Leadership based on faith in God makes for good works, fulfilled workers, and healthy organizations. In this important guide, respected leaders from diverse organizations show how faithfulness and leadership can not only comfortably coincide but successfully combine. They offer real-world examples of how authentic faithfulness supports an organization's mission, informs core leadership values, provides wisdom for thriving in a chaotic environment, teaches us to share power, and moves us to mentor the next generation of faithful leaders. Sponsored by the De Pree Leadership Center at Fuller Theological Seminary, Faith in Leadership skillfully merges the hands-on experiences of leaders from broadly varied fields with current research on workplace dynamics. Leaders looking for wisdom on how to live out their faith at work will find Faith in Leadership a pragmatic and inspiring guide.
This volume is the first major study of the papacy as a managerial structure that has evolved over two thousand years. Special emphasis is placed on the environments in which the Church functioned and in which it had to reach uneasy compromises. The volume is both scholarly and very readable.
Why are there so many books written about effective leadership today? Due to negative attitudes and thought patters, our current society is producing poor leaders who are leading the society to self-destruction. The messages being communicating to leaders are creating people who are attracting greed, selffishness and the opposite behaviors needed to be effective. Leaders in all areas of society like parents, coaches, teachers, administrators, and managers, all must re-examine their dominating thoughts about leadership if they want to achieve their goals. Because of the law of attraction, the leader's dominating thoughts will determine his/her level of success. The most dominating thought that a leader must possess is faith. Faith in God, in your abilities and other people abilities is the key to success. Leadership behaviors, whether it is motivating others, setting goals, hiring or firing empolyees, is continguent upon a leader's level of faith. Along with discussing why society is currently failing to reinforce faith, this book provides practical solutions that leaders can use to improve their effectivness. A model of leadership is presented in which the leader's dominating thoughts influence the behaviors that produce the result that the leader was thinking about, positive or negative. The key for the leader is to examine those thoughts to make sure they are positive faith thoughts about your creator, your abilities, and other people
A major challenge for religious communities today lies in harnessing the commitment and energy of religious people to address larger societal issues. Key to such efforts are people who are willing to live and learn ''at the boundaries'' where secular meets religious, public meets private, and subcultures meet each other. ''A way of life on the boundaries, lived in community and faith, finds a broad menu of possibilities,'' says Gunderson. Writing for clergy and lay people and other community groups, Gunderson employs his expertise from years of leading and coordinating work at the Carter Center and elsewhere to improve the quality of life in local communities. He discusses the five important traits leaders must cultivate, centered on knowledge, commitment, integrity, relationship, and the future.
Is conflict a dirty word? Does it bring to mind images of disagreement, fights, and shattered relationships? For ministry leaders, the likelihood of conflict comes with the job, but the result does not have to be destructive. Conflict Management for Faith Leaders is about handling conflict in a way that is positive and constructive. With this book readers will discover multiple techniques for assessing and managing conflict and learn guidelines for choosing which technique to use in a given situation. A practical resource for pastors and ministry leaders, Conflict Management for Faith Leaders acknowledges that leadership brings with it the risk of opposition. Packed with useful insights and stories based on the experiences of other faith leaders, this book is the ideal tool when the risk of opposition becomes reality.
The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, reignited a long-smoldering movement for justice, with many St. Louis-area clergy stepping up to support the emerging young leaders of today's Civil Rights Movement. Seminary professor Leah Gunning Francis was among the activists, and her interviews with more than two dozen faith leaders and with the new movement's organizers take us behind the scenes of the continuing protests. Ferguson and Faith demonstrates that being called to lead a faithful life can take us to places we never expected to go, with people who never expected us to join hands with them. Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community is the first book from the partnership of the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) and Chalice Press.
What do picking up a prostitute, searching for Batman, throwing away $3,200, and watching a man punch through bulletproof glass have to do with the worship of a Holy God? Not much . . . and yet, all of these experiences help illustrate various truths about worship. Journey of a Worshiper explores matters of faith and leadership within the church, especially related to leading worship. Kenneth explores issues of theology while remaining grounded in practical, everyday concerns. Packed with stories and Biblical truth: Explore what God-honoring, biblical worship looks like, Explore how worship can be crippled or even wasted by the choices we make, Explore how biblical worship extends beyond Sunday mornings. Worship is not about what you get, but about what you give. It's not about what you can pull out of it, but what you can put into it. Worship is not about you, but all about God. Whether you're the lead pastor, worship pastor, part of the worship team, an active participant in worship, or you just want to know more about Christian worship, Journey of a Worshiper will be a light on your own journey of worship.
