"I enjoyed reading Earl Creps’ Off Road Disciplines, but I was enthralled by Reverse Mentoring….Through these extremely personal and detailed stories Creps gives the reader a window into the emerging world with all of its new language, technology, music, and quirkiness." –Easum-Bandy
Reverse Mentoring: How Young Leaders Can Transform the Church and Why We Should Let Themby Earl Creps, Earl G. Creps, Leadership Network (Dallas, Tex.) Staff (Contribution by)
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Earl Creps is known for his work in connecting the younger generation of postmoderns with their Boomer predecessors. The author of Off-Road Disciplines, Creps, in this new book, takes up the topic of how older church leaders can learn from younger leaders who are more conversant with culture, technology, and social context. In addition to making the benefits of what he calls "reverse mentoring" apparent, he also makes it accessible by offering practical steps to implement this discipline at both personal and organizational levels, particularly in communication, evangelism, and leadership.
Creps' new book is a topic of interest both inside and outside the church as older leaders realize that they're not "getting it" when it comes to technologies (iPod, IM, blogging) or cultural issues such as the fact that younger people see the world in an entirely different way. Creps has been personally involved in reverse mentoring for several years and has spoken and written on the subject extensively. He has pastored three churches (one Boomer, one Builder, on X'er) and is currently a church planter in Berkeley, California. He has also served as a consultant and and a seminary professor and administrator, holding a PhD in Communication Studies and a D.Min. from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
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"This book will help satisfy a deep hunger for wisdom and guidance."
—John Ortberg, Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and Author
"The world has ended about four times. It happens every time there is an information revolution. New technologies and processes for handling information make the old world obsolete, quickly. When this happens an unusual dynamic asserts itself. Younglings mentor the elders into the way of the new world. Earl Creps calls our attention to this phenomenon in our own day. The richness of life sharing that is established in reverse mentoring is a largely unexplored, but promising green edge to the Christian movement. Let Earl show you how to get in on this development."
—Reggie McNeal, author The Present Future
"Unfortunately for Christ's church, those of us who've been around for awhile in positions of leadership find it difficult to listen to those who haven't, but represent the next generation of the church. What could they ever teach us? No question-this prevalent attitude is much to our disadvantage as we lose touch with the future of Christ's church. So how can we learn to be quiet for once and listen? And why should we founts of wisdom even consider it? Earl Creps provides us with a compelling answer in reverse mentoring. This is a must read for all generations who love Christ's church."
—Aubrey Malphurs, Lead Navigator-The Malphurs Group and Senior Professor-Dallas Seminary
"And I thought I was cool, that I had put the "hip" back in discipleship. But after experiencing Reverse Mentoring, I have discovered it was an "artificial hip." It reminded me of how much younger leaders have helped me, it motivated me to get down to Starbucks or wherever I can spend some time with them."
—Bill Hull, Author of Jesus Christ Disciple Maker, The Disciple Making Pastor, The Disciple Making Church
"Yikes. We've been nattering on about apprenticeship and formation forever, but we've often studiously ignored some of our best teachers. Brilliantly incisive, and yet Monday-morning practical, this warm, vital book might just nudge the church into a long-overdue revolution."
—Jeff Lucas, author, speaker, broadcaster
Meet the Author
Earl Creps has been a pastor, ministries consultant, and university professor. Along the way, Creps earned a Ph.D. in communication at Northwestern University and a doctor of ministry degree in leadershipat AGTS. He is the author of Off-Road Disciplines from Jossey-Bass.
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