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.