Wesleyan Leadership Is About Character. Designed specifically for Christian leaders and teachers, Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition, Revised Edition delves into Wesleyan scholarship to guide readers into effective contemporary leadership, from a solidly Wesleyan perspective. Calling upon insights from the 1700s Wesleyan revival in England, authors Carder and Warner motivate, form, and guide church leaders. The revised edition expands the content of the first edition and includes more illustrations and models of leadership formed and empowered by grace. Greater attention is given to leadership practiced by congregations and institutions as well as by individuals.
Christian leadership is theological from beginning to end. Carder and Warner explore the rich Wesleyan theological grounding for such leadership with its abundant emphasis on grace. They remind readers that for Wesley, all methods emerge from the theological imperatives and missional direction of God revealed in Christ. Lovett H. Weems Jr., Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC
To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world is the mission of The United Methodist Church, and the Wesleyan tradition provides a wealth of resources for this missional work. It provides a proven and effective "method" for forming and equipping Christians to join Jesus Christ and his mission of witnessing to the coming reign of God. In Grace to Lead the authors provide a guide to the practice of missional leadership in the Wesleyan tradition. Pastors and congregational leaders will be enriched and inspired by the wisdom and insight contained in this book. Steven W. Manskar, Director of Wesleyan Leadership, Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church
The one thing that separates church from secular leadership is our faith in God through Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit. Bishop Ken Carder and Dr. Laceye Warner continue to remind us of this fact in Grace to Lead. Church leadership is spiritual leadership, and Ken and Laceye provide the groundwork with a Wesleyan distinctiveness for us to reflect upon and enact. This is a "must read" for all of us who continue to study and work on our leadership skills. Grant Hagiya, Resident Bishop of the Los Angeles Area, The United Methodist Church