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Hopeful Influence

A Theology of Christian Leadership

Hopeful Influence

A Theology of Christian Leadership

Available for pre-order. Publication date: 30/12/2019.

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334057499
Published: 30/12/2019

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 over twenty influential leaders in different spheres of life, including Dr Eve Poole, Bishop Pete Wilcox, Stephen Timms, MP, theologian and activist Selina Stone and Jonathan Moules of the Financial Times, 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 a foreword from Bishop Paul Bayes.

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 Associate Vicar at St James in the City, Liverpool. Previously, he spent over ten years working for a FTSE 100 company as a senior consultant, helping banks, businesses and the government through process and systems transformation.