Futuring: Leading Your Church into Tomorrow

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The church's task is to communicate a holistic, life-changing gospel. To do that, says Samuel Chand, leaders are compelled to meet the needs of the times. In Futuring, this vibrant voice underscores the foundational message of the gospel but insists the messaging methods must change or lose all effectiveness. Chand introduces a fresh metaphor for church leadership, that of working with both "natives," longtime church members who dutifully carry on as usual, and "immigrants," newcomers mobilized by compassion and community. He outlines ten traits of potent leaders, who go before both natives and immigrants, including: - sensitivity to all: a celebration of racial, vocational, generational, and gender diversity - technophilia: future leaders need to embrace emerging technology - healthy lifestyles: biotechnology changes the face of pastoral care - lifelong learning: continuing education is no longer a luxury - future gazing: futuring church leaders forecast trends, envision scenarios, and help create the desired future Sure to create a buzz, this effervescent manual is for any church leader who wants to respond to changing needs by moving out of the past and into the future.

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ìI heartily recommend Dr. Chandís work. He is truly an innovative force in training church leaders.î Larry Burkett, Crown Financial Ministries ìLike a pair of binoculars, this book provides the mechanism that will help leaders see distant and future concepts clearly.î

Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor; president, The Urban Alternative ìChandís keen insights and vast leadership exposure have prepared him well for forecasting and setting leadership directions.î

John C. Maxwell, The Injoy Group ìSamuel Chand is pioneering the church into tomorrow.î

Bill McCartney, Promise Keepers, Denver, Colorado ìIn the words of my late father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Chand is not a searcher of consensus but a molder of consensus. He has a dynamic way of hitting you with the truth and yet easing your pain at the same time.î

Bernice A. King, Atlanta, Georgia ìWhen Samuel Chand speaks, I listen. When he writes, I read what he has to say. You will do well to do so too.î Vinson Synan, Regent University ìDr. Chand will guide you through the steps necessary to position you and your church for growth. I highly recommend Futuring as a must-read for leaders.î

Jim Bolin, Trinity Chapel, Powder Springs, Georgia ìJesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.î The message will never change. But the methods to present the message can and must change to reach a new realm of churchgoers. Futuring introduces a fresh metaphor for church leadership, that of working with both ìnatives,î longtime church members who dutifully carry on as usual, and ìimmigrants,î newcomers mobilized by compassion and community. Samuel R. Chand outlines ten traits of effective leaders who go before both natives and immigrants, including: ï sensitivity to all: a celebration of racial, vocational, generational, and gender diversity ï technophilia: future leaders need to embrace emerging technology ï healthy lifestyles: biotechnology changes the face of pastoral care ï lifelong learning: continuing education is no longer a luxury ï future gazing: futuring church leaders forecast trends, envision scenarios, and help create the desired future This vibrant, timely manual will help you recognize and respond to the trends that affect your ministry and will guide you as you move your flock out of the past and into the future. Samuel R. Chand is president of Beulah Heights Bible College in Atlanta, Georgia. He conducts nationwide Urban Leadership Conferences for EQUIP, a John Maxwell ministry of INJOY, and speaks to about 250,000 people a year. A native of India, Chand has an M.A. from Grace Theological Seminary. Cecil Murphey is the award-winning author or coauthor of seventy-five books, including Gifted Hands and Rebel with a Cause, a book on the life of Franklin Graham. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Samuel R. Chand is president of Beulah Heights Bible College in Atlanta, Georgia. He conducts nationwide Urban Leadership Conferences for EQUIP, a John Maxwell ministry of INJOY, and speaks to about 250,000 people a year. A native of India, Chand has an M.A. from Grace Theological Seminary. Cecil Murphey is the award-winning author or coauthor of seventyfive books, including Gifted Hands and Rebel With a Cause, a book on the life of Franklin Graham. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. REVIEWS: "I heartily recommend Dr. Chand's work. He is truly an innovative force in training church leaders." -Larry Burkett, Crown Financial Ministries "Like a pair of binoculars, this book provides the mechanism that will help leaders see distant and future concepts clearly." -Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor; president, The Urban Alternative "Chand's keen insights and vast leadership exposure have prepared him well for forecasting and setting leadership directions." -John C. Maxwell, The Injoy Group "Samuel Chand is pioneering the church into tomorrow." -Bill McCartney, Promise Keepers, Denver, Colorado "When Samuel Chand speaks, I listen. When he writes, I read what he has to say. You will do well to do so too." -Vinson Synan, Regent University "Dr. Chand will guide you through the steps necessary to position you and your church for growth. I highly recommend Futuring as a must-read for leaders." - Jim Bolin, Trinity Chapel, Powder Springs, Georgia "Chand is not training a few preachers to stand in a pulpit; he is preparing a generation of men and women to shake up this nation." -Bishop Eddie L. Long, Lithonia, Georgia "A compelling, modern-day prophet, Chand leads and ministers out of the integrity of his heart." -Crawford W. Loritts, Jr., Campus Crusade for Christ, USA

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