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"Ajith Fernando is a writer from whom I've learned much and whose authenticity I greatly respect."
Ravi Zacharias, Founder and President, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries; author, Jesus Among Other Gods

"There is an authenticity, deep simplicity, and biblical richness to the writings of Ajith Fernando. The effect is that when I go to his books in search for something specific, I get drawn in longer than I intend. That is what happened with this book, every time I poked my nose into a different chapter. The church in the Western world needs to read what Ajith Fernando writes."
John Piper, Founder, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College & Seminary

"What makes the writing of Ajith Fernando so convincing is the authenticity of his ministry. As few persons I know in this generation, he lives what he preaches."
Robert E. Coleman, Distinguished Senior Professor of Evangelism and Discipleship, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"Ajith Fernando towers above the crowd as one of the great Christians of our time. He is esteemed internationally for biblical scholarship and expository Bible teaching and for his work as an apologist and evangelist. It is no surprise that his Jesus Driven Ministry sets the Christocentric standard for us all."
R. Kent Hughes, Visiting Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

"Ajith Fernando does what he sets out to do-to name the basics in ministry, to validate them in Scripture, the church's tradition, and experience. He makes the case that who we are is as important as what we do in ministry. This book will help us, no matter where we are on our ministry journey."
Maxie D. Dunnam, President, Asbury Theological Seminary

"People who have sensed a divine call become confused about what a minister should be. CEO? Therapist? Visionary? Communicator? Shepherd? Dr. Fernando demonstrates the relevance of the ministry model of Jesus to the matters ministers face globally. If the priorities articulated in this book become the priorities of those in ministry, there will be greater integrity in the church, the truth of the gospel will be seen in the actions of its ministers, and the Lord will be honored."
Greg Waybright, Former President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Senior Pastor, Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena, California

About the Author

Ajith Fernando is the teaching director of Youth for Christ in war-torn Sri Lanka after serving as the ministry's National Director for 35 years. He and his wife, Nelun, are active in a church ministering primarily to the urban poor. His ministry includes mentoring younger staff and counseling Christian workers. He is the author of fifteen books published in eighteen languages.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (January 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581348517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581348514
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ajith Fernando is a native of Sri Lanka and a prolific writer on biblical, apologetic, and cultural themes. Like John Stott, his books are usually organized around the exposition of biblical texts. For example, his excellent work, "Sharing the Truth in Love: How to Relate to People of Other Faiths" (Discovering House Publishers, 2001), follows the structure of Paul's great address to the Athenians in Acts chapter 17. "Jesus Driven Ministry" follows the structure of the Gospel of Mark, but adds many elaborations from other biblical texts and anecdotes from Fernando's active and challenging ministry with Youth for Christ in Sri Lanka. Fernando believes that the way in which Jesus and the disciples practiced ministry remains a model for contemporary Christians in every culture. This is a simple but ultimately radical thesis.
As a Sri Lankan who received his theological training in the United States and who often lectures here (including Denver Seminary), Fernando is privy to cross-cultural and deeply biblical insights that evangelicals need to hear and heed. His fourteen chapters address the following issues in profound ways: the need to identify with the people to whom one ministers, spiritual empowerment for ministry, the importance of recognizing God's affirmation of us in Christ, the significance of retreating from ministry activity periodically, affirming the will of God, being saturated in Scripture for godly ministry, "facing wild animals" (or opponents to ministry); bearing the good news, growing a team of leaders, discipling younger leaders, sending disciples into ministry, ministering to the sick and demon possessed, visiting homes, and prayer.
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This is an EXCELLENT book to read for those of you who, like me, are desiring to enter into the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I have been taking some online bible classed through Pillar Of Truth Bible Institute and this was one I was required to read for one of the classes. IT IS VERY GOOD!!!
One thing I love about the Lord...when you are studying something in the right season...He teaches you in between the lines...He is doing this with me with this particular book.
One of the things taught...is not to set "holiness" aside as some are in the habit of doing. It is taught here that some in biblical times lost their power due to operating in the gifts without also being characterized with the Lord's holiness. This spoke to me BIG TIME as recently the Lord spoke to me through 3 little foxes. I knew what this meant...the little foxes being so called "little sins" which grow up to be quite destructive!!! In my case...He was calling to mind...little foxes in my own life...one was...coming home to find I was not charged for something and taking a lonnnnnggggg time to go back and pay for it. I did go back and got `er paid for...as know it is just too big a cost to let it go.

Just one example of the many nuggets in store for you in this book.

For me this book has been one of those "just can't seem to put it down" type of books and I look forward to time with the Lord as I read the lines and listen in between the lines.

May you be blessed and enriched and more prepared for the ministry the Lord has for you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord!!!! ~amen~
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This is a terrific book putting the practical and spiritual sides of ministry is full application. Pastors or other church leaders will appreciate the various comments regarding interaction of ministry and the leader's personal issues.
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I highly recommend this book for any Christian. Teaching straight from the Bible and drawing from his wealth of experience in ministry, the author offers an insightful and extremely encouraging guide to life and ministry as a follower of Christ.
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A must read for amyone interested in discipleship. It shows how Jesus made disciples,, and then how his disciples and other 1st century Christ follwers did the same, and then author brings it home by showing how others, including himself, have followed the same model,
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The struggle to have a ministry that pleases God has become difficult with many churches attempting to glamorize ministry. This book helps us to remain focused on the heart of what ministry should be about.
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This is a great Christian workers' manual book. A book you must read if you want to serve God. I have bought many copies to give to my Christian good friends.
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