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ItemBook reviews(Fresno Pacific University, 2009) Harris, Breck A.; Kinnison, Quentin P.Books reviewed in this issue: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You (John Maxwell); Dynamic Diversity: Bridging Class, Age, Race, and Gender in the Church (Bruce Milne). ItemEntering each other’s story en la frontera: the nature of narrative as identity formation in the context of conflicting narratives, and some implications for intercultural congregational life(Fresno Pacific University, 2011) Kinnison, Quentin P. ItemFresno Pacific University: an E/evangelical university?(Fresno Pacific University, 2019) Kinnison, Quentin P. ItemThe pastor as expert and the challenge of being a saltwater fish in a freshwater tank(Academy of Religious Leadership, 2014) Kinnison, Quentin P.Contemporary church leadership has largely been developed through historically shaped cultural forces stemming from modernity’s rationalism. As the dissonance of this shaping has become more pronounced with the movement toward what has been called “postmodernity” or “hyper-modernity,” it has become important again to understand how we have arrived at our current state for the purpose of understanding how God might be reshaping his church once again. Acknowledging that our current practices of leadership have been largely shaped by historical cultural values can give us freedom to let go of those practices which no longer serve God’s mission and adapt to the context into which God is drawing us. ItemShepherd or one of the sheep: revisiting the biblical metaphor of the pastorate(Academy of Religious Leadership, 2010) Kinnison, Quentin P.This article investigates the shepherding metaphor as used throughout the biblical narrative in contrast to how that metaphor is used in the modern church. In particular, it implies that our current approach to modern church leadership may actually hinder the kind of leadership necessary in changing situations and times. By investigating Old and New Testament usages, this article demonstrates that much of the modern tendency toward expert, professionalized leadership, as exemplified by the office of pastor, may be out of touch with the main metaphor used to describe pastoral leadership. Suggestions are made as to how revisiting the dangerous memories of the biblical understanding of shepherd leadership can benefit the church and its leaders, toward a more holistic and integrated form of leadership that will encourage reliance on the church’s one Shepherd during times of transition and difficult change. ItemThe Social Trinity and the Southwest: toward a local theology in the borderlands(National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, 2008) Kinnison, Quentin P.Considering the major social Trinitarian theologians of the twentieth century, this article investigates how themes of social Trinitarianism might encourage and challenge churches in the Southwestern U.S. toward revision of theological and ethical praxis. Specifically, it investigates the themes of perichoresis, mutuality, egalitarianism, openness to other, and love. Promoting that since human beings are created in God’s image to be socially interconnected, these Trinitarian concepts make both prophetic and ethical demands upon churches in this region regarding cultural diversity and the embracing of “the other." ItemTransforming pastoral leadership: reimagining congregational relationships for changing contexts(Pickwick Publications, 2016) Kinnison, Quentin P.For many congregations, change creates discomfort. Pastoral leaders are often expected to be experts who manage and control realities beyond their expertise, experience, and ability. That expectation, a product of modern approaches to leadership, views the pastor as responsible for maintaining the status quo. Transforming Pastoral Leadership responds to this context by challenging readers to rediscover key biblical themes around the shepherding metaphor as well as key theological themes steeped in our historical faith narratives. Readers are challenged to consider the origins of our dominant leadership practices and to reconsider how Christ's preeminence as the leader of his church requires us to reconstruct leadership practices that are faithful to his preeminence. To assist congregations, Transforming Pastoral Leadership suggests two processes that might help congregations discern God's missional promptings as they move forward into God's future and experience conflict as opportunities for transformation.