Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory

A Book by Tod Bolsinger

 

Summary:  Explorers Lewis and Clark had to adapt. While they had prepared to find a waterway to the Pacific Ocean, instead they found themselves in the Rocky Mountains. You too may feel that you are leading in a cultural context you were not expecting. You may even feel that your training holds you back more often than it carries you along. Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world. If you’re going to scale the mountains of ministry, you need to leave behind canoes and find new navigational tools. Now expanded with a study guide, this book will set you on the right course to lead with confidence and courage.

 

A member of the Project Twelve team recommended this book by stating: “When I graduated undergrad in 2002 and working in student ministry until 2006, it was easy to follow the emergent movement and the emerging leaders / missional movement that almost every denomination and publishing house was talking about. When the 2008 downturn happened, almost all ministries had their budget cut for new ministries and emerging type of programs.  As I looked around in 2012, the landscape had shifted on how churches were approaching things (if at all). Bolsinger really challenges us as believers to adopt adaptive leadership and deal with what’s in front of us instead of using the system that we always have used.”

 

Bolsinger really challenges us as believers to adopt adaptive leadership and deal with what’s in front of us instead of using the system that we always have used.

 

 

Use Case: Read this book to help navigate change in your organization.

 

Question to Consider: What have I done when I’ve felt like I’m in “uncharted territory”?

 

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