Lending Your Leadership: How Pastors Are Redefining Their Role in Community Life
As America faces great change, we must find new ways of cooperating with one another to solve problems beyond our individual control. That’s why communities are so important. Yet communities today desperately need leaders who can find ways to create new sources of social capital in the ever-changing culture. As leaders of one of the largest pools of community capital—our congregations—pastors have both the opportunity and the skills to help guide local communities through transitions and to help cast a vision of renewed, or even new, communities.
Drawing on his own and other clergy’s work as community leaders, Granade shows that clergy possess invaluable resources for working with people because they are trained to look for God’s bigger view and patient working. They understand that asking the right questions is as important as finding the right answers. He shows how pastors possess the necessary skills, experience, and perspective needed in today’s communities. He offers numerous models for clergy involvement in their broader communities.
At the heart of Granade’s book is a firm belief that clergy can play a unique leadership role in community life. He encourages clergy to reclaim that role and to share with their communities a message of hope: God still cares and is involved in the life of individuals, families, communities, and the world.
Praise for the Book
“With broad scholarship, deep pastoral awareness, and irrepressible humor, Nelson Granade has wonderfully distilled the raw stuff of clergy life into unique and indispensable skills for leaders of stronger congregations and healthier communities. For pastors facing an avalanche of information and impossible expectations, Lending Your Leadership offers fresh meaning, new energy, and even joy in our calling.” —Carl S. Dudley
“A useful, readable book by a working clergyperson who has discovered not only the challenges but also the evangelical imperative of living, serving, and leading intentionally in the church and the world where Christ calls us to be.” —John M. Buchanan, pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, Illinois
“The challenges of leading congregations can be all consuming, yet Nelson Granade speaks as a pastor who has expanded his ministry into the community and shows the rest of us how it can be done and why it is important. All pastors need to consider the calling that this book articulates.” —David L. Odom, president, Center for Congregational Health
About the Author
Nelson Granade is pastor of First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, where he has served since 1994. During this time he has "lent his leadership" to the local community by serving as United Way campaign chair, chair of Wilkes Vision 20/20, and serving on the boards of the Wilkes Pastoral Counseling Center, the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce, Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes, and the Cross Cultural Coalition Task Force. He holds a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary.
Alban No. AL300
paper, 224 pages
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