Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Agape Leadership: Lessons in Spiritual Leadership
from the Life of R.C. Chapman
Review by Brad Scheelke
Do you desire to grow in love and humility to glorify Christ? Do you want the Father to change you so that others will see Jesus in you? This stimulating and inspiring short biography gives a high vision of God’s faithfulness to change one man to reflect Christ. And as we start the 21st century, we desperately need examples of what Christian leaders are to be like. Robert Cleaver Chapman (1803-1902) provides an extraordinary example of Christ-like, agape leadership. Although little known today, he was a widely respected Christian leader in England during the 19th century. Chapman became legendary in his own time for his gracious ways, his patience, his kindness, his balanced judgment, his ability to reconcile people in conflict, his absolute fidelity to Scripture, and his loving pastoral care. By the end of his life, Chapman was known worldwide for his love, wisdom and compassion. He became so well known in England that a letter from abroad addressed only to "R. C. Chapman, University of Love, England" was correctly delivered to him! See godly, pastoral leadership in action through these biographical snapshots from Chapman's life.
"The saintliest man I ever knew."
"R.C. Chapman's life is a vivid illustration of Jesus’’ teaching. I have given a copy of the book to pastors and ministry leaders with the prayer that we might reject a professional ministry mindset and follow Jesus as Chapman did."
-- Peter Hubbard, Pastor/Teacher, North Hills Community Church, Taylors, SC
(Agape Leadership, by Robert L. Peterson & Alexander Strauch; paperback; 76 pages; $6.00) For $6.00 Oasis Books will send it free postage (via media mai) in the USA. It is available in Spanish for the same deal.