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.
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
Index of Bible References 241
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