"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried." (G. K. Chesterton)
Those words by Chesterton, about Christianity in general, apply specifically to the realm of Christian leadership. If Christianity is unique (and we believe it is) it is because Jesus is unique. Jesus is different. The way of Jesus is different. The leadership way of Christ is different from the typical "ways" of leadership you find in the world. Jesus represents the high water mark of a "counter-cultural leadership" that is progressively revealed throughout the Scriptures. This volume guides you in a deep engagement with the radical and refreshing way of leadership God has for those who follow Him.
Radical, Refreshing and Renewing weaves together Bible study, theological reflection, spiritual formation and leadership investigation. It offers a developmental approach for you to wrestle with God on some of the greatest themes that matter most (Parker Palmer) for faithful and fruitful leadership.
This volume uses a Creation-Fall-Redemption approach to the biblical narrative on leadership. God's original plan, the effects of sin and the reality of "bad leadership," and the redemptive renovating work of Christ are carefully considered. After walking through central Old Testament passages, this volume builds up to the example of Christ. You will reflect on ten passages from the ministry of Jesus, to learn from him, to become like him and then to work with him in his way of servant leadership. This volume finishes with five reflections, using powerful metaphors provided by the Bible to define leadership "God's way."
Radical, Refreshing and Renewing will be available in the fall of 2013.