This 2-volume set within The SAGE Reference Series on Leadership tackles issues relevant to leadership in the realm of religion. It explores such themes as the contexts in which religious leaders move, leadership in communities of faith, leadership as taught in theological education and training, religious leadership impacting social change and social justice, and more. Topics are examined from multiple perspectives, traditions, and faiths. Features & Benefits: By focusing on key topics with 100 brief chapters, we provide students with more depth than typically found in encyclopedia entries but with less jargon or density than the typical journal article or research handbook chapter. Signed chapters are written in language and style that is broadly accessible. Each chapter is followed by a brief bibliography and further readings to guide students to sources for more in-depth exploration in their research journeys. A detailed index, cross-references between chapters, and an online version enhance accessibility for today’s student audience.
As a well-respected executive at some of Hawai'i's top companies, Robbie Alm has had plenty of opportunity to observe and document the best practices of great leaders. From the story of the "Live Aloha" program -- which he helped launch -- to instructive anecdotes of humility and integrity in business, he now shares what he has learned in "The Faith of Leadership: Insights from Hawai'i's Leaders." Currently president of the Collaborative Leaders Network, a problem-solving initiative of The Omidyar Group, Alm offers a thoughtful -- and useful -- study of just what makes an effective leader.
Faith, Life and Leadership-Vol 2 : 8 Canadian Women Tell Their Stories is the follow-up volume to the very successful first book by the same title. This second group of eight successful, experienced, godly Canadian women, have been similarly assembled, and again each is a distinguished leader in her field. All have been willing to share the unique story that relates to the lessons they learned during their leadership journey. Their personal stories are told with utmost authenticity and integrity. Readers will be inspired, encouraged and edified to achieve great things for the Kingdom. The unique perspective of each models important and essential characteristics and practices that will help emerging leaders to prepare for the roadblocks and adversities that will undoubtedly present themselves on their own journey to becoming strong, Spirit-filled, leaders. These stories will cover important themes such as: • Understanding the Call of God • Developing and Building Character • Leadership Tests, Seasons and Processes • Mentoring • Strengthening Spiritual Disciplines • Maturing Through Offences • Living and Leaving a Legacy
This book is an attempt to synthesize the logic of mathematics, organizational behavioral/ management policy of an MBA and ecclesial scholarship of a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership into the pages of one book. This book begins with the premise that, similar to corporate leaders, faith-based leaders are also capable of implementing these skills and resources to maximize the efficiency of church organizations. It is critical that they have a full toolkit of resources to leverage when administering their organizations. It also acknowledges and recognizes that a life fully engaged in active ministry doesn’t necessarily allow time to pursue degrees in each of the aforementioned subjects. As a result, Dr. Bell has attempted to create a medium through which ecclesial practitioners and scholars may review these various topics to obtain insight. Similar to survey courses in college, readers should see it as a beginning point for further exploration. Take from it what you will and apply it to your God-given vision. Use it as a springboard to the progressively revealed Will of God for the effective administration of your call.
What defines your leadership style? Are you reaching your potential as a leader? How would your leadership style change if you had God in the center of your life? If you let Him guide you towards being a more effective leader, how much of a difference would it make? The qualities of a strong leader are given to us in the Bible. God has shown us the path to fulfilling our potential. Do we ignore Him and fall prey to the ways of the world or do we follow His teachings and positively influence all of the people that we associate with? The choice is yours. This book is written from the perspective of a manager who was trying to fit into corporate America. Tom took on the same traits as the people that he reported to. He felt that the way to succeed was to learn from those that had succeeded before him. It took 20 years and almost two marriages for him to learn where to put his priorities. Once he refocused his life to God, it has shown through in his style of leadership. Today, he stays true to his faith in God and does not worry about what others think is the only way to lead a team. He knows the one true way.
