The moment Jesus kneels with a towel and bowl to wash his disciples’ feet. The point where he looks Peter in the eye and predicts betrayal. That intimate, urgent prayer to the Father for the disciples. That resolute strength before the Sanhedrin, before Pilate, before the crowd. The cross. The talk with Mary in the Garden. The walk with Peter at Galilee.
The later chapters of the Gospel of John form what is for many the deepest and most moving accounts of all Scripture. They also form a detailed description of Jesus’ final days and hours on earth, Jesus final instructions to his team as he prepares to hand on his ministry. Karl Martin mines this incredibly rich vein of Scripture to draw lessons for leadership, leadership in Jesus’ way, and shows that leadership in the way of Jesus is about humility, about investing your life in your team, about facing betrayal, about dying to self, about handing on, about succession. Ultimately, Karl argues, true leadership is not about seeing others serve your dream – it is about seeing others released into the dreams, the gifting and calling that the Lord has placed on their lives. It is about something beyond you.
This deceptively profound, honest and practical book gives great insight for leaders – challenge for younger leaders, encouragement for mid-life leaders, and refreshment for the mature leaders – and what may be some of the most significant lessons of their leadership life.
What people are saying
“Anyone can preach a message, but living that message can be another matter entirely. I have seen Karl preach, But I have also stayed with his family in Edinburgh, Scotland. I have written songs in his living room. I have shared meals with him. He has prayed for me during some of the most crucial times in my life. In all of these things I can say that I have experienced the message of his life far beyond what he pens on a page. I know this book will impact you, but I really hope you get a chance to meet him.”Pat BarrettHousefires
“Karl Martin is the kind of leader who replicates leadership in others. He is brilliant at identifying talent, getting alongside others and equipping them to lead. This book flows from years of experience, more from the heart than the pulpit. Packed with biblical inspiration and practical, hard-won insights – I recommend it highly.”Pete GreigFounder 24-7 Prayer
“It was like being catapulted into the future God had for me. Karl called out leadership in me by constant, garishly optimistic encouragement. I led before anyone should have followed me, preached before I could preach, was listened to when there were wiser, more experienced voices to be heard. I’ll forever be thankful for the leadership Karl gave me and inspired me to take hold of, and even more grateful for the friendship that has remained.”Tim MayOrdinand, St Peter's Bethnal Green
“What I know of Karl completely qualifies him to write about leadership. In this book are principles and material that will help leaders of all ages and at all stages of their leadership journey. Digesting it will be well worth your time, and if you are fortunate enough to get this material in your twenties, you are the better for it.”Brian TomeSenior Pastor, Crossroads, Cincinnati