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Excerpt: "Leadership is hard. Leading like Christ is even harder. Some fail. Many burn out. Most struggle with the people they are called to serve and lead. I myself feel that I make mistakes more often than I “get it right.” I want to be humble and lead well, but at times I feel threatened and frustrated. Sometimes the preaching is good and sometimes not so good. Sometimes people respond and lives are changed, but not as much as one would think, given all the resources, time, and talent poured out. Something crucial is missing from our understanding of servant leadership. I believe it is an awareness of where our leadership really gets shaped."


Originally published as chapter 17 of The Gospel after Christendom : New Voices, New Cultures, New Expressions, edited by Ryan K. Bolger, and Ryan K Bolger, Baker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2012.

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