A short, easy and poignant read, In the Name of Jesus, is a fundamental leadership resource for those in or working towards faithful Christian leadership. Framing his points around the stories of the temptations of Jesus and Peter’s call to be a shepherd, Nouwen reflects that Christian leaders are constantly tempted to be relevant, popular and powerful.
“My movement from Harvard to L’Arche made me aware in a new way how much my thinking about Christian leadership had been affected by the desire to be relevant, the desire for popularity, and the desire for power.”
Nouwen gives us tools to combat this temptation by encouraging us to truly act in the name of Jesus by: being ready to stand amidst what’s “relevant” and discern God’s actions there; turning to prayer; and being vulnerable to those you serve. In these pages Nouwen encourages us in Christian leadership to truly, truly love Jesus. A soul refreshing read.