The first principle of ministry leadership is love--love that emerges from life rooted in God. We might have decent skills for leading a human institution or getting people involved in church, but truly transformative ministry calls us to lead God's people into the depths of spiritual life, those places where love is activated fully. Before we can help others, though, we must first cultivate this love in ourselves.
In Leading with Love, Elaine Robinson helps ministry professionals recognize that healthy leadership requires a deeper spirituality that enlivens us to move beyond rigid, dualistic frameworks. Only through life in Christ can we cope with and creatively address the challenges of ministry in an era characterized by a lack of trust in institutions and the anxieties of global pandemic, political division, and uncertainty about the future.
Robinson provides practical tools for cultivating spiritual practices that lead ministers into the world as agents of faith, hope, love, and justice. With its thematically targeted chapters and questions for reflection, readers will finish Robinson's book feeling refreshed and equipped for the good work of love that lies ahead.