Faith, Life and Leadership: 8 Canadian Women Tell Their Stories is a collection of stories by 8 of Canada’s most prominent Christian women leaders who share the principles that helped each of them to achieve great things for God in our country as told through their own life stories. The General Editor is Vancouver lawyer and arbitrator, Georgialee Lang, also a contributing author, together with Deb Grey, from Qualicum Beach, former Member of Parliament and Order of Canada recipient; Lorna Dueck, CEO of Crossroads Communication, host of Context TV, and columnist for the Globe and Mail; Carolyn Arends, award-winning singer, songwriter, and author; Joy Smith, former Member of Parliament and founder of the Joy Smith Foundation, whose mission is to stamp out the trafficking of women and girls; Margaret Gibb, ordained minister, former CEO of Women Alive, and presently CEO of Women Together, a ministry that encourages and supports women across Canada and around the world; Janet-Epp Buckingham, law professor, and religious rights leader who championed Trinity Western University’s journey to bring a Christian Law School to Canada; and Christine MacMillan, formerly a leader in the Salvation Army, and presently Senior Advisor for Social Justice, World Evangelical Association. This collection is packed with important principles and key life lessons told in a personal, authentic, challenging and inspiring way. Each contributor is a distinguished leader in her field, who has been willing to share the unique and mostly untold stories and lessons of their personal journeys, communicated with utmost authenticity and integrity. These stories will inspire a generation of Christian women who believe they have barely scratched the surface of their potential and who are looking to help other women become better leaders who want to contribute to the healing and restoration of our country and make a difference in our world.
The first comprehensive resource for teaching spiritual leadership development in the twenty-first century--for all faith traditions. America is changing. Technology, social networking, global economics, immigration, migration and multiculturalism urge communities of faith to expand their vision of spiritual leadership and reflect on how leaders can better serve congregations and communities in the twenty-first century. In this multifaith, cross-cultural and comprehensive resource for both clergy and lay persons, contributors who are experts in the field explore how to engage spiritual leaders and teach them how to bring healing, faith, justice and support to communities and congregations. They offer tools, advice, practical methodologies and case studies on how stakeholders--congregational leaders, ordained religious leaders, educators, students and community leaders--learn how to do theology in context and grow into faith leadership roles. Contributors: Shaykh Ibrahim Abdul-Malik, PhD, EdD * Rev. Carlos Alejandro, MS, MDiv, BCC * Rev. Msgr. Richard Arnhols, MDiv * Rev. David Billings, MDiv, DMin * Lisa V. Blitz, PhD, LCSW-R * Miyon Chung, MACSW, MATh, PhD * Rev. Warren L. Dennis, MDiv, DMin * Antoinette Ellis-Williams, MPA, PhD * Jeffrey R. Gardere, PhD * Rev. Bill Gaventa, MDiv * Michael Gecan, BA * Rabbi Diana S. Gerson, MAHL * Rev. Brita L. Gill-Austern, MDiv, PhD * Lisa Sharon Harper, MA, MFA * Phyllis Harrison-Ross, MD * Imam Muhammad Hatim, PhD, DMin * Rev. Renee S. House, MDiv, PhD * Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, MDiv * Rev. Sally N. MacNichol, MDiv, PhD * Rev. Gregg A. Mast, MDiv, PhD * Anne Masters, MA * Rabbi Craig Miller, BA, MAFM * Rev. Anthony Miranda * Rev. Rose Niles, MDiv, DMin * Tanya Pagán Raggio-Ashley, MD, MPH, FAAP * Rev. Kevin Park, MDiv, PhD * Mary Pender Greene, LCSW-R, CGP * Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, BA, MS, JD * Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts, MBA, MHL, BCJC * Rev. Lee B. Spitzer, MDiv, DMin * Rev. Julie Taylor, MDiv, CTR, EMT-B * Ronald Thomas, MHCS, SWP * Rev. Earl D. Trent Jr., MDiv, DMin * Terrie M. Williams, LCSW
Religious Leaders and Faith-Based Politics offers a powerful and timely analysis of the dynamic relationship between religious leaders of all faiths and political activism in the United States. From the colonial era to the present, religious leaders have raised Americans' moral and political awareness of countless issues, including revolution, slavery, temperance, civil rights, and, most recently, the culture wars. This book is the first to explore the renewed and intense commitment of evangelicals, Catholics, Muslims, and Jews to preach, teach, and participate in politics today.