Leading Like Francis – Building God’s House

Leading Like Francis – Building God's House introduces the reader to the foundational principles of servant-leadership and how they are clearly manifested in the life of St. Francis of Assisi. The book clarifies the ten characteristics of servant-leaders as identified by Robert Greenleaf and seen in Francis, and now in Pope Francis. Each section incorporates stories from Francis' life, passages from his writing and from Scripture, and then offers activities that individuals or groups may use to reflect on their own experience and develop habits of servant leaders.

Members and friends of the Franciscan communities will find the book especially helpful, and it will be a welcomed resource for anyone interested in Franciscan spirituality. Because leadership is always an issue in pastoral ministry, the book will be a useful resource for those involved in ministry formation, parish life, and the new evangelization. As a spirituality for leaders, this book this will be of interest to members of boards of directors, executives, parents, teachers – in short, all persons who wish to lead like Francis and like Christ.

Available from New City Press (New York, London, Manila) $14.95.
ISBN: 978-1-56548-575-4

"This book about servant leadership in the Franciscan tradition will affirm one's aspirations to grow and give witness to a Franciscan model of service. One's repertoire of preferred leadership behaviors is quickly enhanced in this framework of stories from scripture, Franciscan texts, and references from the insights of modern leaders." - Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA, past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious​ and the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

"This book is a delight! Its rich mix of information, inspiration and practical guidance recognizes that everyone is called to lead -- and that leadership begins on the inside. It will draw you closer to St. Francis, inspire you with his faith and devotion, and guide you every step of the way to becoming the kind of disciple and leader who would make Jesus and Francis both smile." -  Owen Phelps, author of The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus and founder of the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute

"Carl Koch masterfully provides stories and writings of Francis of Assisi to exemplify Robert Greenleaf's ten characteristics of a servant-leader. The interplay of the thirteenth century saint with prevalent thought on leadership reflects the author's vast knowledge of servant-leadership. Leaders desiring a resource for ongoing formation in servant leadership and/or Franciscan spirituyality will delight in this book." - Ramona Miller, OSF, Franciscan Pilgrimage leader, past president of the Franciscan Federation, and author of In the Footsteps of Saint Clare

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