The Leadership Journey Podcast: Understanding Christian Leadership, with Ian Parkinson
‘For reasons both ancient and new, the church today has an insatiable appetite for the study of church leadership. A vast avalanche of books, seminars, videos, and web sites has swept over the landscape in response to that appetite. Some of it is good and helpful, but overall much of it is very weak or even misleading in ways that should trouble the church leaders consuming it.’Lew Parks
I read this statement some time back and I am pleased to say that the contribution of today’s guest to this vast array of resources is excellent.
Earlier this year he published a new book, Understanding Christian Leadership and he joins me on this episode of the podcast for a conversation around the book. I have reviewed the book in a previous post.
Our conversation covers a number of themes related to the book, including Ian’s definition of Christian leadership, his understanding of leaders as ‘catalysts’, and the balance that leaders need to strike between tradition and the future.
Here is how he defines Christian leadership:
A relational process of social influence through which people are inspired, enabled and mobilized to act in positive, new ways, towards the achievement of God’s purposes.
He also talks about what it means to lead as a Christian outside of the sphere of the Church.
If we want to be effective leaders we need to be effective disciples.
Here is a link to where you can buy your copy of the book, and here is the podcast.