Pastor, have you noticed the anxiety growing in your people, dividing them from one another, concern weighing on their minds and hearts, and a sort of pervasive discouragement? More than twenty years ago Edwin Friedman in A Failure of Nerve observed that American culture had become fraught with chronic anxiety and, in that condition, the least mature would have great societal influence.

How prescient Friedman was!

He goes on to prescribe a distinctive kind of leadership necessary in anxious contexts. Reading, I was stunned by the consistent ways that Jesus modeled the characteristics Friedman identified.

So, I wrote Leadership Courage for pastors and Christian leaders applying Friedman’s brilliance to the local church.

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