From Publishers Weekly
Pastor and psychologist Tan (Coping with Depression
) believes that we need to stop thinking so much about servant leadership and focus on servanthood. He says the hope of the church is not necessarily in its leaders but in those who choose to play the role of a servant, willing to tackle any task out of their love for Jesus. He contrasts servanthood with servitude, which is "slavery to other people's demands," and with self-righteous service, which is driven by pride rather than love. He also looks at the suffering, humility and rest that will accompany true service and places servanthood within the contexts of evangelism, work, home and church. Readers may get the sense that Tan is very passionate about this topic with much to teach, but that they have yet to truly hear his voice. Every chapter contains an endless list of references and quotes (i.e., Richard Foster's nine characteristics of true service, Brian McLaren's five strategies for rethinking evangelism, Bill Bright's 10 keys to leadership). These references are excellent, and it is of some value to have them all collected in one place, but at the end of the day this proves to be a difficult read with little value added to the string of quotations. (Mar.)
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From the Back Cover
Is servanthood a way to lead or a way of life?
Leadership has its place in Christian ministry, but God calls us, first and foremost, to servanthood. Servant is not a modifier for some other activity but the foundation of the Christian life.
Siang-Yang Tan calls the church back to its primary role of being servants of Christ and other people. This genuine Spirit-inspired servant attitude will enable you to enter more deeply into God's rest and grace and will revolutionize your life and ministry.
"Dr. Tan has wonderfully distilled and critiqued the vast literature on servanthood and leadership and given us practical insights into how servanthood looks in daily life."--Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline
; founder of RENOVARÉ
"I have benefited from Siang-Yang's servanthood as a student, beginning writer, and friend. This book is an act of servanthood for you!"--John Ortberg, author, God Is Closer Than You Think
; teaching pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
"Finally, the cart has been put back behind the horse! Tan reminds us that Jesus' call to servanthood is both primary and universal."--Gary W. Moon, editor, Conversations
journal; author, Falling for God
"This superb book on servanthood reflects the exceptional wisdom and spiritual depth for which Dr. Tan has become known."--Donald A. Hagner, George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary
"The message of this book is biblical, balanced, and countercultural."--Chi-Hok Wong, president, First Evangelical Church Association
Siang-Yang Tan is professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary and senior pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale in California. He has written numerous books, including Coping with Depression
and Disciplines of the Holy Spirit