Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition, Revised Edition

Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition, Revised Edition

by Carder Kenneth, Laceye C. Warner


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Wesleyan Leadership Is About Character. Designed specifically for Christian leaders and teachers, Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition, Revised Edition delves into Wesleyan scholarship to guide readers into effective contemporary leadership, from a solidly Wesleyan perspective. Calling upon insights from the 1700s Wesleyan revival in England, authors Carder and Warner motivate, form, and guide church leaders. The revised edition expands the content of the first edition and includes more illustrations and models of leadership formed and empowered by grace. Greater attention is given to leadership practiced by congregations and institutions as well as by individuals.

Christian leadership is theological from beginning to end. Carder and Warner explore the rich Wesleyan theological grounding for such leadership with its abundant emphasis on grace. They remind readers that for Wesley, all methods emerge from the theological imperatives and missional direction of God revealed in Christ. Lovett H. Weems Jr., Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC

To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world is the mission of The United Methodist Church, and the Wesleyan tradition provides a wealth of resources for this missional work. It provides a proven and effective “method” for forming and equipping Christians to join Jesus Christ and his mission of witnessing to the coming reign of God. In Grace to Lead the authors provide a guide to the practice of missional leadership in the Wesleyan tradition. Pastors and congregational leaders will be enriched and inspired by the wisdom and insight contained in this book. Steven W. Manskar, Director of Wesleyan Leadership, Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church

The one thing that separates church from secular leadership is our faith in God through Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit. Bishop Ken Carder and Dr. Laceye Warner continue to remind us of this fact in Grace to Lead. Church leadership is spiritual leadership, and Ken and Laceye provide the groundwork with a Wesleyan distinctiveness for us to reflect upon and enact. This is a “must read” for all of us who continue to study and work on our leadership skills. Grant Hagiya, Resident Bishop of the Los Angeles Area, The United Methodist Church

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780938162537
Publisher: United Methodist General Board of Higher
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,104,348
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to Revised Edition
Introduction: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities Require Principled Christian Leaders
Grace as Source, Motivation, and Telos of Christian Leadership
Yearning for Leadership
Leadership and the Christian Community
Defining Leadership
Structure of the Book
Chapter 1: Christian Leadership Grounded in Doctrine and Mission
The Role of Doctrine, Theology, and Mission in Christian Leadership
Foundational Doctrine and Mission: Holistic Salvation
Personal Dimensions of Salvation by Grace
Social and Communal Dimensions of Salvation by Grace
Cosmic Dimensions of Salvation by Grace
Leader as Theologian
Marks of Christian Leadership Formed by Doctrine, Theology, and Mission
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
Chapter 2: Leadership Formed by Grace
John Wesley: Formed and Transformed for Leadership
Doctrinal Foundations
Vocational Discernment
Hopeful Vision
Growth in Understanding and Experience of Grace
Marks of Leadership Formed by Grace
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
Chapter 3: Christian Leadership Sustained by Practices
Christian Leadership as Gift, Not Achievement-The Power of Grace
A Lesson in Leadership: Wesley's "Causes of the Inefficacies of Christianity"
A Case Study from Our History
The Foundery Society
Community as the Context for Sound Doctrine and Christian Practice
Discipleship and Leadership Formed and Sustained by Christian Practices
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
Chapter 4: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities
Competing Worldviews
Disestablishment of the Church
Pluralism, Diversity, and Polarization
Individualism and Loss of Community
The Myth of Redemptive Violence
Qualities and Skills Needed to Address Challenges and Opportunities
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
Conclusion: Leadership as Call and Gift
Leadership as Discipleship
Nurturing Grace-Formed Leaders
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

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