Learning to Lead: Lessons in Leadership for People of Faith


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, ...

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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.


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

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Editorial Reviews

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"Invaluable.... The breadth of topics and depth of presentation assures that [this] will be a significant resource for seminary education and practical ministry for years to come."
Dwight H. Judy, PhD, professor emeritus of spiritual formation, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; author, A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life

“Timely, informative and inspirational ... much needed in a world yearning for the creation and nurture of the fundamentally new that is also fundamentally better.”
Lester Edwin J. Ruiz, MDiv, PhD, director, Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation, Association of Theological Schools

“Bold.... Offers most helpful guidelines for seasoned caregivers as well as a new generation of potential leaders who recognize the extraordinary gift of spirituality.”
Cain Hope Felder, professor and editor, The Journal of Religious Thought, Howard University School of Divinity

“The book we have been waiting for to move the church forward in an uncertain age. An outstanding resource for congregational leaders. Every member in every pew needs this book.”
Ralph B. Watkins, PhD, DMin, associate professor of evangelism and church growth, Columbia Theological Seminary

“A practical and necessary resource in theological education.... It models in content and format the richness, multidimensionality and flexibility characteristic of contemporary spiritual leadership.”
Dr. Carmen Nanko-Fernández, associate professor of pastoral ministry and director, Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry, Catholic Theological Union

“When the nation, corporations and religious communities cry for creative and effective leadership with integrity, this timely book answers the challenge.”
Hak Joon Lee, professor of theology and ethics, Fuller Theological Seminary

“An incredible cadre of leaders … provides insights and tools to help empower the next generation to shape our communities and shepherd our journeys.”
Rev. David Emmanuel Goatley, PhD, executive director, Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society

“A treasure chest.... I felt blessed being in the company of leaders, being mentored all at once, at the flip of every page.”
Rev. Prof. Neal D. Presa, PhD, moderator, 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA); pastor, Presbyterian Church, Middlesex, NJ; affiliate assistant professor for preaching and worship, New Brunswick Theological Seminary

“Persuasive [and] compelling.... Provides a contemporary leadership model that integrates emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of humanity, thereby offering future leaders the tools needed to pursue personal growth and realize self-fulfillment.”
Yvonne Simons, executive director, the Anne Frank Center, USA

“Helps spiritual leaders ... develop their leadership gifts in the crucible of caring, crisis, community and congregational environments. Your investment in walking through this book will bring gracious and generous returns as you identify and implement the lessons offered by gifted, wise and tested leaders.”
Rev. Dr. Thomas R. De Vries, MDiv, DMin, general secretary, Reformed Church in America

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594734328
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rev. Willard W. C. Ashley Sr., MDiv, DMin, DH, a frequent speaker on the topics of leadership development, clergy resiliency and interfaith dialogue, is acting dean and associate professor of practical theology at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He was the interim pastor at Union Baptist Church in Montclair, New Jersey, and is the founding pastor of Abundant Joy Community Church in Jersey City, New Jersey. He also serves as a consultant on disaster recovery and clergy self-care to congregations and Fortune 100 companies. He is author of Learning to Lead: Lessons in Leadership for People of Faith and coeditor of Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Responses to Community, Regional and National Tragedy (SkyLight Paths).

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Table of Contents

Introduction Willard W. C. Ashley xiii

Part I What are the Foundations of Spiritual Leadership?

1 Singing the Creator's Song in a Strange Land Lisa Sharon Harper 3

2 The Psychology of Learning to Lead Jeffrey R. Gardere 13

3 The Universal Tools of Effective Leadership Michael Gecan 31

4 Healthy Cleargy, Healthy Congregations, and Healthy Communities Tanya Pagán Raggio-Ashley 41

5 Friendships Lee B. Spitzer 59

Part II How Do You Evaluate Spiritual Leadership?

6 Bi-vocational Clergy (and Congregations) Renee S. House 73

7 The New Business Model for the Non-Profit Organization Ronald Thomas 85

8 Teaching Worship Gregg A. Mast 95

9 Teaching Ministry in an Urban World: Evaluating Your Curriculum Warren L. Dennis 105

10 Congregations and Communities in Transition Earl D. Trent 117

Part III How Do You Care for Others?

11 Pastoral Care as a Foundation for Leadership Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts 129

12 Leadership at the Borders of Difference Brita L. Gill-Austern 139

13 Healing Those Who Hurt Mary Pender Greene Terrie M. Williams 149

14 Safety in Sacred Spaces Rabbi Diana S. Gerson 165

15 "Each Person Is Sacred": Leading toward Full Inclusion in Faith Communities Lisa V. Blitz Mary Pender Greene 179

16 People with Disabilities and Their Families: "Apart from" to "A Part of" Bill Gaventa 193

17 Working with Undocumented Immigrants Seth Kaper-Dale 207

18 Why Are People Poor? David Billings 221

19 Contextual Leadership: An Urban Case Study Anthony Miranda 229

Part IV How do you Collaborate with Specific Spiritual Leaders?

20 Kin'dom Come: Houses of Worship and Gender Justice in the Twenty-First Century Sally N. MacNichol 239

21 Working with the Black Diaspora Antoinette Ellis-Williams 249

22 Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latino/a Spirituality: Hiding Religious Beliefs Out in the Open Carlos Alejandro 261

23 Working with Asians Miyon Chung 273

24 Working with Jewish Communities: Myths to Be Unlearned Rabbi Joseph Potasnik Rabbi Craig Miller 287

25 Working with Muslims Imam Muhammad Hatim Shaykh Ibrahim Abdul-Malik 297

26 Working with Catholics Monsignor Richard Arnhols Anne Masters 311

27 Working with Protestants Rose Niles Kevin Park 323

28 Leading a Multifaith Disaster Response Group Julie Taylor 333

Final Words Phyllis Harrison-Ross 345

Index 348

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