• Cutting-edge leadership theory, approaches, and practices for churches
• Biblical and theological explorations of innovation and renewal through God's ordinary people
• Skillfully addresses both academic and church audiences
• Study guide included
In today’s dynamic cultural environment, churches have to be more than faithful—they have to be agile. That means embracing processes of trial, failure, and adaptation as they form Christian community with new neighbors. And that means a whole new way of being church.
Taking one page from the Bible and another from Silicon Valley, priest and scholar Dwight Zscheile brings theological insights together with cutting-edge thinking on organizational innovation to help churches flourish in a time of profound uncertainty and spiritual opportunity. Picking up where his recent bestseller, People of the Way left off, Zscheile answers urgent and practical questions around how churches become agile and adaptive to meet cultural change.
Read the First Chapter here
Read the Introduction here
For clergy, congregational leaders, judicatory and denominational executives and staff, seminarians, and church members.
Zscheile understands that innovation must be a way of life for churches in the next decades. This is one of the most important books I have read in a long time.
—Lovett Weems: Professor of Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary
In an age when people are making choices about their faith, spirituality, and lives in unprecedented ways, our churches have the opportunity to be nimble, graceful, and creative. The Agile Church is an ideal guide for this journey.
—Doug Pagitt: Pastor of Solomon’s Porch and author of Church in the Inventive Age
This hopeful book helps Christian leaders to move away from seeing Church as an end to be preserved and move toward reconceiving the Church as a result of our faithfulness to the mission of God.
—Ian T. Douglas: Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut
Dwight’s work on innovation is a rare gift for pastors and church leaders wanting something rooted deeply in scripture and Christian imagination, not just one more trend.
—Alan Roxburgh: Author, consultant and founder of The Missional Network