John Stott (1921-2011) lived a committed life as a Christian theologian and pioneer. Firstly a few brilliant facts of this man; He basically started the Evangelical movement across the world, he wrote numerous books on theological and sociological subjects which became the foundations for their respective fields of study AND was one of the most influential figures in the Christian church globally.
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A great preacher at my Church went to the UK on a mission in 2010 to somehow meet this amazing man. He had no contacts or people he could call on to set up a meet but he was determined and eventually managed a meeting shortly before his death. I'm still quite jealous about this fact, but he came back and told of John Stott's influential words and persona which spoke wonders to his character. He truly was a great man and leader.
Many of our visitors may wonder why I've included Mr Stott in our famous leader's section, the truth is that we're shaped by the people around us and speaking into us. I've read a lot of his books and have been profoundly impacted by his accomplishments in his life. If you're open to being influenced by a diverse amount of people then you'll be much better for it!
The truth is that often we're shut off from alternative leadership figures around us! And although my Christian faith makes me open to theological work and leaders, I can't encourage you enough to open your net a little broader to learn some gold from people who you may otherwise ignore.
As he is a personal hero of my own, the information I could provide about him would not be enough to do just to the legacy he left behind. I've read several of his books but one particular book just stood out to me and has been read over and over again. It stands (very warn) on my bookshelf as a testament to the pain, suffering and issues of this world and is a brilliant work into a theological response to global issues.
If you're a believer I can't highly enough recommend reading it and being challenged. I'll leave a link to the product on amazon, the book is called 'issues facing Christians today' and is absolutely brilliant.
Moving on from my little rant about this books brilliance, lets get into the leadership lessons we can learn from this exemplary man. What did he offer or do with his life which deserves such high praise and honor?
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