LeaderShifts - Joseph W. Walker III


By Joseph W. Walker III

  • Release Date: 2014-02-18
  • Genre: Christianity
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Our world isn’t slowing down, so only those who are willing to maneuver the
tectonic cultural shifts will have sustainable ministry. From his extensive
experience and using the biblical story of Joseph as an extended metaphor, Bishop
Joseph Walker shares practical wisdom designed to help leaders reach out and equip
their church to share a relevant Christian message. Joseph W. Walker III is bishop
of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Nashville, Tennessee. Under his leadership and over
a span of twenty years, the church has grown from 175 to more than 28,000 members.
During this time, Bishop Walker has seen people struggle to embrace the new things
God is doing; and he fully appreciates how change heightens the demands of
leadership. Shifting approaches to follow where God leads can also mean that leaders
have to risk confronting cherished tradition, which Bishop Paul Morton calls “frozen
success.” But shifting to meet new opportunities is also a delicate balance that
acknowledges history while also being sensitive to those loyal people who have
sustained the organization to this point.  Effective leadership does not impose new
ideas upon old systems without a strategy that enables everyone in the organization
moving forward together. It’s not simply, “out with the old and in with the new.”
Successful organizations do not forget their history, but they commit themselves to
using it as a bridge to propel them to their destiny.