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Hopeful Influence

A Theology of Christian Leadership

Hopeful Influence

A Theology of Christian Leadership

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334057499
Number of Pages: 192
Published: 30/12/2019
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm

The Church by its very nature is called to be hope filled and future orientated – it exists as a sign, instrument and foretaste of the coming Kingdom of God. Christian leadership, therefore, is at heart all about eschatological influence.

Engaging with the work of influential theological voices such as Leslie Newbigin, Tom Wright and Martyn Percy, Hopeful Influence argues that it is in the process of helping others to see, participate in or experience the world to come that Christian leadership becomes manifest.

With contributions from influential leaders in different spheres of life, including Dr Eve Poole, Stephen Timms, MP, along with theologian and activist Selina Stone, Jude Padfield explores how this eschatatologically-fuelled vision might lead us towards a new manifesto for future leadership in the church, in politics, in business and the third sector, and in the home.

With foreword from Bishop Paul Bayes.

Jude Padfield asks questions around Christian leadership.

Foreword ix

Introduction xi

Part One – Is There Hope for Leadership? 1

1. Pain 3

2. Confusion 25

3. Hope 43

Part Two – What is Hopeful Influence? 73

4. Movement 75

5. Renewal 96

6. Clarity 132

Part Three – How Might a Manifesto of Hopeful Influence Develop? 157

7. Church 159

8. Politics 177

9. Business 190

10. Third Sector 206

11. Next Generation 222

Epilogue 238

Index of Bible References 241

Jude Padfield, Paul Bayes

Jude Padfield is passionate about healthy and effective leadership. He has held leadership roles in the Church, in business, in the charity sector and in local politics, and is motivated to see Christians realising their leadership potential in all areas of life. Jude currently serves in a Church planting context in Liverpool city centre.

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