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2020s Foresight: Three Vital Practices for Thriving in a Decade of Accelerating Change

2020s Foresight: Three Vital Practices for Thriving in a Decade of Accelerating Change


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In 2020s Foresight, authors Tom Sine and Dwight Friesen seek to "wake up" Christian leaders and those whom they serve to the realities that leaders in other fields must deal with all the time. We are no longer simply living in changing times. We live in the reality that we are racing into a new world of accelerating change. The authors want to enable leaders in churches and Christian organizations to learn how to lead in this time of acceleration. They focus on three vital practices: foresight (analyzing the accelerating changes and anticipating new opportunities and strategies for addressing change); reflection (discerning biblical purposes for times like these); and creating innovative ways to engage new challenges so as to advance God's purposes in our lives, congregations, and organizations in the 2020s.

The book is intended to equip Christian leaders to anticipate some of the new challenges in the 2020s; discover God's shalom purposes for our lives, the church, and God's world; and create innovative new possibilities for our lives, communities, and congregations that both engage new opportunities and advance God's purposes.

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ISBN-13: 9781506464862
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Tom Sine is author of ten other books, including The Mustard Seed Conspiracy (1981) and The New Conspirators (2009). He has written articles for Sojourners Magazine, Christianity Today, The Other Side, Relevant, and Evangelicals for Social Action. He has also served as a futures innovation consultant with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Tear Fund UK, and InterVarsity, as well as with numerous mainline denominations.

Dwight J. Friesen is a practical theologian and professor at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, where he trains future church leaders and offers transformational, immersive "New Parish" continuing education experiences for professionals. He also serves with Parish Collective, an international Christian organization that helps leaders and their groups recover the parish (neighborhood) as the natural platform by which the local church participates in whole-life discipleship in the Jesus Way. He is the author of four other books.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

1 Three Vital Dance Steps: Welcome to the Dance of Anticipation, Reflection, and Innovation in a Decade of Accelerating Change

2 Anticipating New Opportunities in the Turbulent 2020s 31

3 Reflecting: Where Will We Find Hope in the 2020s? 69

4 Innovating for Life 93

5 Innovating for Community-Making 133

6 Innovating in Place 165

7 Innovating as Church 197

8 Invitation 237

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