The book says that we need to move away from a culture of leadership (actually it says cult of leadership) and focus on followership. Which is a good idea. However I felt that the author spent too much time focusing on why leadership is bad, and leaders are misguided, and how we need to stop focusing on leadership. BUT HE NEVER DOES.
I would have preferred to hear more about how to develop as a follower.
I agree with the basic premise of this book, that we all want to be leaders, when we are called to be followers. But I think we can't undervalue the gift of leadership as a calling, provided it is secondary to the followership.
Not a book I enjoyed, and not one I would recommend. I am however led to believe that his other books are quite good, so I will try another one at a later stage.
I recently ready the book, "I Am A Follower" by Leonard Sweet. We live in a world that is staurated with people wanting to be leaders. Our society claims that leadership is where the success is and everyone should try to get there. As a Pastor I even have longed for leadership. My personality is one that given the situation I naturally want to lead in whatever I am doing. Sweet offers a little different view. One that is Biblical however never really sank in before. Jesus never called us to be leaders, He called us to follow. He called us to follow His ways. Life as He lived. From you knowing how to follow Jesus others can learn to learn too.
When we live a life of a follower naturally the fruits of knowing Jesus are produced. They are produced on their own and not from careful planning and strategy. I personally think that desiring to be a leader is not wrong but it is key to know how to follow Jesus before you expect to effectively lead anyone. I would recommend this book to those who really desire to lead. It is a little slow getting into but give it a chance. There is a lot of challenging information that Sweet offers you to think about.
The author challenges you and for me at least, made me really rethink the way in which I follow Jesus' and God's teachings, takes the reader on a journey back to basics and retraces the steps back to who I am? Where am I? Where am I going? So now ask yourself!!! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to examine their own Christian faith... Read this and be ready to change, that's no empty promises. In addition he provides ample examples and stories to ensure that the book was not merely theoretical. Sweet also discusses the importance of discipleship, and the crucial role this has in developing real Jesus followers. Sweet makes the case that Jesus is the only Leader, and the rest of us are followers. Jesus showed us perfect leadership by being a perfect Follower. Read this now!
I read a lot of books and after picking this one up I couldn't set it down. Most churches seem to have little tolerance for risk in ministry. Ministry can be messy, but this book challenges its readers to embrace risk. I have been challenged to develop a theology of risk.They close the book with some examples of where
This book is filled with good material and many good quotes. I am so glad to have read this book. The authors are clearly passionate about the Church and the kingdom of God. More importantly, they remind us again that the church does not exist for herself. The message is so good that it must be shared. . It is while encouraging these that this book shines. However, in order to overcome these problems what the church does not need is a renewed A bold and sobering claim to be sure, but one eminently worth considering.