"Religious leaders across the globe struggle with the postmodern conditions of social life, including religious pluralism, rapid social change, increased individualism, and media-driven culture." "Narratives respond to religious pluralism and individualism by linking individuals' stories to one another, and by finding shared stories -- like that of Abraham -- between one community of believers (say Christians or Jews) and the next (say Muslims). Effective religious narratives respond to the media absorption of local traditions and customs by grounding people's meaning and decisions in a viable sense of neighbourhood and place that is cared for by God. The essays in this book come from dedicated religious leaders and teachers who use narrative strategies to sustain religious meaning, values, and community in the face of postmodern life. .... As part of our Narrative Leadership project, funded by the Luce Foundation, this is the final volume in a series of three dedicated to the findings of the project." -- Preface.
Contents: Preface / Larry A. Golemon, Director, The Alban Institute Narrative Leadership Project -- The Practice of Narrative Leadership in Ministry / Larry A. Golemon -- The Continuous Thread of Revelation: Pastoral Memoirs and the Narrative Imagination / G. Lee Ramsey Jr. -- Pastor as Narrative Leader / N. Graham Standish -- The Sacred Value of Congregational Stories / Tim Shapiro -- Story Sharing and the Practice of Hospitality as Ingredients in Effective Leadership / Carol Johnston -- Have Conversations and Have Faith: Trading "Us and Them" for "All of Us" / Mike Mather -- Downtown Judaism: in Our Own Image / Niles Elliot Goldstein -- Living the Story / Diana Butler Bass -- Contributors.