My friend, Greg Atkinson, has written a brand new book that releases worldwide on Tuesday, April 29th, but we are asking as many as will to pre-order it today, April 15th. Greg has been traveling, teaching and researching the subject of innovation in a Biblical context for the past 6 years. The result of his work is his new book entitled Strange Leadership: 40 Ways to Lead an Innovative Organization.
Greg's friends came up with the idea to have a Strange Leadership Pre-Release Party for him today. Greg will be doing special promotional and pre-release stuff all day today, including an interview and live Google Hangout with Christian Media Magazine Featured Writer Jason Curlee at 11am CST and then Greg will be a guest on the Social Media Podcast with DJ Chuang at 4pm CST.
About the book:
Are you a leader in a Christian organization? Is your church, ministry, or business lacking innovation? Perhaps you're experienced in trying new things and moving in new ways, but you haven't ever tried anything strange. Truly innovative leaders are often considered strange. Don't settle for everyday leadership; immerse yourself in Strange Leadership!
Greg gives 40 different ways the Bible teaches us to be strange leaders. Greg pulls from Scripture to illuminate these concepts and, from the words and writings of other leaders, to drive them home. Strange Leadership is practically an encyclopedia on the subject of innovation.
What's Should You Do?
To find out more about the book and/or to order your copy today, go HERE. Let's support Greg in his new book project and encourage his ministry to church leaders around the world. There is a free downloadable team discussion guide on the book website. I encourage you to order multiple copies for your whole team and go through it with them. Innovation is possible and you might just find that you don't mind being called a "Strange Leader."
*** I’m proud of Greg's continued work with churches and church leaders and encourage you to connect with him online:
- Follow @StrangeLeader on Twitter HERE.
- Follow @GregAtkinson on Twitter HERE.
- "Like" Greg's author page on Facebook HERE and keep up with his writing, work and ministry to the Church.
Here's what some key leaders are saying about the book:
Innovation is imperative in today's leadership culture. Strange Leadership reminds us all that innovation is about doing a whole new thing, that ultimately flows from God, the Chief Innovator. Thanks Greg for pointing us back to our true source for innovation and inspiration. - Brad Lomenick, President and Key Visionary of Catalyst and Author of The Catalyst Leader
Strange Leadership provides leadership help to teach you how innovation can come about in your life and organization by keeping God at the center and will equip you with practical thoughts to lead with integrity. - Pete Wilson, Senior Pastor of Cross Point Church and Author of Plan B and Let Hope In
To be effective, church leaders must be open to innovation. We have to be willing to allow something new to happen in our churches as we seek God's leading; we have to stay on the cutting edge, so we can be relevant in the world we are trying to reach. One of the best ways to stay innovative is to listen to and learn from those who model biblical innovation every day, like my friend Greg Atkinson. - Nelson Searcy, Founder and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, Author and Founder of ChurchLeaderInsights.com
Because leadership in Jesus' upside-down Kingdom is so different and distinct from the world, it is "strange leadership." In his book, Greg offers practical and helpful thoughts on leading others as one under the rule of God. - Eric Geiger, Author and Vice President LifeWay Christian Resources
Strange Leadership is an engrossing and enchanting collection of probes into the emerging field of innovation studies. It is filled with firecrackers, and sometimes even fireworks. - Leonard Sweet, best-selling author, professor (Drew University, George Fox University), Chief Contributor to sermons.com
It’s not a coincidence that God chose to introduce himself in the first verse of the Bible as a “Creator.” I believe God puts a far higher value on creativity and innovation than most people believe. That’s why I’m thrilled with Greg Atkinson’s new book. It’s a wake up call to the Church and a powerful reminder that change is here whether we’re ready or not, and whether we like it or not. Leaders – dismiss this book at your peril. - Phil Cooke, Ph.D. – Filmmaker, Media Consultant, and author of Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media