Explorers Lewis and Clark had to adapt. While they had prepared to find a waterway to the Pacific Ocean, instead they found themselves in the Rocky Mountains. You too may feel that you are leading in a cultural context you were not expecting. You may even feel that your training holds you back more often than it carries you along. Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger in his book Canoeing The Mountains brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory.
Especially in church planting, leaders have to be nimble and adaptable. Uncertainty, even apart from Covid, is something that we have to be accustomed to. Tod offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world. If you’re going to scale the mountains of ministry, you need to leave behind canoes and find new navigational tools. We need to lay down the desire to “go back to the old days” and push on towards addressing the uncertainty ahead.
Just as Lewis and Clark had guides that helped them through difficult times traversing lands that were foreign to them, church planters need guides and coaches that will help them along the journey. Not because coaches are the experts per se but we need to invite a guiding voice into our situation to journey alongside us as we see the dream of the church that God placed in our hearts come to fruition. The mission never changes, but our strategies need to always be adaptable. Church planting looks different after the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean our mission has changed. We just need to remain nimble, seeking to embrace inevitable change and embracing the uncomfortable as we step out of the familiar and into the unknown.
Check out this webinar as Tod Bolsinger unpacks the leadership lessons in his book, Canoeing The Mountains.