Intuitive Leadership: Embracing a Paradigm of Narrative, Metaphor, and Chaos

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To make an impact today, churches need to discover new ways of leading that embrace intuition, creativity, narrative, and the chaos and tension of our time. Tim Keel offers a theologically grounded, thoughtful, and practical exploration of how intuitive leadership can help the local church embrace contemporary opportunities and challenges. This important contribution to the emergent church discussion will help you find the freedom to explore the possibilities and empower your church for our postmodern world. ...
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To make an impact today, churches need to discover new ways of leading that embrace intuition, creativity, narrative, and the chaos and tension of our time. Tim Keel offers a theologically grounded, thoughtful, and practical exploration of how intuitive leadership can help the local church embrace contemporary opportunities and challenges. This important contribution to the emergent church discussion will help you find the freedom to explore the possibilities and empower your church for our postmodern world. "Read Tim Keel's book. Let it invite you to connect with your stories, the markers along the road that have been shaping you so far. Let it permit you to give voice to your questions."

About the Author:
Tim Keel is the founding pastor of Jacob's Well, a growing church in Kansas City, Missouri

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Alan J. Roxburgh     10
Acknowledgments     15
Introduction     18
Entering Story
In the Beginning: Rediscovering the Power of Story     29
A "Storied" Life
A "Storied" Faith
A Bible Story?
Our Missing Stories
An Unfolding Story
A Way in the Wilderness: Journeying toward a New Story     45
The Cost of New Life
Meeting Jesus in His People
Living an Organic Way of Life
Losing What I Didn't Know I Had
Finding a New Path
A Kairos Moment
Back to a Beginning
Making Sense of My Story: Interpretation and Experimentation     67
Listening to My Life
Faith as a Way of Life in Community
Losing Community, Losing Faith
The Sins of Reductionism
Three Kinds of Experimentation
Telling the First Part of Our Story
Dreaming Up a Name for Ourselves
A Cautionary Leadership Parable: Recognizing an Alternate Temptation     89
Resisting Change, Relying on Tradition
Israel in Transition
Of Arks and Totems
The Philistine Way
Success, Power, and Presumption
Moving toward Engagement
Engaging Context
Being There: Grappling with the Context of a "Post" World     103
Defining "Post"
Postmodernity
Modernity's Narrative of Progress
Counting the Cost of Modernity
Postmodern Realities
A Fragmented World
A Remixed World
A World of Suspicion, a World of Possibility
Listening, Embodiment, and Authenticity
Post-Enlightenment
The Technology of Modern Knowledge
MarshallMcLuhan, the Eastern Mind, and the End of Textual Hegemony
The Revenge of the Right Brain
The Reemergence of Celtic Christianity
A Rekindled Imagination, a Community from the Margins
Post-Christendom
Christendom's Twilight and the American Experience
Twentieth-Century American Church History in the Context of Christendom
Church Growth, the Seeker-Targeted Church Movement, and Generational Ministry
The Missional Context of a Post-Christendom World
Being Here and There: Discovering a Wholly Present, Wholly Other God     157
Functional Gnosticism
Conceptual Idolatry
A Communal Imagination Shaped by Incarnational Theology
A New Testament Church?
Language beyond Control
The Wholly Other God
The Idea of the Holy
Hunger for Transcendence
Linguistic Opportunities and Necessities
Being Here, There, and Everywhere: Waking Up to the World of the Twenty-First Century     187
Translating Theology into Structures
Systems Thinking
Social and Economic Structures through Time
The Age of Agriculture
The Age of Trade and Specialization
The Age of Industrial Capitalism
The Organizational Age
Emerging Organizational Realities of the Fifth Age
Tension, Paradox, and Chaos
Swarm Logic
Practical Creativity
Metaphors for Creativity
Embracing Possibility
A Modest Proposal: What We Need Is Sometimes Not What We Want     213
Moving Beyond Caricatures
Exegeting the Experiences of Observers
Learning from the Cistercians
Ministry as Idolatry
My Expert Answer: "I Don't Know"
Opening Up and Leaning Forward: Postures of Engagement and Possibility     225
The Language of Postures
A Posture of Learning: From Answers to Questions
A Posture of Vulnerability: From the Head to the Heart
A Posture of Availability: From Spoken Words to Living Words
A Posture of Stillness: From Preparation to Meditation
A Posture of Surrender: From Control to Chaos
A Posture of Cultivation: From Programmer to Environmentalist
A Posture of Trust: From Defensiveness to Creativity
A Posture of Joy: From Work to Play
A Posture of Dependence: From Resolution to Tension-and Back Again
Struggle and Opportunity
Reckoning with Intuition: Learning to Trust Your Gut     255
Listen to Your Life, Redux
Naming My Frustration
Intuitive Knowing
Emerging Leaders, Emerging Communities
Benediction
Notes     267
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