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  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842318631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842318631
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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C. Gene Wilkes is married to Kim (McHan) Wilkes (1975) and is the father of two daughters, Storey (21) and Summer (17). He is the pastor of Legacy Church in Plano, Texas, where he has served since 1987. The church has transitioned during Gene's ministry to more effectively carry out its mission to make disciples in the North Dallas/Plano mission field. Gene is the author of "Jesus on Leadership: Discovering the Secrets of Servant Leadership from the Life of Christ." The workbook has been translated into Spanish, and the trade-book edition has been translated into eight languages. Gene has also written "My Identity in Christ" and "With All My Soul: God's Design for Spiritual Wellness," which is part of LifeWay's Fit4 materials. "Paul on Leadership: Servant Leadership in a Ministry of Transition" was released in March 2004. Gene is a national conference speaker on the topics of spiritual gifts, lay mobilization, making disciples, and servant leadership. He has also led conferences and taught in Canada, China, Russia, and Cuba. Gene received his bachelor's degree from Baylor University and his MDiv and PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Gene has been a field supervisor for both Southwestern Theological (Fort Worth, Texas) and Truett (Waco, Texas) seminaries. He is a volunteer chaplain for the Plano Police and Fire Departments. Gene's hobbies are reading, writing, and running. Gene began running seriously in 1999 and since then has completed several ultra marathons, including a 50-mile run, and 5 marathons. He has also completed two sprint triathlons.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Bill MItchell on May 9, 2000
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This book is definitely read at your own risk because it may change your view of church leadership. It is a corrective book for the 21st century paradigm. The author builds seven principles of leadership:
#1: Humble Your Heart #2: First Be A Follower #3: Find Greatness In Service #4: Take Risks #5: Take Up The Towel #6: Share Responsibility & Authority #7: Build A Team
HUMBLE YOUR HEART
Humility is the most counterculture quality in the Bible. The author states," Two distinguishing character qualities of a servant leader are humility and the ability to wait." Humility can only begin when you have a true picture of yourself before God. He does a nice job with a pragmatic definition wof waiting: reflection, prayer and expectation.
FIRST BE A FOLLOWER
"A person can be assigned, selected or designated for a position, but a person cannot be appointed to leadership", is a major quote for this section. Two conclusion developed here: 1: AS LONG AS POSITION IS HONORED ABOVE DISCIPLESHIP, CHURCH LEADERS WILL HONOR THE AMBITIOUS OVER THE OBEDIENT.
2: AMBITION IS NOT THE SAME THING AS WILLINGNESS TO FOLLOW JESUS TO THE CROSS.
FIND GREATNESS IN SERVICE
The author takes two examples on leadership spoken by the Lord: 1) "Lord it over them" and 2) "Exercise authority". TO LORD IT OVER SOMEONE MEANS TO SUBJECT HIM TO YOUR POWER. YOU DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH HIS QUESTIONS.
TAKE RISKS
Quoting Joel Barker, "It is still a great risk in our society to offer new rules for the game", the author develops two points. 1: FILLING ORGANIZATIONAL CHARTS WITH WARM BODIES WILL CERTAINLY KILL A CHURCH. FREEING GOD'S PEOPLE TO SERVE AS GOD HAS GIFTED THEM MAKES A CHURCH GROW.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rick Brown on September 3, 2002
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Much like Jesus sending the seventy out with only the essentials they would need, Gene Wilkes packs the basics you need for leadership in one volume.
He starts with the most primary issue: the heart. Leaders must first be followers of Jesus. He then deals with what seems like an oxymoron: servant leadership. How is one both a servant and a leader at the same time? His answer is that a servant leader is someone who serves the mission and leads by serving those on mission with him.
Following Jesus' lead, Wilkes then discusses how leaders form teams who together can accomplish much more than an individual can. Throughout the book are leads to other resources that can equip leaders further. Discussion questions and action steps also are helpful. Leadership insights from Jesus that can be seen in the secular world are peppered within the pages of this book.
I had the privelege of spending a day with Wilkes in which I discovered he is truly a humble servant of God who has been given a passion for developing servant leaders. This book will help you do the same.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1999
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This is a great book for those looking for a guide on servant-leadership. The example of Jesus's leadership through the New Testament is clearly shown. It is divided into daily studies with a common goal for the each week. I have really enjoyed going through this book as I prepare for marriage and full-time overseas missions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David R. Bess VINE VOICE on January 31, 2004
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I've read several books on leadership, and this one is now near the top of my most-favored list. It is very readable, yet profound. The author condenses a wealth of timeless principles into approximately 200 pages.
Most readers nowadays are familiar with the notion of servant leadership, so Wilkes' principles are not new. What is refreshing is the fresh way he communicates those principles. My favorite aspect of this work is the servant-sayings scattered throughout the pages. For example, the author remarks, "You will never become a servant leader until you first become a servant to the Leader." Another excerpt says, "You are not the leader until the group you are leading says so." A third quote reads, "Servant leaders humble themselves and wait for God to exalt them."
This book was highly recommended to me, and I in turn recommend it to all Christian leaders.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 21, 2009
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Many Christian authors have undertaken the task of identifying the leadership style of Jesus, and there is disagreement about the most important aspect of Jesus' leadership. The distinctions drawn tend to mirror the various approaches to leadership theory in general. For instance, Leighton Ford studies the leadership of Jesus from the perspective of "transforming leadership," echoing the writings of James MacGregor Burns. Ford writes how Jesus is the best example of a transformational leader - divesting himself of his power and investing it in his followers, empowering them for their tasks, and reproducing himself in their leadership (Leighton Ford, Transforming Leadership: Jesus' Way of Creating Vision, Shaping Values, and Empowering Change. Downer's Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1991, 15-16). Other writers such as Wilkes, Efrain Agosto, Don N. Howell, Jr., and Ken Blanchard approach the topic of Jesus' leadership from the perspective of servant-leadership, often echoing the themes found in the writings of Robert K. Greenleaf. As found in the Appendix to Jesus on Leadership, these authors claim that Jesus is the best example of and the true source of servant-leadership, giving a more complete picture where secular conceptions fall short. Whether using the term "servant leader" or "transformational leader," it appears that Christian writers have a tendency to borrow the rubric and concepts of secular leadership studies and cast those concepts in a Christian light.
Those familiar with leadership studies and theories can pick up Wilkes' book and find themselves on familiar ground because he uses the tools they often work with: mission, vision, values, and forming/equipping teams, for example.
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