Leaders read, but what does strategic reading look like?

 

Turn your reading into a leadership movement.

Be part of this new initiative that encourages deep, critical thinking and engages crucial questions for leaders driving change. Join two 2-hour meet ups in a digital community and a bonus session with the author.

 

Reserve your seat now by selecting the book, day and time (CDT) of your choice.

  • Show up to talk about the first half of the book or listen to the recording that comes to you after your reserved day and time.
  • Repeat for the second half of the book a month later.
  • Then meet the author in a live webinar or listen to the recording the third month.
  • Put your thoughts and questions out there in a moderated Facebook group as you imagine leading this book with people in your congregation or organization.
  • Leave with two gifts from LEAD. Your personal leader’s guide on how to facilitate the book at your place and a surprise.

This first round of books was strategically selected to raise questions around diversity and inclusion. Every church in this country struggles with this. Our not-so-hidden agenda is to prepare you to carry these questions into your own life and ministry.

There is no Reader cancellation once registered. However, if less than six people sign up for a session, LEAD reserves the right to cancel the day and time. In that case, Readers can choose another book, day or time, or they can get a full refund.

#LEADReads launches September 2019 featuring the following books:

DEAR CHURCH: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US
–Lenny Duncan

Lenny Duncan is an unlikely pastor. Formerly incarcerated, formerly homeless, and formerly unchurched, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Shifting demographics and shrinking congregations make the headlines, but Duncan connects the church’s lack of diversity to its lack of vitality. Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of the church.

DISCUSSION DATES: SEPTEMBER 10 & OCTOBER 8

LIBERATING YOUTH from Adolescence
-Jeremy Myers

Jeremy Paul Myers, a seasoned expert in youth and family ministry, calls the church to challenge the dominant societal view of adolescents as “underdeveloped consumers” who can only contribute creatively when they mature into adulthood. Using current studies, Myers shows how marketing and consumer science target young people with the hope of making them find their identity in buying and using things. This strong cultural emphasis underserves young people and even at times defines their lives as mere commodities.  Myers tells the stories of a number of young people whose lives buck the consumer paradigm and myth of the underdeveloped young person in order to live as the called co-creators God has created them to be. Each chapter provides a set of ideas that congregations can use to take a closer look at how young people in their midst are or could be invited to be creative contributors to the life of the congregation. Questions for discussion are also provided to encourage discussion and facilitate action.

DISCUSSION DATES: SEPTEMBER 10 & OCTOBER 8

LOVE BIG: The Power of Revolutionary Relationships to Heal the World
-Rozella Haydée White

Love has the power to transform us. We have forgotten that we belong to each other, becoming disconnected as fear, hatred, and division have infected our lives together. Leadership coach Rozella Haydée White introduces readers to the power of revolutionary relationship, which lead us to love in ways that change us all.

DISCUSSION DATES: SEPTEMBER 10 & OCTOBER 8

THE GOD WHO SEES: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong
-Karen Gonzalez

Meet people who have fled their homelands. Hagar. Joseph. Ruth. Jesus. Here is a riveting story of seeking safety in another land. Here is a gripping journey of loss, alienation, and belonging. In The God Who Sees, immigration advocate Karen Gonzalez recounts her family’s migration from the instability of Guatemala to making a new life in Los Angeles and the suburbs of south Florida. In the midst of language barriers, cultural misunderstandings, and the tremendous pressure to assimilate, Gonzalez encounters Christ through a campus ministry program and begins to follow him. Here, too, is the sweeping epic of immigrants and refugees in Scripture. Abraham, Hagar, Joseph, Ruth: these intrepid heroes of the faith cross borders and seek refuge. As witnesses to God’s liberating power, they name the God they see at work, and they become grafted onto God’s family tree.
Find resources for welcoming immigrants in your community and speaking out about an outdated immigration system. Find the power of Jesus, a refugee Savior who calls us to become citizens in a country not of this world.

DISCUSSION DATES: SEPTEMBER 10 & OCTOBER 8

WHITE AWAKE: An honest look at what it means to be white
-Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill will never forget the day he heard these words: ‘Daniel, you may be white, but don’t let that lull you into thinking you have no culture. White culture is very real. In fact, when white culture comes in contact with other cultures, it almost always wins. So it would be a really good idea for you to learn about your culture.’ Confused and unsettled by this encounter, Hill began a journey of understanding his own white identity. Today he is an active participant in addressing and confronting racial and systemic injustices. And in this compelling and timely book, he shows you the seven stages to expect on your own path to cultural awakening. It’s crucial to understand both personal and social realities in the areas of race, culture, and identity. This book will give you a new perspective on being white and also empower you to be an agent of reconciliation in our increasingly diverse and divided world.

