Beyond the Baptismal Covenant: Transformational Lay Leadership for the Episcopal Church in the 21st Century
by Donald V. Romanik
The Episcopal Church is changing rapidly. Healthy, vital, and vibrant congregations need a new kind of leadership to help them transform local faith communities from one state of being to another. Lay leaders will be called upon to be full and equal partners with clergy.
This provocative new book explores the newest research on effective leadership, healthy communities, models of change, and congregational development to address the need to develop meaningful discernment processes to raise up and support this new generation of faithful lay leaders.
A church without inspired -- and inspiring -- lay leadership would be one that leads to overstressed clergy, congregation-as-audience, and a loss of heart. The Episcopal Church is fortunate to have committed lay leaders at every level, but we must do more to raise up transformational lay leaders to help congregations respond to God's 21st century call.
Beyond the Baptismal Covenet: Transformational Lay Leadership for the Episcopal Church in the 21st Century is distributed through Forward Movement Publications and can be ordered for $15 here or by calling 800-543-1813.
ECF is pleased to share a sample chapter from Beyond the Baptismal Covenet: Transformational Lay Leadership for the 21st Century -- Why Now? The Immediate Need for Effective Lay Leaders here.