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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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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080106564X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801065644
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Siang-Yang Tan is senior pastor of First Evangelical Church in Glendale, CA. He is also professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, a licensed psychologist, and author of Lay Counseling: Equipping Christians for a Helping Ministry. He lives in Arcadia, CA.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Nossal on October 5, 2009
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I'm ashamed (proud) to admit that this is my first review. Selfish, because I've read a lot of books and could more than likely have helped many people with at least an honest review before this. That said and out of the way, my review:

This book has the power to change your Christian life. It is up to you to decide if you will let it. What Dr. Tan talks about is spot on, theologically-speaking, and is painful to the leader-glutton in us all. I am on my second reading and it is (again) painful to read through it. It convicts.

When I read the book, I slap my forehead. Doh! This is how Christianity is meant to be lived...by getting on your knees and serving. It isn't by thrusting yourself forward and drawing praise. That's God job, if at all! Not ours!

I believe nearly every sin is rooted in pride. This book is an antidote. Take it. Read it slowly. Read it prayerfully. Read it again and again.

I am thankful for Dr. Tan that he wrote this book. Christ did not come to be served, but to serve. Yet how often do we expect to be served? I do often. Dr. Tan humbly points us to Jesus. You will be glad you read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Green on June 3, 2009
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The approach of the author allowed for deep reflection. The book is well-written and demonstrated a good depth of scholarship in the content. The author carefully unpacked how servanthood is related to every area of life. Servanthood is not oppose to the concept of friendship. Every child of God should find this book useful. In addition, those who are searching for a relationship that will transform their lives will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jen on August 31, 2012
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Dr Tan gets it as a Pastor and Psychologist. His work is excellent, fully backed by scripture, humorous yet serious and practical. Loved reading this book and his thoughts on humility.
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By StudytoLearn on October 5, 2013
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Excellently structured and well written book on Christian service. Mr. Siang-Yang Tan writes concise and to the point, definitely a re-readable book
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By Jeffrey on July 28, 2013
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I am still reeling from this book and the help it offers to those in the body of Christ. I am looking forward to reading more of his titles.
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