A New Kind of Venture Leader
By Olu Brown
1 of 23 books in the 2021/2022 Greatest Expedition Series
We live in a moment when the local church is facing historic declines in membership and attendance. We live in a moment when an increasing number of younger people are no longer identifying with the church, or see it as a vital part of their lives. We live in a moment when churches are closing across the United States and clergy are leaving the vocation. We've lived through a pandemic which has infected and impacted millions of people around the world, devastating families, communities and economies.
At the same time, we are experiencing the resurgence of historic racism. Ideals of freedom and justice are constantly challenged when we see black and brown bodies killed on the streets of our U.S. cities. These moments are not easy and, in times like these, we need a new kind of venture leader, who - like Esther - is not afraid to take risks and venture into unknown places. When you see places where the signs reads, "Stay Out. Danger. Proceed at Your Own Risk," it may be easier to turn around, surrender your leadership card and let someone else take the mantle of leadership in your place.
In A New Kind of Venture Leader, Olu Brown writes for both clergy and laity who seek to answer the call as a new kind of venture leader for this moment and this generation. Right now, your leadership is shining brightly, and your congregation and community are looking for guidance and direction.
Hold on to your courage and faith. Though you may not realize it, you might be embarking on an expedition that will make history.