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Ambition: What Jesus said about power, success and counting stuff

Ambition: What Jesus said about power, success and counting stuff
In the church at the moment there is a renewed emphasis on missional growth, both in numbers and in regard to spiritual depth. But resources are few and to evaluate `effectiveness' we see an increasing adoption of scales and measures to test and encourage that growth (for example the Renewal and Reform agenda in the Church of England).
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ISBN/EAN: 9780281080120
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Publisher: SPCK
Author: Emma Ineson
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In the church at the moment there is a renewed emphasis on missional growth, both in numbers and in regard to spiritual depth. But resources are few and to evaluate `effectiveness' we see an increasing adoption of scales and measures to test and encourage that growth (for example the Renewal and Reform agenda in the Church of England). Though good and to be welcomed, the challenge for church leaders is to be ambitious for the Kingdom, whilst keeping hold of their souls. This book will examine biblical perspectives on ambition and success, particularly from the point of view of Jesus and the gospels. It will affirm what is praiseworthy in the current emphasis on church growth, whilst challenging the creep of more secular assumptions about what it looks like to be successful. Emma Ineson is Bishop of Penrith in the Diocese of Carlisle, and spent most of her childhood in Kenya. She writes incisively, persuasively and with a fresh take on leadership. She has both scholarly depth and experience as she reflects on ambition, redefining its meaning in the life of a Christian. In this way she redeems the concept from its association with success measured in numbers. Emma and her husband trained together for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol, prior to a job-share curacy in Sheffield, and were then chaplains to the Lee Abbey community in Devon for 4 years. She joined the faculty at Trinity College in 2007 as Tutor in Practical Theology, eventually becoming Director of Practical Training. She has had wide experience, as chaplain to the Bishop of Bristol, Honarary Chaplain to the Queen, and a member of General Synod in the Church of England and other posts. Her book is in chapters on Success and failure; Climbing; Counting; Comparing, Leadership in the image of the Trinity; and Key spiritual dispositions for ambitious people. There are notes and a bibliography. In 194pp.
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