Lifelong Leadership: Woven Together through Mentoring Communities

Lifelong Leadership: Woven Together through Mentoring Communities

by MaryKate Morse

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What helps leaders break through to new levels of impact? What sustains leaders in the unrelenting work of Christian ministry? What guides leaders through difficult transitions and perplexing challenges?

While many leadership books focus on the individual, Lifelong Leadership offers a comprehensive Mentoring Community model to support and develop Christian leaders, extending the work of God in and through ministry. This model was inspired by Leighton Ford as a way to inspire and support young leaders. MaryKate Morse is the inheritor of this leadership legacy. Her team has developed the Mentoring Community model, which is easy to replicate in a variety of settings.

Lifelong Leadership has been field-tested throughout the world by leaders of various ages, contexts, and experiences and includes testimonials about the enduring impact of this collaborative approach to leadership development. If you’re looking for a successful leadership model in which people trust one another and share each other’s burdens, commit to personal growth over time, and integrate the abiding presence of God, you’ll want to implement Lifelong Leadership with your team.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641580199
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

MaryKate Morse represents a global team of leaders who, under the guidance of Leighton Ford, developed the Mentoring Communities model of group leadership development. She is a professor at Portland Seminary, a mentor for Lausanne Young Leaders, and a trainer for Leighton Ford Ministries. She is a founding board member of Missio Alliance and is affiliated with Global Evangelists Forum and Africa Enterprise. She is also a spiritual director for local and international Christian leaders. She is a writer and author of Making Room for Leadership and A Guidebook to Prayer.

Table of Contents

(Unless otherwise indicated, chapters are written by MaryKate Morse.)

Introduction: The Story of Mentoring Communities ix

Part 1 The Need for Leaders and the Needs of Leadership

1 The Urgent Need of Emerging Leaders 1

2 What Is Spiritual Mentoring? 21

3 Safe Times, Safe Places, Safe People: Where Leaders Grow in Christ 35

4 Mentoring Communities in the Bible 49

Part 2 Essentials of Lifelong Leadership

5 Solitude Anne Grizzle) 67

6 Prayer and Bible Reflection 79

7 Listening Leighton Ford 95

8 Questions 113

9 Discernment 129

10 Group Listening Prayer: The Core Spiritual Discipline of Mentoring Communities Anne Grizzle 143

Part 3 The Mentoring Community Experience

11 The Rhythm of Spiritual Mentoring, Communities 157

12 Building and Sustaining a Mentoring Community 171

Afterword: My Mentoring Story Leighton Ford 187

Acknowledgments: 203

Notes: 205

What People are Saying About This

Angie Wark

YES. Mentoring, in community, is essential—not optional—for every frontline ministry leader. In Lifelong Leadership, MaryKate Morse casts a vision for the purpose, power, and practical shape of life-changing, sometimes even life-saving, Mentoring Communities. Stop going it alone and start growing in a group.

Ken Shigematsu

Leighton Ford is widely regarded as the greatest mentoring leader of his generation. He and his ministry partners MaryKate Morse and Anne Grizzle have inspired me and countless emerging leaders to lead more like and more to Jesus. This powerfully insightful and immensely practical book will empower you to help a new generation discover their God-given beauty and power and make their unique contribution to the world.

Carolyn Custis James

Anyone in ministry leadership knows how lonely it can be. Seminary training and giftedness—vital as they are—are not enough to spare leaders from problems and challenges they didn’t see coming or those dark nights of the soul they must keep to themselves. Lifelong Leadership is a godsend. You hold in your hands a step-by-step, practical guide to create and launch a Mentoring Community—a time-tested practice that has been used globally to end leadership isolation and that benefits emerging leaders with the wisdom and support they long for and need.

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