Leonard Sweet’s thesis is that many of us have inadvertently bought into an incorrect view of leadership. In the church, it isn’t all about gaining leadership as we have been told, it is about joining together to be followers of Christ. This changes everything! The goal in ministry isn’t to get the most people to follow us, it is to invite them to join us in a fellowship of followers. We may have a function of leadership, but our identity is followership.Jesus says, “Among you it will be different.” You want to be first? Be last! You want to be greatest? Be least! You want to find yourself? Lose yourself! You want to be exalted? Be humble.
Sweet fleshes this out in the theme of followership of Jesus by exploring the way, the truth, and the life. In these chapters Sweet gives various glimpses of how true followers of Christ should really live.
I disagreed with a few of Sweet’s statements like, “On many levels God does not operate without our consent.” I don’t think God needs our consent for anything.
For those of us who have read many books on leadership this one offers an alternate, yet balanced perspective. After introducing the thesis, the book wasn’t exactly filled with insights, but it is worth a read.