A Servant's Manual: Christian Leadership for Tomorrow
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This item is part of Prisms: New Insights for Christian Leaders series
Release Date: Monday, June 10, 2002
Format: Paperback, 144 pages 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Publisher: Fortress Press
Age Level: Leader
Table of Contents
Christians and their institutions are stuck, says Michael Foss, stuck
in the thinking and dilemmas of the past. This short volume is a plea
for Christians to rethink their point and purpose in light of larger
cultural changes and a crisis in leadership. Foss detects a crisis in
leadership in declining rates of church participation, stagnant
levels of students preparing for ministry, and burnout among clergy.
To energize a new generation of leaders able to transcend yesterday's
thinking, Foss encourages a new style of ecclesial thinking. He first
traces the larger cultural shifts that affect the church's position
in the world and styles of leadership. He then diagnoses church
thinking as largely reproductive of past successes and ineffective in
this new context. Advancing to productive thinking empowers
Christians to leave behind the most important and frustrating
dichotomies or polarities in today's church: evangelism vs. social
justice, control vs. freedom, growth vs. discipleship.
Foss's model of moving from issues into conversation and then into
compassion is a blueprint for new leadership "equipped to think
productively for the sake of the reign of our God in the world."
A Servant's Manual is aimed in part at bringing the key ideas
and energy of Foss's earlier book, Power Surge, to a wider audience
of concerned Christians, potential leaders for the next generation.
"If you want greater effectiveness and vision in your ministry, whether your role is lay or clergy, you will find it here. Foss is straightforward, plain-talking, direct, honestand a good companion to anyone who seeks to be a servant."
Loren B. Mead
Founding President, the Alban Institute
"In the Himalayan heap of writings about church leadership, A Servant's Manual stands out as a guide that cant actually usher us to the summits."
Drew Theological School and George Fox University
- What's the Point?
- De-institutionalize the Institution
- Moving from Point A to Point B
- God's Future, Our Mission
- Leaders as Followers
- Resourcing Your Ministry
- Managing the Change
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