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Leadership in the Wesleyan Spirit

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The purpose of this book is simple -- to reclaim a vision for church leadership from the great spiritual awakening known as the Wesleyan movement. Yet the way one goes about this work, contends Lovett H. Weems, Jr., is anything but simple. It involves walking a tightrope between continuity and change. The task is neither to repeat the past, nor to ignore it. Rather the need is to locate the genius behind the achievements of the past from which we can learn for our day. It is to choose selectively those themes and emphases of the Wesleyan movement that can best inform the practice of ministry today, and to seek to grow into them. In order to achieve this, Weems identifies such principles of early Wesleyanism as beginning with where people are, focusing on service, and remembering the poor. He then enumerates practices of Wesleyan leadership, such as leading from the center and the edge, living in tension, and making "connection" happen. Finally, he names the core passions of the Wesleyan spirit: knowing God, proclaiming Christ, and seeking justice.
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The purpose of this book is simple -- to reclaim a vision for church leadershipfrom the great spiritual awakening known as the Wesleyan movement. Yet the way onegoes about this work, contends Lovett H. Weems, Jr., is anything but simple. Itinvolves walking a tightrope between continuity and change. The task is neither torepeat the past, nor to ignore it. Rather the need is to locate the genius behindthe achievements of the past from which we can learn for our day. It is to chooseselectively those themes and emphases of the Wesleyan movement that can best informthe practice of ministry today, and to seek to grow into them. In order to achievethis, Weems identifies such principles of early Wesleyanism as beginning with wherepeople are, focusing on service, and remembering the poor. He then enumeratespractices of Wesleyan leadership, such as leading from the center and the edge, living in tension, and making "connection" happen. Finally, he names the corepassions of the Wesleyan spirit: knowing God, proclaiming Christ, and seekingjustice.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 147977
  • Product Code 0687046920
  • EAN 9780687046928
  • Pages 176
  • Department Academic
  • Category Leadership
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Abingdon Press
  • Publication Date Apr 1999
  • Dimensions 215 x 140 x 12mm
  • Weight 0.212kg

Lovett H Weems (Jr)

LOVETT H. WEEMS, JR. is Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership and Director of the G. Douglass Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture and Integrity and Leadership in the Wesleyan Spirit. This book is the first in the "Discoveries" Series, which represents a publishing partnership between Abingdon Press and the G. Douglass Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

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