Earl Creps has directed doctoral programs and planted churches, so when he writes a book on spiritual leadership, I get interested. Darrell originally picked up this book and motivated me to as well.
In Off-Road Disciplines: Spiritual Adventures of Missional Leaders, Creps presents 6 personal disciplines and 6 organizational disciplines that he sees in missional leaders and missional churches. It is a helpful book, but I would actually recommend it for boomer leaders who want to be intentional about developing leaders for the next generation of the church. Many boomer leaders are developing younger leaders for the attractional church, and frustration ensues when those they are trying to invest in are drawn to a more missional approach to church and leadership.
Creps talks about his exposure to what he calls postmodernism, uses chance encounters with individuals to demostrate his generalized claims and believes that it took place in the 1960’s. When an older leader reads that, they often want to think, “Hey, I remember the 60’s – I’m postmodern too.” When younger leaders read that they often think, “1960’s…that’s 50 years ago right? 50…”) Yet, I think this book is trying to be more practical, so we’ll try not to deconstruct the whole thing.
Here’s some quality words:
- p.28, “The reverse engineering POV (point of view) recognizes that a teenage devotee of Manga comics hears the gospel differently from a thirtysomething advertising executive, or a middle-aged English literature professor. This chapter argues that, in part, postmoderns have it right: POV is everything, and one of the most useful ways to develop a missional POV is to back it out of culture.”
- p.33, quoting Soul Searching from Christian Smith of Notre Dame, “our findings suggest to us that religious communities should also stop…presuming that U.S. teenagers are actively alienated by religion, are dropping out of their religious congregations in large numbers, cannot relate to adults in their congregations, and so need some radically new ‘postmodern’ type of program or ministry. None of this seems to be particularly true.”
- p.119, allowing hard-liner sentiment from any brand to command most of the attention within a group diminishes the contribution of the moderates who hold the potential for harmony in their hands.”
- p.169, “How are what we called Smallville leaders and Law and Order leaders going to coexist?”