Sustaining While Disrupting: The Challenge of Congregational Innovation offers church leaders theological insights and practical skills for two crucial tasks: to sustain and strengthen foundational elements of the churches they serve and to guide the critical innovation required to address a context vastly different from the one that current assumptions and behaviors fit. Powe and Weems argue that approaching these tasks as competing claims does not work and that new expressions of faith are needed to engender church vitality. They explain the different approaches needed for each task and specify the knowledge and practices leaders require.
While some church leaders start new ministries to reach the unserved, most clergy lead in well-established churches. They have a history, traditions, and a reputation in the community. From that base, Powe and Weems show how leaders can look forward to faithful new callings.
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About the Author
Lovett H. Weems Jr. is respected as a pastor, educator, author, and church leader. Following his pastoral ministry in Mississippi and eighteen years as a seminary president, he came to Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, as founding director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Weems is now professor emeritus of church leadership at Wesley and Lewis Center senior consultant.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Changed Context for Churches Today 1
1 Sustaining and Innovating: A Biblical Model 11
2 The Pastoral Leadership Dilemma 27
3 The Opportunities and Limitations of Sustaining Leadership 39
4 The Leader as Sustainer 49
5 The Leader as Innovator 59
6 Skills for Sustaining and Disrupting 73
7 Tools for Discerning Your Next Faithful Steps 95
8 A New Model for Leading Change 111
9 Innovating in Practice 127
Recommended Resources 147