Christian leaders must continually follow Jesus and learn to lead alongside him. Where Jesus Leads draws on Scripture to prepare readers to truly follow Jesus, build communities, make and strengthen disciples, and serve others in this exciting post-Christendom, post-Modern, emergent time. The book starts by reviewing basic kingdom truths, giving leaders a solid theological foundation upon which to grow. It includes practical tips on how best to love and disciple people within the Christian community, as well as the greater communities. Finally, the book equips leaders to nurture and guide other leaders, just as the earliest disciples did.
Each chapter includes questions for personal reflection and group discussion. These pave the way for essential conversations about gospel-based objectives and effective leadership practices, both in general and in the readers’ specific communities. Leadership teams will learn to identify the ways their Christian communities are called to serve, articulate their community visions, involve others, and lead Christian transformation.
Where Jesus Leads weaves Scripture and kingdom vision into every section, so readers don’t lose sight of the big picture. But practical needs also remain at the forefront, through insights and tools for conflict resolution, organization, and ministry evaluation.
On the cover of the book, there is a Fourteenth Century painting by the artist Duccio di Buoninsegna. Two disciples are shown on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-32) with Jesus walking behind them. They're coming to an inn and are asking Jesus to join them for a meal. Jesus is already working in their hearts and we know from the Bible story that, when Jesus joins them there, he reveals himself. But the first step is the disciples inviting him to continue to be part of their journey.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT WHERE JESUS LEADS
“Clergy, lay leaders, and anyone engaged in congregational development or passionate to enliven the Jesus Movement within their church community will find this book thoughtful and thought provoking. Jim Gettel asks the right questions and carefully guides us to the fundamental reality that relationships matter— especially relationship with Jesus. In a time when “brand loyalty” seems to have no relevance, this book provides a clear and convincing argument that relationship with Jesus is the paramount statement of loyalty that will breathe spiritual life, transformation, and growth into our own lives and into the lives of others. If you want to be a better disciple and/or foster discipleship in others, you must read this book!”
THE RT. REV'D WENDELL N. GIBBS, JR., 10TH BISHOP, EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF MICHIGAN
“Jim Gettel writes from the perspective of someone who has accompanied many churches on the journey into deeper and more faithful discipleship. He believes that the fundamental method for learning to join in God’s mission is apprenticeship. We learn to follow Christ more faithfully by our companionship with others on the journey. It has been so from the beginning and in this book Jim offers us a way to practice walking that journey in the midst of the changing realities of our own time.”
THE RT. REV'D JEFFREY D. LEE, BISHOP, EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF CHICAGO
“Jim is offering a unique perspective on ministry in his book ‘Where Jesus Leads.’ Grounded in Scripture with a refreshing fullness of thought, Jim's comments lead us to a solid basis for developing our ministry. I have not finished reading his book and it seems I never will as it appears to be a foundational framework for ongoing ministry. The question and answer format is very challenging at the end of each chapter."
"Where Jesus Leads articulates the importance of relationships as vital parts of Christian communities in ways that are accessible and immediately usable. Gettel insightfully weaves scripture throughout this book to underscore the core value of healthy and affirming relationships within groups of people. The questions at the end of each chapter make teaching these concepts to church leaders easy. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for resources to develop better, more effective leaders in their church communities."
THE REVEREND LAUREL DAHILL