Equipping Lay Venture Leaders
By Kelly Brown
Kelly Brown, author of Equipping Lay Venture Leaders writes that an intentional leadership process is imperative so technical and adaptive changes can be made by leaders in a rapidly changing world to help leaders be prepared to move the mission forward. This must be an intentional, ongoing process, which grows out of the disciple-making system and helps identify, empower, and deploy leaders.We need to pray for the Holy Spirit to bring us new leaders; for us to see their gifts and potential; and for their leadership journey.
When we look at creating a culture of leadership development in our churches, we should take the best of all the other approaches and focus on establishing an intentional process of growing leaders.Brown writes that the best approach for leadership development in a church or other organization is a combination of several of the approaches, many of which are reviewed in this book, accompanied with an intentional overall strategy.
Equipping Lay Venture Leaders is written to help the local church focus on organizational goals, specific areas in the congregation where the leader is working or serving, and focus on the needs of the individual leader.
This book is a great resource for laity and clergy seeking to develop, empower and deploy lay leadership in the church and beyond. Kelly offers a practical guide, with core principles and proven steps and strategies, for implementing an intentional leadership development process for laity, no matter the size or context of the church, group, or organization. The reflection questions can be applied contextually for nurturing discipleship and creating or expanding leadership development plans.
Bishop Tracy S. Malone
Ohio East Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church
If you are having a hard time finding a book that provides principles, approaches, components, and thought-provoking questions to develop a leadership process, look no further. Equipping Lay Venture Leaders is the book. Kelly has shared in these pages what you need to start developing leaders in an adaptive, strategic, and intentional way.
Executive Minister, Custer Road United Methodist Church, Plano, Texas
In this practical guide, Kelly Brown unpacks twelve key principles for equipping laity to become a post-modern church leader. He then applies these principles to an overall leadership development process that can be contextualized for any church's setting. Every church will find Equipping Lay Venture Leaders helpful.
Author of Being the Church in the Post-Pandemic World
This is a quick and easy read, packed with practical, applicable ideas and lots of mnemonics to make the learning stick. I think it would be a great addition to any leader’s toolbox.
Director of Recruiting, Assessing, and Training for Church Planting at Discipleship Ministries of The UMC