Changing leaders in a changing culture Our culture is constantly changing, as fast as - or faster than - we can adapt to it. In this context Christian leaders have not only to acquire new insights and skills,...
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Changing leaders in a changing culture
Our culture is constantly changing, as fast as - or faster than - we can adapt to it. In this context Christian leaders have not only to acquire new insights and skills, but also to unlearn what they previously knew. Even our definition of leadership is under review.
In this sequel to the acclaimed ChurchNext, Eddie Gibbs examines how Christian leadership might change in the light of new cultural conditions. He considers recent developments in leadership styles, from hierarchies to networks and compartments to connections, and assesses the dynamics of leadership teams. Having specified the healthy characteristics of Christian leaders, he then explains how they can be identified and nurtured.
This incisive analysis, from an expert in church growth, will serve as a comprehensive resource for current and potential Christian leaders, and those who teach and mentor them.
'This important and well-informed book points to the patterns of leadership that are essential for the future. I particularly value the emphasis on mission-focused churches, on values-based communities of disciples and on new patterns of training. An excellent read' - Bishop Graham Cray, Chairman of the Mission-Shaped Church working party.
'Be prepared for your "comfort zone", whether you are an experienced or emerging leader, to be illuminated, challenged and disturbed. But ignore this book at your peril!' - Steve Brady, Principal, Moorlands College.
Eddie Gibbs is Donald A. McGavran Professor of Church Growth at the School of World Mission, Fuller Theological Seminary. He has served as an Anglican minister in England, Latin America and the United States, and is the author of several books, including (with Ian Coffey), ChurchNext (IVP)
Eddie Gibbs (D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is director of the Institute for the Study of Emerging Churches at the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts and a senior professor in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is the author of numerous books, including Emerging Churches and the critically acclaimed ChurchNext (winner of a Christianity Today book award) and most recently ChurchMorph: How Megatrends Are Reshaping Christian Communities.