Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church by Chris Lowney
Drawing on decades of leadership experience, bestselling author Chris Lowney examines the profound challenges facing the global Catholic Church, shares real-life stories of Catholics making a difference, and offers practical suggestions for change.
The Catholic Church is suffering its worst decline in five centuriesa precipitous slide that will turn catastrophic unless reversed by fundamental changes in strategy, culture, and leadership style. Even the inspiring leadership of Pope Francis will not reverse the slide without a strategy for action, from the grassroots through the hierarchy. Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit seminarian and business executive who now chairs one of the world’s largest Catholic ministries, not only outlines the challenges but also maps the path forward in Everyone Leads.
After a bracing review of the church’s global strugglesfrom clergy shortages to declining participationLowney draws on two decades of change-management experience to propose an "EASTeR" strategy of five transformational principles: be entrepreneurial, be accountable, serve, transform, and reach out. These five ideas can catalyze profound change in every parish, in how bishops think, and in the roles laypeople play in leading the church. Filled with real-life examples, Everyone Leads outlines strategies that anyone can employfrom the pews to the pulpitto strengthen the church.
As a former business executive who lectures globally about leadership, Lowney speaks credibly about the institution’s challenges and potential. And, as chair of one of Catholicism’s largest hospital systems, he writes “from within” as a Catholic who loves his church and is committed to seeing it flourish.
Chris Lowney is chair of one of America’s largest hospital systems, Catholic Health Initiatives. A one-time Jesuit seminarian and a former managing director of JP Morgan, he is the author of several books including Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads and the bestselling Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year Old Company That Changed the World.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Our Mighty Purpose: Creating the Twenty-First-Century Church Chapter 2. Our Worst Crisis in Five Centuries? Chapter 3. Everyone Leads: Imagining the Church’s New Culture of Leadership Chapter 4. Follow the Leaders: Rediscovering Jesus and the Early Christians Chapter 5. The EASTeR Project: A Strategy That Can Revitalize our Church Chapter 6. The Catholic Elephant Can Dance: An Entrepreneurial Church Chapter 7. How Do You Know You’re Successful? An Accountable Church Chapter 8. Wet Socks: A Church That Serves All in Need Chapter 9. The Glow: A Church That Transforms Hearts and Souls Chapter 10. Dusty Shoes: A Church That Reaches Out to Engage the World Chapter 11. Jolted from Tiredness: The Holy Spirit Has Placed Us on the Playing Field
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