Excellent adventure

Cruciform calling

Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great.” So Jim Collins begins his book, Good to Great, a study of how 11 companies made the transition from being merely good to great.

Convinced that the book has profound relevance for the church and its ministry, I assigned it as a text for my course on “Leadership and Discipleship.” But when students saw it on the syllabus, not everyone approved. As an African-American student put it, “Dean Jones, I thought you were saved and everything, and here you are having us read a book about business.”


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