This title offers an introduction to leadership in the church from a practical and theological point of view. This book explores Church leadership in the context of the 21st century and to ask how it must change and adapt while being true to its roots; it brings together insights from theology, history, and the social sciences in a way that will show that it has much to learn from contemporary leadership studies while also being different in important ways. Many leadership studies either ignore the need for leadership to be properly ecclesiologically grounded and hence risk simply uncritically importing secular models, or put forward a simplistic biblical view of leadership which fails to make creative use of what can be learned from secular studies. To ignore the present context of the Church, as some studies do, is to fail to see how previous explorations of Church leadership are based upon assumptions or presuppositions which are no longer valid thus perpetuating anachronistic models of leadership and the Church that hinder its ability to move forward. The book will attempt to redress these imbalances.
The Reverend Prebendary Dr Graham Dodds is Principal of the School of Formation, Diocese of Bath and Wells and and advisor of the Bishop of Bath and Wells in educational matters. Mervyn Davies is Scholar-in-Residence at Sarum College, Salisbury, and honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Bristol University.
1. A changing church in a changing world?; 2 Growing the People of God in a post-Christian context: the Augustinian option developed.; 3 Leadership, ecclesiology and mission - foundational roles and models of Church.; 4 A Model of Foundational roles: All in it together; 5 Power, Authority and Conflict; 6 Change and continuity: finding new forms of fidelity to the founding vision.; 7 Maintenance versus mission or "what persuaded the Israelites?"; 8 Our time: God, others and myself.; 9 Church as a learning community; 10 Resurrection-Servant Leadership; Conclusion.