A differentiated leader will have the ability to tell the story without blaming anyone else. Runcorn draws on his own experience of offering training, spiritual direction and work consultancy to clergy, and puts his finger accurately on reasons why they may find themselves driven by anxiety, and so unable to be genuinely present to others. Here the focus shifts to what is found within, and is expressive of, the whole community, rather than on something imported from outside. Somewhere in the process it became too long to go on one scroll — hence its two-volume format. . The English Bible versions themselves a matter of bewildering choice are based not only on these Hebrew texts but on a wide variety of sources in Greek, Latin, Syriac and Jewish Aramaic.
Men, women and communities were endeavouring to find meaning in the complex stories shaping their destiny then, as we are now. How are the mighty fallen! Brave and creative though much of the thinking is, deep anxieties are evident too. A different kind of storytelling invites us to adopt different ways of listening to Scripture. His experience has aroused in him serious misgivings about the current ecclesiastical preoccupation with the models of personnel selection and training to be found in the world of business, and this concern finds a clear voice in his latest book. Politics, personality, power and theology are all factors in this story of a society journeying unevenly through change.
Rather like an open theatre production that relies on audience participation, storytelling in the Bible requires communal reading and exploration. You have to work these out through their words and deeds Goldingay 2000: 132. In this perceptive and engaging book, David Runcorn reveals just how deeply one world can speak to the other. But grief is often the precursor of change, and the answering of Hannah's prayer is revealed in her song as a prophetic sign of God's ways in all the world. Fear and Trust : God-centred leadership. He writes, offers spiritual direction, and acts as a consultant and trainer in areas of spiritual formation, vocational development and Christian ministry.
It frees us to imagine ourselves, our own life and meaning, in radically new and adventurous ways. As he weaves his narrative, he often draws on conflicting sources, without attempting to reconcile them. A well-known conference speaker and retreat leader, David is the author of several books, including Choice Desire and the Will of God, Spirituality Workbook, and The Road to Growth Less Travelled. The narrator of 1 and 2 Samuel certainly encourages us to become involved. When I talk to people in the worlds of local government, health care, education, national charities and the Church, I know that many are feeling bruised by the way organizational change is being managed. As the author then helps us reflect on various revealing episodes, time and again, he enables us to trace the true presence of God in the words, actions or faithful endurance of people on the edge of the 'main' script. Leader and led exist here in a thoroughly unhealthy co-dependent relationship.
What a remarkable amount the story of 1 and 2 Samuel has in common with our own! Having worked as a parish priest and in theological training and development, David Runcorn is now a full time 'free range priest'. The E-mail message field is required. Nobody does it better: David, man and king10. But here we find post-heroic storytelling — honest, subtle, non-triumphalist and undefensive. As the author then helps us reflect on various revealing episodes, time and again, he enables us to trace the true presence of God in the words, actions or faithful endurance of people on the edge of the 'main' script.
In the ancient world, stories were originally spoken not written, and the sound of the words and their repetition is important. In this perceptive and engaging book, David Runcorn reveals just how deeply one world can speak to the other. Summary The ancient people of Israel and contemporary Western society share a preoccupation with the idea of leadership. As a consultant and trainer, I have benefited significantly from this awakening of interest! Driven by similar concerns, the elders of Israel decide that what they need is a king like the nations around them 1 Sam. But grief is often the precursor of change, and the answering of Hannah's prayer is revealed in her song as a prophetic sign of God's ways in all the world.
Driving for results or struggling for survival can have a demoralizing impact upon even the most resourceful people. Interestingly, in a number of incidents it is women who offer a different perspective; and the most commendable men, such as Jonathan, are the ones who forgo the playing of power politics. He seems comfortable to be speaking of deep matters, of things that will take time to consider and that may not provide the answers we think we most need. Then again, the burden of expectation upon leaders is huge. The books of Samuel begin with the grief of a powerless woman, Hannah, before there are any kings in Israel, and ends with the grief of a powerful man, King David, full of regrets near the end of his reign.
It is a strategy that brings its successes for Israel but it also results in some catastrophic failures and violent unrest. Renewal comes about not under the leadership of those driven by anxiety about preservation of the institution, but of those free from such anxiety, free to dream a different world. For a more lively paraphrase, readers might try The Message 2007 , which does not assume much knowledge of the original Bible text. Type the word into any internet search engine and you will see what I mean. More books by this author more books by this publisher print copy permissions the ancient people of israel and contemporary western society share a preoccupation with the idea of leadership in this perceptive and engaging book david runcorn reveals just how deeply one world can speak to the.
The story of 1 and 2 Samuel opens with a woman weeping. The questions surfaced as I drove away from yet another training event devoted to the subject. Fear and trust runcorn david epub download epub download fear and trust runcorn david this is a list of episodes of the british television sitcom two pints of lager. Whatever the intention, at the very moment that women began to minister in full priestly partnership, the task was renamed and the focus redefined by a noun borrowed from organizational worlds habitually dominated by men. So events happen, people and God do things, but the drama is very sparing about their motives and feelings. Calling from the walls: From victim to witness; Sources and further reading.
I also listen to people who are working bravely and imaginatively to offer leadership in communities and organizations, but who are experiencing significant resistance, frustrating patterns of dependency and unwillingness to take responsibility. We come expecting something directive and well defined. And, he suggests, it is in the kind of honest, disciplined attentiveness they display, that the greatest hope for leadership will be found today. Fear and trust by david runcorn is a digital epub ebook for direct download to pc mac notebook tablet ipad iphone smartphone ereader but not for kindle a drm capable reader equipment is required. When relating a story or incident I have tried to provide enough detail to set the scene and background, and I regularly give chapter and verse references in brackets but please feel free to ignore these if they are a distraction.