In the Name of Jesus Quotes by Henri J.M. Nouwen
In the Name of Jesus Quotes
Henri J. Crossroad, I realized that it was far from easy to come up with a sane perspective on Christian leadership in the coming century. God is a God of the present and reveals to those who are willing to listen carefully to the moment in which they live the steps they are to take toward the future. The request to reflect on Christian leadership in the next century has created quite a bit of anxiety in me. What can I say about the next century if I feel at a loss when people ask me about next month?
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His gleanings in this book are taken primarily from his experience living in a house for the mentally handicapped, and the things that he learned about leadership and ministry in the process. Nouwen is writing because he believes that Christian leadership has been affected by three great temptations: by the desire to be relevant, the desire for popularity, and the desire for power, all three of which are seen as parts of an effective ministry. In response to this Nouwen calls for three main shifts in Christian thinking about leadership. The first temptation in leadership that Nouwen covers is the temptation towards relevance, toward being the person who can do things, show things, prove things, etc. By giving up this desire to be relevant the Christian leader may enter in a deeper solidarity with the true pain that underlies the appearance of success. The second temptation in leadership Nouwen points out is the temptation to be spectacular, to be popular, to win great applause.
What should Christian leadership look like… or more to the point, what should the heart of a Christian leader be? Henri Nouwen offered some thoughts on that question in a little book he had published back in — In the Name of Jesus. In the age of the executive Pastor or the Priest as the business manager, with the local church being the business, the words of Nouwen in this little book desperately need to be heard. The church has too often become a business entity and product needing strategic planning, defined vision, mission and values and marketing plans. The hallmarks of such an approach are the pursuit of relevance, a longing for popularity, the desire to be spectacular and attain power and a top down leadership that isolates the Pastor as the fountain of church life by which success or failure will flow. With these things at the forefront the desired strengths of the Pastor have shifted.