Friday, April 12, 2013

What Others are Saying about "Leading Up"

It's been over four months since Leading Up: Finding Influence in the Church Beyond Role and Experience was released by The Youth Cartel. Since then, I've received so much positive and encouraging feedback from friends and youth ministry folks who have been deeply encouraged and blessed by the book. From interns, volunteers, and pastors, it's humbling to see God use a little book to equip and encourage leaders, both in the youth ministry tribe and beyond to the greater church world.

Here are a few reviews and blog posts highlighting what others are saying about Leading Up:

I did a 5 question interview with Josh Griffin at MoreThanDodgeball.com:
Leading up can be so difficult because we’re stuck in the middle as youth workers. What is one key thing to avoid to make sure our leadership is not overlooked?Being “stuck in the middle” sounds more gloomy than the reality of our role–we are key members of the body of Christ, called by the Spirit of God and equipped to lovingly build up the whole church while focusing our time and energy on teenagers. It all comes back to recognizing my identity and calling in Christ; I’m not just a “youth worker,” I’m a beloved child of God, uniquely gifted and strengthened by the Holy Spirit. Leading up is far more empowering when I realize that it’s not about me, it’s about the vision and calling Christ has given me. Leadership is a gift, not an entitlement or obligation.
Kara Powell at the Fuller Youth Institute wrote a great positive review:
The title immediately got my attention because “Leading Up” has been a major focus of our Sticky Faith work. We’ve found that as we present our research, leaders fairly quickly understand what needs to change. The bigger—and harder—question is how do we bring about those changes? How do we help our supervisors understand and embrace the new direction we think God wants us to head?
Rachel Blom at Youth Leaders Academy was surprised to find herself enjoying the story in the leadership fable: 

Usually I’m not a big fan of books that start with fictional stories. Andy Stanley’s Communicating for a Change for instance was superb because of the last part, the story at the start didn’t do much for me. It was the same with other books, like Ken Blanchard’s The One Minute Manager for instance. The reason is that I love stories, I love fiction, but it’s not meant to get a lot of information across. In writer’s terms that’s known as infodumping and it pulls the reader out of the story.
But I have to admit that the story in Leading Up starts with about junior high pastor Logan and his struggles to get his vision across in his church was helpful. I think a lot of youth ministry pastors will recognize elements of his story and journey.

If you wrote a review or a post about Leading Up, let me know by sharing in a comment or shoot me an email! I'd love to hear how Leading Up is shaping your leadership in your church! 

You can buy Leading Up at Amazon, The Youth Cartel, and Simply Youth Ministry.

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