Become a bridge-builder in your church and community using Long's cultural observations and practical tools. His positive vision for intergenerational partnership and leadership transference will help baby-boomer pastors and their younger counterparts understand each others' styles - positional status vs. relational credibility, directing followers vs. empowering others. Take hold of The Leadership Jump and learn to collaborate fruitfully for the sake of the kingdom!
Leadership is changing. Not only are established leaders passing the baton to up-and-coming leaders, the very nature of leadership is being transformed. Veteran leader and cultural observer Jimmy Long has discerned how leadership positions and roles have changed in light of societal shifts. Authority is no longer derived from positional status but is earned from relational credibility. Leaders focus not only on tasks but on community. And leadership is less about directing followers to a particular destination, and more about empowering others on a shared journey. Existing leaders cannot write off emerging leaders because they work differently. Nor can younger leaders dismiss the contributions of those who have gone before. Here is a book that offers a positive vision for intergenerational partnership and leadership transference rather than competition. The practical tools outlined here will help existing and emerging leaders understand each others' leadership styles and collaborate fruitfully for the sake of the kingdom.
Jimmy Long (M.Div., D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is a regional director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. His resources include and the
"I would love to put The Leadership Jump into the hands of existing leaders of the first-generation congregation and emerging leaders of the English ministry of every ethnic church in the country. In my fifteen years of working closely with both groups in Asian American churches, there's been a need for a resource to get the two sides talking constructively. Jimmy Long's book would fill this void well."
"For decades, Christian leadership has been stuck in retro cartoonland: vision-slinging heroes, lone rangers and clip-art maps of the world. Long shifts us into hyperspeed with this one. No asteroid unturned."
"The legacy of baby-boomer pastors depends on their willingness to empower the next generation of church leaders. Likewise, the effectiveness of younger pastors depends on their willingness to learn from the wisdom of their elders. Jimmy Long is one of the best-qualified voices to speak to both sides, and his book helps leaders believe, perhaps for the first time, that the generation gap can be overcome. The Leadership Jump is a valuable read for every church wrestling with generational transition."
"Our culture is rapidly changing. And that includes how leaders think, behave and relate to one another across the generational divide in the church. Jimmy Long has done an amazing job in providing practical help in how to navigate the emerging leadership landscape. The younger leaders I work with will wish that every senior leader would read this book with them."
"An extremely timely book that just might save the established church. Long describes in detail one of the most urgent and potentially destructive issues of our time--how to transition leadership from the top-down, command-and-control world of modernity to the bottom-up, team-based, permission-giving, emerging postmodern world. He not only casts a vision for intergenerational partnerships, but he also gives practical tools for accomplishing the vision. Kudos on you Jimmy."
"Looking for a bridge to the future? Take this one. When churches build a bridge by starting in the middle, the end result is a bridge to nowhere. Jimmy Long has traveled both sides, knows the depth of the chasm that separates the banks of established churches from emerging ones, and is conversant in the current conversations on either side of the scholarly divides. This book will help you be a bridgebuilder in your church, your family and your community."
"For more than three decades, Jimmy Long has worked day in and day out to cultivate leaders. He has mentored dozens of them. Scores of them. Hundreds of them! He watched them, generation by generation, pass through their early adult years as their leadership took form. What he learned from them he kept in critical dialogue with the styles and instincts of their predecessors. I can't imagine anyone in as unique a position to provide the bridges we need for partnership in the midst of contending and changing leadership models alive today in the church."