Book Review 1: Leadership, God’s Agency, and Disruptions: Confronting Modernity’s Wager

This is the first of Missiology Podcasts book review episodes. Martin leaves aside our usual format for a discussion with Mark Lau Branson and Alan J. Roxburgh about their new book Leadership, God’s Agency, and Disruptions: Confronting Modernity’s Wager

The Book

Leaders in congregations and Christian organizations wrestle with an unraveling of the world in which they have little experience and training. While they are offered unending resources by experts on leadership, some with claims to biblical blueprints, the challenges seem mismatched to those methods. Branson and Roxburgh frame the situation as one in which “modernity’s wager”—the conviction that God is not necessary for life and wisdom and meaning—has defined the Western imagination. Because churches and leaders are colonized by this ethos, even when God is named and beliefs are claimed, approaches to leadership are blind to God’s agency. Branson and Roxburgh approach this challenge as a work in practical theology, attending to our cultural context, narratives of God’s disruptive initiatives in Scripture, and a reshaping of leadership theories with a priority on God’s agency. With years of experience as teachers, consultants, and guides, they name practices which lead to more faithful participation. Leadership, God’s Agency, and Disruptions is wide-ranging in cultural and biblical scholarship, challenging in its engagement with numerous leadership studies, and practical with its focus toward the on-the-ground life of churches and organizations.


Hosted by Martin Rodriguez

Produced by Greg McKinzie