Shares with the reader examples of congregational leaders who have successfully overcome the challenges of leading multicultural congregations through telling stories about who they are and what the communities they lead are about, and the lessons that can be learned from them.
Praise for The Power of Stories:
"This fascinating book offers practical, realistic, and inspirational examples of congregational leaders who have successfully met the challenges of leading multicultural congregations to become unified communities through the power of storytelling."
—Virgilo Elizondo, Professor of Hispanic and Pastoral Theology, University of Notre Dame
"American religion, like the demographic landscape of the country itself, coninues to dramatically shift and change, demanding leadership with the capacity to navigate multiracial, multicultural, and multireligious borders. The Power of Stories is an evocative book that artfully weaves together an impressive number of sources, including textual analysis, exegesis, multiculturalism, change theory, theology, identity development, and social ethics, to name but a few. Lewis mines this diversity of sources to uncover the essential competencies required to lead on the emergent religious border. Her book is a much-needed resource for those interested in religious leadership, including those with years of experience, as well as those training for ministry."
—Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook, Academic Dean, Suzanne Radley Hiatt Professor of Feminist Pastoral Theology & Church History, Episcopal Divinity School
"Jacqui Lewis presents complex psycho-spritiual analysis of pastors that is fitting for the complex cultural terrain they inhabit. This book is packed with resources that range from divergent theoretical approaches and personal narratives, to sample strategies from Lewis's own pastoral ministry. She takes on the current challenge of multicultural and multiracial ministry by pushing the boundaries of an interdisciplinary and multivocal method and pointing the way for pastoral leades who want to be 'change agents for God's vision of Shalom'."
—Traci C. West, Associate Professor of Ethics and African American Studies, Drew University Theological School