truly was a courteous rebel. He committed himself completely to
challenging the status quo. Jesus’ thoughts were not conventional
thoughts, nor his actions conventional actions. He crossed many
social boundaries in order to create a movement that was inclusive
and full of hope. He did not use defiance or violence to advance
his cause; rather, he used a respectful and gracious approach to
influence others. Jesus cultivated extraordinary relationships
with his followers. He invested deeply in others, and personally
attended to people and dedicated himself to meeting their needs.
He created a cultural climate in which his followers could flourish,
and encouraged an atmosphere of openness, accountability, and equity.
He used symbols and celebration to help his followers find meaning
in their lives.
cannot help but marvel at the tremendous trust and commitment
that Jesus’ followers displayed. What could be so compelling
that they would give up the comforts of home, make colossal sacrifices,
and take countless risks in order to follow this rebel who burst
onto the scene two thousand years ago?
book Courteous Rebel: Jesus’ Model of Leadership is
based on a literary critical analysis of the synoptic Gospels.
This intense qualitative research has been translated into practical