If This Is the Way the World Works: Science, Congregations, and Leadership

William O. Avery

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Synopsis: In If This Is the Way the World Works William O. Avery and Beth Ann Gaede ask two primary questions: First, what principles from science are so broadly accepted that scientists themselves are willing to say, "This is the way the world works"? Second, how do congregations and their leaders behave when they operate in concert with these seemingly universal principles? Avery and Gaede explore five principles form the philosophy of science that suggest an alternative way to view congregational mission and leadership: openness to new information, complexity, diversity, interrelatedness, and process. Their premise is that when faith communities align themselves with the way the world--God's world--works, they more faithfully carry out their vocations as witnesses to God's reconciling work and as servants to one another. By following these basic scientific principles, Avery and Gaede argue, we arrive at a different view of leadership in the church. If this is truly the way the world works, leaders will find strength through relationships, hope in diversity, and above all trust in the love of God.

Review: "If the principles of science we discuss describe the way the world works, then clergy and lay leaders whose insights and behaviors reflect these principles will not only think differently about leadership but will discover a different way of leading, one that will enable them to most faithfully and effectively fulfill their vocation to serve God's mission in the world."

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