DISCUSSION DATES: SEPTEMBER 10 & OCTOBER 8

Turn your reading into a leadership movement.

Be part of this new initiative that encourages deep, critical thinking and engages crucial questions for leaders driving change. Join two 2-hour meet ups in a digital community and a bonus session with the author.

 

Reserve your seat now by selecting the book, day and time of your choice.

Engage with leaders in an online facilitated discussion in September and October followed by a special webinar with the author in November.

Each book session will have its own moderated Facebook group for sharing your thoughts and questions with the group. 

This first round of books was strategically selected to raise questions around diversity and inclusion. Every church in this country struggles with this. #LEADReads will prepare you to carry these questions into your own life and ministry.

#LEADReads launches September 2019 featuring the following books:

DEAR CHURCH: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US
–Lenny Duncan

Lenny Duncan is an unlikely pastor. Formerly incarcerated, formerly homeless, and formerly unchurched, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Shifting demographics and shrinking congregations make the headlines, but Duncan connects the church’s lack of diversity to its lack of vitality. Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of the church.

DISCUSSION DATES: SEPTEMBER 10 & OCTOBER 8

LIBERATING YOUTH from Adolescence
-Jeremy Myers

Jeremy Paul Myers, a seasoned expert in youth and family ministry, calls the church to challenge the dominant societal view of adolescents as “underdeveloped consumers” who can only contribute creatively when they mature into adulthood. Using current studies, Myers shows how marketing and consumer science target young people with the hope of making them find their identity in buying and using things. This strong cultural emphasis underserves young people and even at times defines their lives as mere commodities.  Myers tells the stories of a number of young people whose lives buck the consumer paradigm and myth of the underdeveloped young person in order to live as the called co-creators God has created them to be. Each chapter provides a set of ideas that congregations can use to take a closer look at how young people in their midst are or could be invited to be creative contributors to the life of the congregation. Questions for discussion are also provided to encourage discussion and facilitate action.

DISCUSSION DATES: SEPTEMBER 10 & OCTOBER 8

LOVE BIG: The Power of Revolutionary Relationships to Heal the World
-Rozella Haydée White

Love has the power to transform us. We have forgotten that we belong to each other, becoming disconnected as fear, hatred, and division have infected our lives together. Leadership coach Rozella Haydée White introduces readers to the power of revolutionary relationship, which lead us to love in ways that change us all.

DISCUSSION DATES: SEPTEMBER 10 & OCTOBER 8

THE GOD WHO SEES: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong
-Karen Gonzalez

Meet people who have fled their homelands. Hagar. Joseph. Ruth. Jesus. Here is a riveting story of seeking safety in another land. Here is a gripping journey of loss, alienation, and belonging. In The God Who Sees, immigration advocate Karen Gonzalez recounts her family’s migration from the instability of Guatemala to making a new life in Los Angeles and the suburbs of south Florida. In the midst of language barriers, cultural misunderstandings, and the tremendous pressure to assimilate, Gonzalez encounters Christ through a campus ministry program and begins to follow him. Here, too, is the sweeping epic of immigrants and refugees in Scripture. Abraham, Hagar, Joseph, Ruth: these intrepid heroes of the faith cross borders and seek refuge. As witnesses to God’s liberating power, they name the God they see at work, and they become grafted onto God’s family tree.
Find resources for welcoming immigrants in your community and speaking out about an outdated immigration system. Find the power of Jesus, a refugee Savior who calls us to become citizens in a country not of this world.

DISCUSSION DATES: SEPTEMBER 10 & OCTOBER 8

WHITE AWAKE: An honest look at what it means to be white
-Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill will never forget the day he heard these words: ‘Daniel, you may be white, but don’t let that lull you into thinking you have no culture. White culture is very real. In fact, when white culture comes in contact with other cultures, it almost always wins. So it would be a really good idea for you to learn about your culture.’ Confused and unsettled by this encounter, Hill began a journey of understanding his own white identity. Today he is an active participant in addressing and confronting racial and systemic injustices. And in this compelling and timely book, he shows you the seven stages to expect on your own path to cultural awakening. It’s crucial to understand both personal and social realities in the areas of race, culture, and identity. This book will give you a new perspective on being white and also empower you to be an agent of reconciliation in our increasingly diverse and divided world.

DISCUSSION DATES: SEPTEMBER 10 & OCTOBER 8
There is no Reader cancellation once registered. However, if less than six people sign up for a session, LEAD reserves the right to cancel the day and time. In that case, Readers can choose another book, day or time, or they can get a full refund.