Leadership Courage: Leadership in a Culture of Cowardice

Leadership Courage: Leadership in a Culture of Cowardice

by Kirk Kirlin


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Pastors, Christian leaders, and church planters’ dreams can so easily be crushed by the suffocating distress of those they thought they were called to lead. Leadership Courage is a focused, fresh, and do-able application of the brilliance of Edwin Friedman to local church leadership in a context of anxiety.

In a time when timidity and disquiet seem epidemic in both American and American Church culture, nine principle of courageous leadership point the way for those who influence others. Illustrated through the lives of Jesus and the Apostle Paul, Friedman’s timeless insights illuminate a way of being for key influencers, particularly in the Church.

Leadership Courage is not theory; this is a book about the real issues of leadership: character, inner fortitude, courage, and identity. For those walking through the fires of life and leadership, this book will be a forge that helps shape your soul.

Over more than twenty years as a leadership and character coach to pastors, planters, business and denominational executives, Kirlin has honed, tested, and proved these principles, postures, and practices. Readers will benefit from personal reflection and small group discussion questions that support the immediate application of each chapter’s distinctions. This is a must read for every pastor and leader who isn’t satisfied being on the banks of the promised land but is ready to lead yourself, your family, and your church courageously into all God has promised you.

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ISBN-13: 9781628657562
Publisher: Authors Place LLC
Publication date: 09/15/2020
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

In 1987, God called me to walk with pastors and Christian influencers as a catalytic change agent. So, I equip, coach, and mentor pastors to be effective, influential leaders by focusing on their character. Also, I work with congregations and their leaders to regularly, generously, and unconditionally demonstrate the Gospel to those outside the Church. The result is authentic, vulnerable, God-needy leaders who influence their congregations to live like missionaries wherever they are.

I've worked with ministers in these Christian denominations: American Baptist, Anglican, Anglican Catholic, Atlantic Baptist, Cavalry Chapel, Christian Church, Christian & Missionary Alliance, Christian Reformed, Church of God (Anderson, IN), Church of God (Cleveland, TN), Episcopal, Evangelical Free, Evangelical Lutheran, Evangelical Presbyterian, Foursquare, Free Methodist, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Nazarene, North American Baptist, Open Bible, Pentecostal Holiness, Presbyterian Church in America, Presbyterian Church USA, Reformed Church in America, Seventh Day Adventist, Southern Baptist, United Methodist, Vineyard, Wesleyan, and many independent churches.

A Christ-follower for more than 40 years, I minister from a life experience replete with sorrows and surprises. I hold an M. Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, an MBA from Harvard University, and a B.S. from Purdue University. Since 2000, I've been serving on the reFocusing Team of Novo (formerly "Church Resource Ministries"). My wife Annie received her Doctorate in Psychology in 2010 and has a private psychology practice specializing in Emotional Transformational Therapy (ETT). We've been married for 40 mostly glorious years and have six adult children.

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