The greatest networker in history was Jesus Christ. Beginning with a team of three close friends and a dozen followers, He created an organization that today has over 2 billion members. Jesus networked for a single purpose: to introduce people to the kingdom of God. No product, service, or personal friendship can meet the needs of people more completely than ushering them into God's rule. Jesus used networking to deliver to humanity the highest level of service that anyone has ever offered. Regardless of your line of work, adopting the Jesus style of networking can take your life and career to a new level. By networking His way, you can achieve greater success in your career or professional life. You can enhance your personal life through building more and better friendships. You can find more significance in your life by ratcheting up the level and breadth of service you provide to others. Learning to network like Jesus will help you make the most of your life for God and for others.
Joseph Castleberry is President of Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. Raised in Alabama and educated at Evangel University (BA), Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Columbia University (EdD), he has been a kingdom networker his whole life long, taking his first professional position in ministry in 1983 in Princeton, New Jersey at Nassau Christian Center. He has served as a youth pastor, campus minister, church planter, university professor, missionary to Latin America, community development entrepreneur, seminary dean, and college president. He is also the author of Your Deepest Dream: Discovering God's True Vision for Your Life (NavPress, 2012) www.josephcastleberry.com.