In the months prior to the release of 2020s Foresight, the global community was alerted to the existence of a novel coronavirus, later named COVID-19, an irony not lost on authors Tom Sine and Dwight J. Friesen, who were writing a book to help Christian leaders not merely cope in a time of accelerating change, but learn how to thrive within that context.
This visionary, shalom-rooted book is filled with insightful guidance and anecdotes about leaders stretching to innovate and engage in restorative practices. Readers are invited into a three-step dance: anticipating, reflecting, and innovating. Before starting strategic planning, readers are encouraged to anticipate issues that they are likely to encounter with those they work with in the next five or 10 years, to reflect “on the aspirations and biblical values of your faith,” and to research best practices of other churches and organizations around the world and then adopt innovative practices suited to their own community.
Designed to be a study resource for Christians in varying contexts, each chapter concludes with a prayer, discussion questions, and a list of resources for further study. The book’s strength lies in its focus, not on optimism or human power to correct the misfortunes of the age, but on Christian hope as revealed and affirmed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (Fortress Press)