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Strange Leadership: 40 Ways to Lead an Innovative Organization Paperback – April 29, 2014
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Innovation is imperative in today's leadership culture. Strange Leadership reminds us all that innovation is about doing a whole new thing, that ultimately flows from God, the Chief Innovator. Thanks Greg for pointing us back to our true source for innovation and inspiration. - Brad Lomenick, President and Key Visionary of Catalyst and Author of The Catalyst Leader
Strange Leadership provides leadership help to teach you how innovation can come about in your life and organization by keeping God at the center and will equip you with practical thoughts to lead with integrity. - Pete Wilson, Senior Pastor of Cross Point Church and Author of Plan B and Let Hope In
To be effective, church leaders must be open to innovation. We have to be willing to allow something new to happen in our churches as we seek God's leading; we have to stay on the cutting edge, so we can be relevant in the world we are trying to reach. One of the best ways to stay innovative is to listen to and learn from those who model biblical innovation every day, like my friend Greg Atkinson. - Nelson Searcy, Founder and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, Author and Founder of ChurchLeaderInsights.com
Because leadership in Jesus' upside-down Kingdom is so different and distinct from the world, it is "strange leadership." In his book, Greg offers practical and helpful thoughts on leading others as one under the rule of God. - Eric Geiger, Author and Vice President LifeWay Christian Resources
Strange Leadership is an engrossing and enchanting collection of probes into the emerging field of innovation studies. It is filled with firecrackers, and sometimes even fireworks. - Leonard Sweet, best-selling author, professor (Drew University, George Fox University), Chief Contributor to sermons.com
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Greg gives 40 different ways the Bible teaches us to be strange leaders. Greg pulls from Scripture to illuminate these concepts and, from the words and writings of other leaders, to drive them home. Strange Leadership is practically an encyclopedia on the subject of innovation.
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Greg writes as a veteran in ministry and brings spiritual and practical knowledge that is helpful to all leaders.
I thank Greg for his great work and his heart for God. I have enjoyed all of his writings and look forward to more in the future!
* Prayer has got to be the hub of your church’s wheel, not a spoke in it.
* Do you want to see God do something new in your church and the lives of the people who attend your worship gatherings? Preach the gospel to them.
* The ... way [of] innovation happens is by making an intentional and strategic decision to grow and be innovative.
* “There is no growth without change, no change without loss, and no loss without pain.”
This book is FULL of Scripture! Every idea and principle is solidly built on this foundation of Scripture.
Strange Leadership is really a book about being in tune with God and His Spirit. Atkinson argues this to be THE key to innovation. In the introduction he says,
This is at the very core of being innovative—to be so in tune with God; his dreams become your dreams.
He goes on to say that innovation requires a couple of things:
Listening to the Spirit of God and looking for where He’s moving.
Walking with God and being men and women of integrity.
There is no shortcut to innovation: you can not bypass prayer.
Strange Leadership is broken into 40 chapters. Yes, that’s correct, 40! My only negative critique is that a 40 chapter book that’s almost 400 words is a bit much, especially for busy leaders. However, the chapters are short enough to read in 10 minutes or less and can be taken one a day, which is what I did.
Here are a few highlights for becoming an innovative organization:
Preach the unchanging truth of the gospel and new things (innovation) will be a natural byproduct. (p. 41)
You may have every intention of leading an innovative ministry, but this one truth is staring you dead in the face and keeping you from “godly action.” You haven’t made the decision to do it—no matter what the cost. (p. 56)
When we are so in love with Jesus, so close in communion with Him, so sensitive to the Holy Spirit, and tuned in to what God is doing in our lives; when all this matches up, what we “desire” is actually what God wants us to desire. (p. 67)
Be sure to submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit and stay open to God speaking to you in unconventional ways. And please know: I can tell you God still speaks, but I can’t make Him do it. (p. 80)
I was going to give a highlight from every chapter but my e-version notes were accidentally deleted after chapter 4! So here are a couple final highlights from the last of 40 chapters, Desperation (my personal favorite)…
I saved this way that innovation happens for last because it’s my favorite. If you get this, you get the whole thing. If you can grasp onto this concept and live it out, you will be a changed person. The way I usually refer to desperation is a kind of desperation that leads to a dependency upon the Holy Spirit. A desperation that leads to a dependency upon the Holy Spirit—that’s the key to not only the innovative life but the Christian life. (p. 357)
I don’t know whom I’m speaking to. Maybe a church planter. Maybe a nonprofit that’s in the early stages. Maybe someone who’s been serving somewhere for a long time and has become comfortable. Hear my heart: Let’s never stop crying out to God and longing for His presence and His hand to guide and hold us. I hope I never again (because I have before) get to a place where I say to God, “I’ve got it now. You can let go.” I pray that for you as well. (p. 359)
I hope that’s enough to wet your whistle and read Strange Leadership!
I highly recommend Strange Leadership, especially for leadership teams. I look forward to going through each chapter with the leadership team at Restoration Church next year!