Join Sarum College Bookshop for the launch a new book by David Sims and Vaughan Roberts, Leading by Story: Rethinking Church Leadership.
Thursday 7 December at 6.30pm
This innovative and original book builds on qualitative thinking about organizational narrative and argues that it can provide significant insights into how churches function, which is much more in keeping with their ethos and history. As well as analysing how stories and storytelling work in churches it also provides practical ideas for how they can be used to improve church leadership.
Dr Vaughan Roberts writes and speak widely on organisational theory, leadership and the church and is the author of “Personal Jesus: How popular music shapes our souls” (2012) with Professor Clive Marsh of the University of Leicester and a contributor to “The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music” David Sims is Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the Cass Business School. His research has been centred on narrative understandings of working life, and the implications of this for leadership.
This book launch forms part of the MODEM Conference 2017: What is the Church For? taking place at Sarum College.
“Leadership is not much of a New Testament word whereas discipleship, or followership, is. Churches are keen on ‘servant leadership’. So, too, is business. To say what it means we tell stories. Leading by Story provides excellent thought leadership in what has become disputed territory. It is informative, subtle, insightful and wise. It recognises the importance of leaders who love as well as the significance of context and community.” – Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury