Book: Nouwen – Reflections on Christian Leadership

Book: In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership

I’ve heard of Henri J. M. Nouwen before, but this is the first of his books that I’ve even looked at. A welcome change of pace from the academic works I’ve been looking at, and a healthy reminder of the spiritual side of Christianity.

Spirituality itself – and even remembering that there is a God at the heart of Christianity is sometimes smothered in the quest for great teaching that I often find myself on.

This book, first on the recommended reading list for one of my college subjects (Ministry Formations). This remarkably short book – easy to read in a spare hour – is a timely reminder to those involved in Christian ministry. Is being a Christian leader about professionalism or scholarship? No. Being a Christian leader is first and foremost about being a Christian. Is the life of a pastor a solitary one – having been handed a compass and a backpack, are you on your own? No: a case can be made from the bible of Christian leaders working in pairs, not alone. Food for thought.

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