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Listening and Leading in a World We’ve Never Known

Available April 2 wherever books are sold

Kevin G. Ford and Jim Singleton

Healthy transformation starts with a posture of attention.

The world has changed. The changes around us present daunting challenges to the church, and we minister in places we have never been in before. But there are no one-size-fits-all solutions because every church needs to attend to its specific situation and calling. We need to listen for not only what to do but also what not to do. In a world screaming in a thousand directions for our focus, it’s essential for us to become attentive to God, our congregation, and our community.

Kevin Ford and Jim Singleton call for attentive churches with attentive leaders who can discern cultural and organizational change and pivot accordingly. Healthy transformation starts with a posture of attention. We need to see what God is already doing in our midst: in our own soul, in our people, and in the communities and culture around us. Chapters explore key questions that attentive leaders ask and offer case studies of attentive churches that have navigated the issues and transitions facing them. As we practice habits of attention, God leads us through the highs and lows of change into the exciting adventure of being on mission with him.


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FREE Leadership Lift Toolkit

At LFM, we empower leaders to build vibrant ministries by fostering strong and healthy leadership. Over the years, we’ve partnered with leaders worldwide, guiding pastors and ministry leaders through the evolving challenges of ministry. Along the way, we’ve gained valuable insights into effective leadership and we want to share those with you.

The Leadership Lift Toolkit includes:

  1. Growing in Times of Exile Video Series: This five-part missional leadership video series by Jim Singleton helps leaders be attentive to God and what He is doing in their lives during the difficult seasons of life.
  2. Challenges Churches Face Seminar: Kevin Ford explores the concept of cultural intelligence which is required for leaders who engage their context for the sake of the Gospel.
  3. Leadership Articles: Receive practical wisdom from Jim Osterhaus, a psychologist and leadership coach, through his works such as “The Well-Defined Leader,” “Resistance is Your Ally,” “Parenting,” and more.

You can access the entire toolkit by pre-ordering Attentive Church Leadership. Fill out the form below and we will send it directly to your inbox today!

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  • Kevin G. Ford (MDiv, Regent College) is the chief catalyst of Leighton Ford Ministries. He cofounded TAG Consulting, which he and his partners sold in 2019. Kevin’s areas of expertise include leadership, organizational culture, and strategy. He has facilitated the development of over five hundred strategic plans throughout North America. His clients include Fortune 500s, small businesses, and government agencies. But his passion has always been for the church. He has spoken publicly to thousands of people around the world and is in constant demand as a facilitator and speaker. His books include Transforming Church, The Leadership Triangle, and The Secret Sauce. Kevin and his wife, Caroline, live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and have two daughters.

  • Jim Singleton (ThD, Boston University School of Theology) is a coach and discipler at Leighton Ford Ministries. He has been both a longtime Presbyterian pastor (San Antonio, Austin, Spokane, and Colorado Springs), and professor of pastoral leadership and evangelism at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Jim is one of the founders of ECO: A Covenant Order of Presbyterians, which sponsors the Flourish Institute of Theology, where Jim also teaches. He lives with his wife, Sara, a pastor and spiritual director, in Spokane, Washington.

  • This book is not primarily about change. It's about being attentive and knowing when circumstances demand that we pivot. It's also about discerning when to ignore the myriad of voices distracting us and how to stay true to your authentic path.
  • In today's narcissistic society, churches miss the mark when meeting people's felt needs instead of building biblical community. It's a mistake to think the church can adopt a customer-driven strategy, reach people, and then convert them into a close-knit community."
  • We desire three aspects of healthy community: we need to belong, we need to contribute, and we need to make a difference.

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