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Dr.Paul M. Dietterich’s New Book, “Foretaste: Leadership for the Missional Church,” Teaches How to Lead Your Church with a Missional Ecclesiology and Six Leadership Practices


In Paul M. Dietterich’s new book, “Foretaste: Leadership for the Missional Church”, readers will learn to lead their church with a missional ecclesiology and six leadership practices. Drawing on theology, organizational climate research, and the practice of ministry, Dietterich outlines a missional ecclesiology and six practices that will help churches become more faithful and fruitful expressions of the gospel.

In this post-COVID world, the church is under renewed pressure to renew itself and re-think its mission and re-define how ministry is practiced. Dietterich provides readers with the resources they need to do just that. He helps readers understand that the leadership system and the climate it creates is an expression of the faith being proclaimed and can be altered to be more faithful to the gospel.

Dr. Dietterich introduces six leadership practices to build supportive relationships, practice receptivity, emphasize performance, build missional leadership teams, facilitate work, and use group methods of decision making. He argues that it is the community that has begun to taste the kingdom which can provide the hermeneutic of the message. Through this book, Dietterich hopes to help pastors and other church leaders with their ministry as leaders of church organizations and to see better managed and more faithful congregations. His hope is that readers will become more aware of the climate of their church and develop their practice of a missional ecclesiology and those skills that enable churches to be more faithful and fruitful demonstrations of the gospel.

“Foretaste: Leadership for the Missional Church” is a book for all congregations and denominational bodies, for all clergy, and for anyone who wants to learn how to lead their church with a missional ecclesiology and six leadership practices.

Get your copy at:

“Foretaste: Leadership for the Missional Church”
Author: Paul M. Dietterich
Publisher: Cascade Books
Publication Date: November 2019
Genre: Christian Church Leadership (Books)
Paperback ISBN: 978-153266551-6
Hardcover ISBN : 978-153266552-3

About the Author:

Paul Dietterich, ThD in Practical Theology, is Executive Director Emeritus of the Center for Parish Development. As a pastor-consultant-researcher-teacher-writer, he has brought the theological and social science fields together in critical dialogue in service to the church.

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 Missional Ecclesiology
 Leadership Practices
 Church Renewal
 Faithful Congregations
 Performance Emphasis

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