I’ve Got Your Back




I’ve Got Your Back

James C. Galvin, Ed D.

Foreword by John and Nancy Ortberg


If Jesus wrote a book about leadership today, he would tell a story. That’s what the author decided when he tore up his first draft. Instead, he wrote a parable about four twenty-somethings who are having major problems with bad bosses. Jack Hendrickson, a retired Army Special Forces Sergeant and former missionary, begins to teach them Biblical principles about leadership and when they put it into practice at work…it makes their lives worse!

Experienced leaders are calling I’ve Got Your Back a landmark book to help next generation leaders with a Biblical foundation for leadership. Many talented young people have been victims of follower abuse. They don’t want anything to do with leadership positions. Some have issues with authority and need guidance to heal. Galvin writes about a new kind of leader the world is desperate to follow.

At the end of the parable, the author outlines Biblical principles of followership, as well as leadership, because everybody needs to learn how to lead and follow well.




James C. Galvin

James Jim Galvin[dropcap]J[/dropcap]im is an organizational consultant specializing in strategy, effectiveness, and change. He is relentlessly focused on releasing the potential of leaders and organizations. His client list spans a wide variety of organizations including foundations, associations, universities, agencies, ministries, congregations, denominations, and businesses.

Jim holds the Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Supervision from Northern Illinois University, where the faculty nominated his doctoral research for the prestigious Dissertation of the Year Award. He holds the Masters degree in Christian Formation and Ministry from Wheaton College where he also completed his undergraduate work in Christian Education.

As an author, Jim has written many best-selling books and instructional resources. He has won the C.S. Lewis Medal Award for Children’s Literature three times and has been honored by the ECPA as a Gold Medallion Award finalist fifteen times. His products have been translated into more than thirty-seven languages around the world. He is most well known as the co-creator and co-senior editor of the best-selling Life Application Study Bible.

Jim lives in Elgin, Illinois with his wife Kathleen. They have two adult children. Their son works as an audio engineer and their daughter as a graphic designer. Jim serves as the Chair of the Board for the Caspari Center in Jerusalem which takes him to Israel frequently.

Author Website: http://galvinandassociates.com


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Praise for I’ve Got Your Back

“When is the last time you’ve read a book on follower abuse? I’ll bet never. I’ve Got Your Back is brilliant: a page-turner story with a one-of-a-kind section on the theology of leadership and followership.”
John Pearson, Board Governance & Management Consultant, John Pearson Associates, Inc.

“As Jim demonstrates, good leadership is intrinsically connected to good followership.”
John Ortberg, Author and Senior Pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

“Jim Galvin has written a treasure here…it drips with wisdom.”
Dr. Dave Rahn, Senior VP and Chief Ministry Officer, Youth for Christ/USA, and Director, Huntington University’s M.A. in Youth Ministry Leadership

“This book offers very creative, captivating insight into the perpetually intriguing subject of leadership…this book will stimulate the thinking of every reader.”
Paul D. Robbins, President/Publisher (retired), Christianity Today International

“His clear description of biblical followership and leadership has given me fresh insights. I can’t wait to put this book into the hands of young leaders!
Mac Lake, Chief Launch Officer, LAUNCH

“This is a well-conceived, practical, and much-needed book. It is not just for designated leaders but for all who truly want to be better disciples.”
John H. Armstrong, President, ACT 3 and Author of Your Church Is Too Small

“A veritable manual of practical and biblically solid insights on how to offer our best to build the Kingdom.”
Fr. Robert A. Sirico, President, The Acton Institute

“Creative. Foundational. Biblical leadership starts with being a good follower. Every leader needs to understand what Galvin has unpacked for us.”
Robert C. Andringa, Ph.D., President Emeritus, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

“This book clearly explains, from a crisply written Biblical perspective, the forgotten issue of how you and I are to follow.”
ML. Hillard, Sr.Executive V.P., Peter F. Drucker Academy, Beijing

“This book is welcome addition to my toolbox and one that I will use often.”
Andrea Buczynski, Vice President, Global Leadership Development, Campus Crusade for Christ

“I highly recommend I’ve Got Your Back as a very practical, relevant, and exciting approach to leadership.”
Ron Nikkel, President/CEO, Prison Fellowship International

“Jim provides a very helpful vocabulary for understanding the call to leadership and followership.”
James C. Wilhoit, Ph.D., Scripture Press Professor of Christian Education, Wheaton College

“Any leader worth his or her salt will benefit from this concise consideration of the kind of leadership God honors.”
Bob Shank, Founder/CEO, The Master’s Program

“Jim Galvin speaks sensitively to the experience of ‘follower abuse’ that has discouraged our ‘best and brightest’ from seeking leadership. Every young adult needs to read this book, accept its challenge, and become the followers and leaders we so desperately need.”
Peter O’Donnell, President, Healthy Futures Group