AquaChurch: Essential Leadership Arts for Piloting Your Church in Today's Fluid Culture

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In this latest and most accessible work from church historian, futurist, and best-selling author Leonard Sweet, church leaders will discover the leadership arts that are essential in today's ever-changing culture. The author provides thought-provoking yet practical skills that will elevate the scope of ministry from mere survival of daily challenges to thriving in today's culture! He vividly portrays the new paradigms facing churches and illustrates the need to become an "AquaChurch" in order to effectively minister in our fluid, postmodern culture.

The author includes a "personal log"---questions and ideas that help apply personal thoughts as related to the new paradigms. And, each chapter concludes with a "ship's log"---ideas and activities that encourage group discussion and evaluation with church leaders. It provides an excellent platform for pastors and their entire church leadership to improve the effectiveness of their ministry.

This book not only challenges leaders to think in broader terms, but it provides practical strategies for making specific and meaningful changes in how they minister to their communities. They'll discover how to be relevant to an ever-changing culture with the unchanging gospel of Jesus Christ!

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Navigational Skills You Need to Minister in Our Ever-Changing World

The postmodern world is a fluid world. People you serve feel adrift, their lives a constant series of mid-course corrections. In careers. Relationships. Politics. Technology.

To be effective in this postmodern world, church leaders need to do more than just adapt. We must transform ourselves into an "AquaChurch"---fully capable of navigating the uncharted waters that lie ahead. And we must discover the leadership arts necessary to lead our culture to the unchanging truths of the Gospel.

In this book, you'll explore these essential leadership arts in-depth, and get practical ideas for implementing them in your church. Discover how the Bible...tradition...vision...creativity...teamwork, and more relate to today's ever-changing world. Plus, you'll find churches across the country that are ministering successfully to the postmodern culture without letting go of the Gospel of Jesus.

INSIDE FLAP: "It's time to get the church seaworthy and seagoing again. It's time for the church to rediscover the vocation of voyaging." Leonard Sweet

Wondering how to guide your congregation in this unstable, unsteady and turbulent postmodern world? In this latest work from church historian, futurist, and best-selling author Leonard Sweet, church leaders will discover leadership arts essential for thriving in today's culture.

In this provocative, yet practical book, Sweet identifiies 11 1/3 Leadership Arts including: Orienting by the North Star: Jesus the Christ Casting the Anchor: Tradition Studying Our Compass: The Scriptures Seeing Through Scopes: Vision Taking Shore Leave: Sabbaticals, and more.

The discussion of each Leadership Art is followed by these practical applications... Captain's Logbook---ideas to stimulate you to become a better leader in today's culture, Ship's Log---activities to help your church leadership examine and apply the chapter's principles.

You'll discover how churches like Community Church of Joy, Flamingo Road Church, Saddleback Valley Community Church and nine others are thriving while applying these leadership arts. Find out how to energize tradition...communicate effectively...to see what's really happening in your church. Plus more!

AquaChurch is essential reading for every church leader wanting to impact their congregation, and respond to its changing needs.

From the Inside Flap:

"It's time to get the church seaworthy and seagoing again. It's time for the church to rediscover the vocation of voyaging."---Leonard Sweet

Wondering how to guide your congregation in this unstable, unsteady and turbulent postmodern world? In this latest work from church historian, futurist, and best-selling author Leonard Sweet, church leaders will discover leadership arts essential for thriving in today's culture.

In this provocative, yet practical book, Sweet identifies 11 1/3 Leadership Arts including:

Orienting by the North Star: Jesus the Christ Casting the Anchor: Tradition Studying Our Compass: The Scriptures Seeing Through Scopes: Vision Taking Shore Leave: Sabbaticals, and more.

The discussion of each Leadership Art is followed by these practical applications... Captain's Logbook---ideas to stimulate you to become a better leader in today's culture, Ship's Log---activities to help your church leadership examine and apply the chapter's principles.

You'll discover how churches like Community Church of Joy, Flamingo Road Church, Saddleback Valley Community Church and nine others are thriving while applying these leadership arts. Find out how to energize tradition...communicate effectively...to see what's really happening in your church. Plus more!

AquaChurch is essential reading for every church leader wanting to impact their congregation, and respond to its changing needs.

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