The Leader's Journey

Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation

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The Leader's Journey calls pastors and congregational leaders to undertake the lifelong journey of personal transformation as Jesus's disciples, providing a foundation for leading change in the congregations they serve. The second edition has been revised throughout and includes a greater emphasis on Bowen Family Systems Theory.

"My first edition of this book is well worn and frequently recommended and assigned. I didn't think it could get better, but with the new updates and revisions The Leader's Journey will prove even more transformational for pastors and leaders of all kinds. The change you want to see out there begins with you, and this is a perfect place to start."
--Chuck DeGroat, Western Theological Seminary

"Not every book demands a second edition--The Leader's Journey does. This new edition demonstrates that a 'living system' challenges everyone to continue to learn, observe, manage, and act. Herrington, Taylor, and Creech expand on the importance of engagement that encourages calm and clarity in leadership. The book addresses the crucial aspects of relationships in family settings and faith communities and stresses the importance of spiritual disciplines and a relationship with God as 'the center of gravity that keeps our lives in balance.' This is not an item for your bookshelf but a living, breathing companion for everyday use."
--Emlyn A. Ott, executive director, Healthy Congregations, Inc.; Bexley Seabury Seminary, Chicago

"In this lucid and well-written book, three of the most respected church leaders of our generation place in our hands a guide to Christian transformation. Walking with Christ is an ongoing journey, necessitating the courage of our convictions and the courage to challenge those convictions. The Leader's Journey advocates for personal and congregational change with a clear vision for the expansion and fulfillment of God's promises."
--Caleb O. Oladipo, Campbell University Divinity School; senior fellow of Baptist Scholars International Roundtable


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R. Robert Creech, Author

R. Robert Creech (PhD, Baylor University) is Hubert H. and Gladys S. Raborn Professor of Pastoral Leadership and director of pastoral ministries at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, in Waco, Texas. He formerly taught at Houston Baptist University and served as senior pastor of University Baptist Church in Houston. He is the author of Family Systems and Congregational Life and coauthor of Ethics for Christian Ministry.

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Trisha Taylor, Author

Trisha Taylor (MA, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a psychotherapist and pastoral counselor in private practice in Houston. She serves as a church consultant and has over twenty-five years of ministry experience. Taylor is a co-consultant for Churches Learning Change at Western Theological Seminary and previously served as a healthcare chaplain.

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Jim Herrington, Author

Jim Herrington (DMin, Houston Graduate School of Theology) is co-owner of The Leader's Journey, which offers coaching and consultation services to help leaders and organizations maximize their impact, and has served as a pastor to pastors in the greater Houston, Texas, area for thirty years.

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