Ken Blanchard: Leading Like Jesus or Being Managed by Other Forces? (Let Us Reason)
It’s no secret that the New Age movement wants to compromise the church by incorporating their practices into the body of Christ. The business world has been consistently exposed to New Age concepts to bring about co-operation and productivity in the workplace. On the other hand, we find business practices being incorporated into the body of Christ. At this particular time the New Age movement has found an open door into the Christian church; I would like to see it shut.
Ken Blanchard, is well known throughout the business world, and is the best-selling author of 31 books including the One Minute Manager that has sold over 10 million copies. Blanchard is also part of the late Peter Drucker’s Leader to Leader network.
Drucker was also one of Rick Warren’s main mentors (Warren says, “I read everything Peter Drucker writes” (see Community Connections).
Many in Christianity have been introduced to Blanchard by the “Lead Like Jesus” conference[s], where Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Dan Cathy, Marjorie Dorr, Tami Heim, Ken Melrose, and Laurie Beth Jones have been speakers (Lead Like Jesus Celebration on April 29, 2004) http://www.christianitytoday.com/conferences/events/2004/40429.html
Among the “Lead Like Jesus” National Board Members, are Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Bob Buford, John Maxwell and New Ager Mark Victor Hansen.
Both Rick Warren and Bill Hybels did a conference with Ken Blanchard (Leadership Summit 2005); Rick Warren, Ken Blanchard and Bill Hybels spoke at ( Lead Like Jesus 2003, 2004). At the 2004 Lead like Jesus Conference, Ken Blanchard & Bill Hybels spoke: “What is Lead Like Jesus All About? and “Making Your Commitment to Lead Like Jesus”(www.leadlikejesus.com).
Blanchard professes to have been a Christian since the mid-1980s. Blanchard states in We Are the Beloved, that, “In 1985 my [spiritual] journey got a boost when Margie and I met Bob and Linda Buford.” A few pages later in the book, Blanchard states, “I bowed my head and said, 'Lord, I can't save myself here.'“And then, “I accept Jesus as my Savior and the bridge between You and me” (We Are the Beloved, 1994). Blanchard recalls in an audio interview “Remembering what Schuller said: Jesus being the greatest one minute manager of all time” (audio tape).
Blanchard soon recognized Jesus as a great leader. Blanchard sees things myopically, through the lens of business, which hinders him from seeing Jesus nature and ways accurately. His mantra is about Jesus as the greatest leadership model; Jesus is the greatest leadership model-Regardless of your faith. While Blanchard says it’s wonderful to have God as his boss, it is left up to interpretation what he means by this? Of his business or his life, spiritual life, or both? I do not mean to impugn his character but there are some very serious issues that need to be addressed for someone who is so well known to the world and the church.
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Apparently, David Jeremiah has also linked arms with Ken Blanchard. Unfortunately, this is not surprising seeing as how David Jeremiah has also promoted New Age Roman Catholic Roma Downey (Roma Downey Reveals Her New Age, Catholic Beliefs)
Those who wonder why Dr. David Jeremiah has made the decision to back Ken Blanchard’s peculiar blend of evangelicalism and New Spirituality need only read his book, Life Wide Open to see that he himself is wide open to the teachings of those embracing eastern contemplative spirituality. Life Wide Open has just been republished in a new edition for a new set of readers. Deborah Dombrowski writes:
“In light of the fact that in David Jeremiah’s 2003 book, Life Wide Open, he favorably quotes feminine spiritualist Sue Monk Kidd ( When the Heart Waits), contemplative Calvin Miller (Into the Depths of God), Buddhist sympathizer Peter Senge (The Fifth Discipline), emerging church leader, Erwin McManus, and mystic sympathizer Jim Collins, it may not be any wonder that he has partnered up with Ken Blanchard who is a board member of the Hoffman Quadrinity Process Institute and a participant in the interspiritual, New Age organization, Heartland Circle.” (http://www.sliceoflaodicea.com/)
-See: THE TWIN PYTHONS OF DECEPTION: Apprising Ministries
Good summary quote from the same article:
"Truly when you measure the David Jeremiahs and the Brian McLarens and the Rick Warrens by the D.L. Moodys and the G. Campbell Morgans and the Robert Murray McCheynes there is an appaling lack of continuity in what is being taught by that first group of fifth-rate man-pleasers. Today the Church has become afraid to use her God-given discernment and is unfortunately all too willing to accept anyone who comes naming the name of Jesus regardless of what they say about our precious Christ."
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