* With some of the largest church conferences headlining famous CEOs, we're faced with a contradiction---Jesus. Declaring that leadership is only Christian when it follows Christ, Ford reveals how to redefine and recalibrate your view of leadership according to the Gospels. Renew your ministry and re-imagine your path to authentic servant leadership! 192 pages, softcover from Beacon Hill.
The last thing you need is another book on leadership. So how is UnLeader different?Leadership-centric conversations dominate the contemporary evangelical church scene. The largest church leadership conferences each year include talks from corporate business executives and world famous CEOs. We are drilled with the message that if it worked for them it will work for the church.There is one overwhelming problem. Jesus himself is not our first choice when it comes to who we model ourselves after as leaders. Many times the life of Jesus directly contradicts much of what is being imported into the church under the mantra of effective leadership.This book is not about eliminating leadership in the church. UnLeader will help you redefine and recalibrate your view of leadership according to Jesus’ life. Renew your ministry, reimagine your path to authentic servant leadership, and discover that the only leaders worthy of being followed in the Church are the ones who are following Christ himself.Reviews’In a culture obsessed with leadership and leaders, this book turns the pyramid upside down, provoking all Christians to reexamine what the New Testament really has to say about the subject.’-Frank Viola, author of Reimagining Church’UnLeader is a fast, engaging read that makes a compelling case for a different way - a starkly Biblical way - towards leading the church into God’s future. -David Fitch, B R Linder Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary’As the church struggles through seizmic shifts, UnLeader unwraps the reality of true God-sized influence. The future of the church and the fate of the world, at least in your neighborhood, are at stake...so read only if you intend to give your life away.’ -Hugh Halter, author of The Tangible Kingdom and Sacrilege
Lance Ford is the cofounder and director of Christianity Today’s Shapevine.com and the former director of the Northwood Church Multiplication Center. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Biblical Seminary, Hatfield, Pennsylvania. A writer and consultant, Lance has designed several unique training systems currently in use by networks, seminaries, and leaders throughout the world.