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Canoeing the Mountains

Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory
Narrated by: Tom Parks
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Explorers Lewis and Clark had to adapt. While they had prepared to find a waterway to the Pacific Ocean, instead they found themselves in the Rocky Mountains. You too may feel that you are leading in a cultural context you were not expecting. You may even feel that your training holds you back more often than it carries you along. Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world. If you're going to scale the mountains of ministry, you need to leave behind canoes and find new navigational tools. Listening to this book will set you on the right course to lead with confidence and courage.

©2015 Tod Bolsinger (P)2017 Two Words Publishing, LLC. Recorded and distributed by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA. www.ivpress.com

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Required reading for leaders feeling stuck

If you are someone who feel that your ministry is stuck because the leadership tools you possess don’t seem to be working then this book is a must read. The principles Tod brings out illuminate the terrain the western church finds itself in. And the material he presents is extremely helpful in taking a step towards a healthier, and more adaptive, leadership approach.

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  • Ray M
  • 07-12-2018

Required reading for Pastors and other leaders!

T is the second time I have gone through this book. First was with an ebook and then I bought the Audible version. This should be required reading for all pastors and other leaders. We are entering a different world and we need to know how to minister in a very different context.

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  • Steven M.
  • 04-03-2019

Adaptive leadership principles for the church.

Loved it. Long read, but great analogies. A must read for church leaders. I highly recommend.

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  • Dave Livermore
  • 15-02-2019

Best book of 2018

It's extremely creative in how Tod comes out of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and make the application to the church. This is one of those unforgettable books on Leadership. I'm having all our pastors read and discuss this book

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  • Nick
  • 24-11-2018

Well worth several reads

As a pastor, I read a lot of books on leadership and the church. This is easily the best one I’ve read. Bolsinger presents fantastic mental models for fostering an adaptive style of leadership. The Lewis and Clark references were pointed, insightful and surprisingly relevant.

If you’re looking for a book that lays out a quick fix to your church leadership problem(s), this isn’t it. Bolsinger does better than claiming to have the solution by providing a different way to think about and approach our problem(s).

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  • M. Hammond
  • 20-10-2018

Both the book and the narrator were excellent!

A good amount of the content from this book is similar to Ron Heifetz's book on Practicing Adaptive Leadership. The principles in that book are distilled in this one and directed towards the church/church leadership. The observations in the journey of Lewis and Clark provide an excellent narrative for the book. Very great read!

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  • Bluehouse
  • 11-09-2018

An Adventure Awaits

Bolsinger does a great job weaving Scripture, America's pioneering spirit and practical theology. This is a great resource for a church's leadership team. It is loaded with good questions and honest reflections by author.

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  • Joe Beran
  • 06-08-2018

A great read for ministry today.

I cannot recommend this enough as an introductory way to start thinking about ministry in 2018

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  • Steven
  • 06-08-2018

Great paradigm

Bolsinger offers an insightful paradigm for leaders, sketching a model of adaptive leadership, illustrated by facets of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Very helpful take on adaptive leadership for folks in the Church.

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  • Rich Thornton
  • 27-06-2018

Into the Unknown!

An excellent visionary challenge with practical steps to lead the church, and others, into the new world around us. The reader was very good also.

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  • Tjls3
  • 10-10-2017

Great analogies that applied to the story

Tod's experience provides the insight and credibility for this work. His examples provide a path for others to follow.

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