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Upside Down: The Paradox of Servant Leadership [Paperback]

By Stacy Rinehart (Author)
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Item description for Upside Down: The Paradox of Servant Leadership by Stacy Rinehart...

If you're tired of feeling like there is more to leadership than telling others what to do, Upside Down will help you practice true spiritual leadership and follow Jesus' leadership advice to empower others.

THE LEADERSHIP STYLE OF JESUS. Most believers are familiar with Jesus' recipe for leadership success: "Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all." (Mark 10: 43-44) But when it comes to putting that into practice, many leaders are content to leave Jesus' advice on a dusty road in Galilee and follow society's leadership trends.

Servant leadership-the kind of leadership Jesus practiced-is something that sets believers apart. The choice of whether to follow the leadership path to power, authority, and control or the road to humility and putting others first is an important one. Jesus cuts through the superfluous issues surrounding leadership and moves straight to the heart of the matter, addressing our motives and values, writes Dr. Rinehart.

If you're ready to take your leadership to a new level by following Jesus' footsteps, Upside Down will challenge you to equip and liberate others to fulfill God's purposes for them in the world.

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Servant leadership--the kind of leadership Jesus practiced--is something that sets believers apart. The choice of whether to follow the leadership path to power, authority, and control or the road to humility and putting others first is an important one. Learn how to be the kind of leader Jesus was.
- Includes discussion questions

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Studio: NavPress
Pages   171
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.64" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.37"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2001
Publisher   NavPress Publishing Group
ISBN  1576830799  
ISBN13  9781576830796  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stacy Rinehart is the founder of MentorLink International, a global ministry focused on multiplying Christlike leaders. Stacy is a former Vice President of the Navigators and holds a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife, Paula, reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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A Text Review of "Upside Down: The Paradox of Servant Leadership"  Jan 28, 2008
Upside Down by Stacy Rinehart gives the reader a closer look at leadership. The writer puts forth the notion that Jesus had his own style of leading and serving others. Christ's approach to that was a unique methodology that he invented: servant leadership.

Though the audience may have a familiarity with this concept, the writer makes it new. Dr. Rinehart feels that this is the biblical model behind leadership. He also conveys to the reader why one should implement this style of leadership as their own. The author feels that these theories most closely represent what Jesus himself practiced while here on earth.

"The paradox of servant leadership" is an ironic, yet direct subtitle for this book. It gives the reader a hint at what benefits might follow from learning more about this idea of service through leadership. From the author's own experiences, he defines the difference between secular leadership and sacrificial leadership while laying a solid foundation of how one might get a theological basis for the latter. He asserts that it is the Christian's duty to learn, model, and carry out Jesus-centered leadership. Dr. Rinehart feels that following the model of Jesus will best suit any position in ministry because the Lord has called us, not just ministers, but all of Christendom to be servants. Another focus of the text is to stay away from the lust of power, for this is surely not servanthood. Next, the author shows the reader why he or she would need to act on it. Then, once you see the results from action, you need to share it and disciple others in the same way. Finally, have faith and hopefully your disciples with repeat the cycle for themselves.

Somebody has the talent, gift, or calling to be a leader. How might one execute the full potential of this ability? The author freely expounds on this inquisition with passion and poignancy. If we have the right teacher, our education can take us the right way. Our instructor is Christ and his model of guidance is servant leadership. Dr. Rinehart does not necessarily feel that a person is born with this, but a person can be taught these ideas. And surely, if a man or woman is called into the ministry, he or she ought to learn this scriptural model if having success at reaching people is a goal. These are the types of ideas that are found in Upside Down, which is a better than average book.

The author does a good job of breaking down the barriers of typical leadership models. His writing is consistent and his vernacular is persistent. However, that is a troublesome area within the book itself. There are only so many ways you can say servant leadership and be talking about its intentions. The book started out excellent, but turns into a weary read toward the end because of the detail the author goes into on what one might label, `the less essentials of leadership.' A fantastic highlight is when the writer moves on from addressing the New Testament times of Christ and devotes much of a chapter to the early church fathers and their practices in leadership. That was such an interesting section because of the value history plays in explaining a methods foundation.

Dr. Rinehart certainly seems to be an authority on this subject. Much of the book is his life experiences and how he learned from them. The writer expresses a certain unwritten suggestion to the reader that he hopes his audience would learn from his mistakes. Those sentiments seem to be the point to this book after all: do not model your calling, ministry, or life after anything or anyone but Jesus.
Challenging expectations  Jun 28, 2001
Stacy's book challenges much of the world's expections about leadership. It is written out of his own experiences in secular, military, and religious leadership positions. He therefore make a strong case for his fresh understanding of what God really intends for leaders in all arenas. I'm using it with a group of adults to challenge them to rethink their leadership expectations and accept new roles of leadership in our church.
It's not a long book, and the insights within are profound.  Sep 28, 1999
Written for Christian Ministry leaders by a Christian Ministry Executive, this book uses Scripture as its foundation and therefore some readers may be "put off", especially if unfamiliar with the Bible. But it may also prove very thought-provoking for non-Christians.

Our own firm is comprised of people with different religious (and non-religious) backgrounds and we've found the concepts presented to be interesting and worthy of discussion.

As a member of the Friends (Quakers), I was delighted to see affirmations of our beliefs outlined as the basic tenets of New Testament theology. As a contemporary business leader, I was challenged to embody the spirit of humble service exemplified by early Christians, without the pride and need for power that I so often feel. Highly recommended!


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