The kind of leadership Jesus showed during his earthly ministry was primarily relational, rather than heirarchical. He lived with and walked among his followers, showing them in real life, what discipleship looked like. In Where Would Jesus Lead?, Gary Goodell introduces what he calls "chaordic" leadership. This leadership style involves participating in the chaos of two-way relationships, yet also bringing order by training and discipling--chaordic interaction. Practical ideas and applications on how to carry out this vision in relationships and in small groups are presented.
Jesus modeled leadership by living and walking with His disciples, everyday people, and the religious leaders of His day.
You can emulate His leadership style by changing the traditional hierarchical, pulpit-based leadership model of most Western churches to a more relational form of leading from among the people. This leadership style involves participating in the chaos of real, two-way relationships, yet bringing order by training and disciplingin the midst of chaordic interaction.
Where Would Jesus Lead? is about leading amongrather than leading from, or leading over, or leading from titles, positions, or assumed roles. Author and ministry leader Gary Goodell believes it is time to transition to a more collaborative style of leading, one of coming alongside people, for the peoples sake, and empowering them to achieve their personal God-given destiny. Thinking prophetically, the author courageously contends that interactive relationships that are purposeful yet inherently chaotic are ones to be joyfully embraced.
…But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him [Jesus]. Now a woman…touched the border of His garment. …She declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer, your faith has made you well. Go in peace" (Luke 8:42-48 NKJV).
Practical ideas and applications regarding how to carry out this vision in one-on-one relationships and in small groups are expertly presented. Emphasis on deeper, more effective relationships is Gods heart for the Church in America today.
Gary Goodell has been involved in Christian ministry since the 1960's. As an evangelist, Bible college dean, former pastor, husband, father, grandfather, and one the "lead dreamers," he is an itinerate coach partnered with other innovative leaders through the international church planting network, Third Day Churches. His first book, Permission Granted to Do Church Differently in the 21st Century is available anywhere you buy Christian books. Gary and his wife, Jane, live in San Diego, California.
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