New Book Shows Catholics How to Lead Like Jesus

by Christine Schicker Monday, April 27, 2009
Christine Schicker, 404-610-8871,
Ashley Walker, 678-990-9032,

Huntington, IN, April 27, 2009 – What does influence require? From getting our children to make their beds to leading our co-workers towards great ideas, our greatest impact may dwell in our relationships. Studies increasingly show that people are influenced more by those who matter in their lives than by those with whom they have no connection. As “difference makers” to our spouses, children, co-workers and friends, we need a handbook to help us along this journey more than ever.

In an exciting new book uniquely geared towards Catholics, readers will discover that the greatest model for influence in both big and little ways is Jesus Christ. In The Catholic Vision for Leading like Jesus, published by Our Sunday Visitor, Dr. Owen Phelps captures Jesus in a compelling way, reminding us that Jesus was (and is today) the greatest leader of all time, having led his disciples to spread the Christian message to more than 3.5 billion people. His perfect leadership style is a model for work, family and all the personal relationship areas of life.

We are living in a time when anyone can have a heightened influence at home, in the workplace and through our communities as we work through this uncertainty. Phelps says, “Once we understand how little control we have, we can focus on how much influence we can have. In this book, readers will learn how simple, everyday actions have the potential to affect hundreds of thousands of people.”

Be it Main Street or Wall Street, it is everyday faith in action that brings order to disorder, hope to chaos and real solutions to what may seem like insurmountable problems. Leading Like Jesus readers will learn that their ordinary acts of charity, justice and generosity can have a tremendous impact on the people around them. As Phelps demonstrates, the keys to success in life flow from Jesus' actions and teachings.

The Catholic Vision for Leading like Jesus is an effort to affirm and expand the insights found in the non-denominational Lead Like Jesus movement which focuses on the servant leadership examples of the Bible . Phelps, a certified Lead Like Jesus facilitator, recognized the opportunity to develop those insights further in light of Catholic teaching, tradition and experience. Says Phelps, “Our purpose in this book is to expand the concept of servant leadership to include both steward leadership and shepherd leadership. In this way we help balance the great truth found in Scripture so that we all might live better, love more and build the kingdom as Jesus did – with the heart of true servant leader focused on fulfilling the will of God.”

In The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus, Phelps introduces Christ’s areas of leadership in this S3 Leadership framework- his role as a Servant, Steward and Shepherd. Each chapter is rich in Scripture, with quotes from Saints, examples, stories and questions for reflection, as well as concrete methods to apply the leadership qualities of Christ in our daily lives. We are all leaders, by choice or by default. And now is the time to discover where we can make a difference as people of faith, in all of our relationships. Phelps provides a true vision for Catholics who want to make an impact at home, work, church or community by putting them on the exact path with Jesus.

To schedule an interview with Owen Phelps, Ph.D., contact Schicker at 404-610-8871 or Walker at 678-990-9032, both with The Maximus Group.


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