Unhurried Enough to Care 6. What leadership quality has God been showing you lately? I can especially say that I deeply appreciated the beginning of the book looking first at what it means to be a follower as that is a lesson that every leader needs to master. This is the first time I read it, and I read it fairly straight through. If that sounds confusing, just read the book. In the ten very accessible chapters that constitute the book, and in a manner that reflects the style of leadership the book describes, Alan Fadling shares insights from his own story and the pages of scripture; then he invites us to reflect on the implications for our own leadership.
It is a kind of leadership that is less about signing up to work for God and more about responding to the invitation to come and work with God in places where God is already at work. This is a book that asks the reader to look at every aspect of life in the light of walking with Jesus and be honest about what that reveals. We have many roles and relationships. I recommend you check it out for yourself. Appreciate those five words that start with R: reset, remember, repent, rest, root, and reflect. He unearths the often-buried scriptural truth that fruitfulness comes from abiding in Christ. It is this idea—that the way we go about our personal spiritual lives, and the way we go about leading and getting things done, are fundamentally different or even at odds with each other—that is the premise this book effectively challenges.
Each chapter also ends with unique practices and reflection questions to further our exploration of the topic. Uncover the magnificent story of beauty, goodness, and truth that will satisfy the ultimate longings of your heart. During the interview, Fields described how he had been contacted in regard to a vacancy in a well-known major religious organization. What impact does it have on your woul? The child needs to do the opposite of what he assumes is right and instead push his fingers toward each other. To learn that we begin not with leading, but with following.
Contemplation is the inhale to the exhale of godly ministry. To learn that we begin not with leading, but with following. It may even become a spiritual classic. The busyness of life and the din of leadership responsibilities can silence such important questions. What he articulates so well in his writing, I have had the opportunity to see being lived out, and have observed how it has given shape to his own life and ministry, and in some significant ways my own.
The other two questions are God —centered and people-focused and that is what working with God looks like. Too many times my closest relationships have been lived on unholy autopilot. In A Testament to Devotion, Quaker professor Thomas Kelly put it this way: We Western peoples are apt to think our great problems are external, environmental. Through biblical illustrations, personal examples, and on-the-ground leadership wisdom, this book will guide you into a new view of kingdom leadership. Instead, I want my wise and loving God to use my strengths to move me along his way for me. The solution is to slow down. Even among church or religious leaders, on some level, there seems to be an assumption that the kinds of things that make for a rich personal spiritual life are still somehow not quite the same as, or perhaps even in contrast to, what makes us effective leaders.
I pray that I may be a more unhurried leader tomorrow than I am today, and radically more unhurried n ten years than I am today. Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. He makes it all sound so simple while the work of communing with God is at once challenging and the very opposite of work. The rest and refreshment both leaders and those they lead experience will more than amply repay the cost and time spent on this book. She does this; you say that.
More than being condemned as most prayer treatises, I want to implement what he says. One may feel they have to run faster and faster, even as energy seems to be draining away. I cannot recommend this book any higher than 5 starts or I would. When we get into hurried, anxious places in our lives, how do we respond? This is a book I highly recommend to everyone who is intentional about joining God at work and working God's way. Along the way you just might find that the whole of your life has been transformed into a more livable and more fruitful pace. We can find ourselves running past God rather than walking with God.
They include topics of looking at out thoughts one that helped me a lot , taking time to pray not as an afterthought for the start of a meeting but before it all starts , and leading with the same grace that God gives to us. He uses biblical illustrations, personal examples, and on-the-ground leadership wisdom to move leaders toward the grace-paced leadership Jesus modeled. Productivity is not a sin—it is the attitudes behind our work that can be our undoing. Some books take a lot of time to read because you want to take your time and soak it all in. And quite understandably our first thought as leaders is often what we are going to do. This blog is strictly for non-commercial purposes. The invitation is to embark on a journey of being well-shepherded by the grace of God.
Fadling unfolds what it look like for leaders to let go of control and let Jesus set the pace. I only did a few of them because of time constraints in my life but I have used them in helping others find something inside themselves to help change themselves. Both books offer a combination of statistics, personal testimony, contemporary and Bible stories, and suggested practices to improve the situation for spiritual leaders. Contemplation is the heart of holy leadership, and holy leadership is a fruit of deep-rooted contemplation. Some books take a lot of time to read because you want to take your time and soak it all in.