Reverse Mentoring

Reverse Mentoring : How Young Leaders Can Transform the Church and Why We Should Let Them

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Earl Creps is known for his work in connecting the younger generation of postmoderns with their Boomer predecessors. The author of
Off-Road Disciplines, Creps, in this new book, takes up the topic of how older church leaders can learn from younger leaders who are more conversant with culture, technology, and social context. In addition to making the benefits of what he calls "reverse mentoring" apparent, he also makes it accessible by offering practical steps to implement this discipline at both personal and organizational levels, particularly in communication, evangelism, and leadership.
Creps' new book is a topic of interest both inside and outside the church as older leaders realize that they're not "getting it" when it comes to technologies (iPod, IM, blogging) or cultural issues such as the fact that younger people see the world in an entirely different way. Creps has been personally involved in reverse mentoring for several years and has spoken and written on the subject extensively. He has pastored three churches (one Boomer, one Builder, on X'er) and is currently a church planter in Berkeley, California. He has also served as a consultant and and a seminary professor and administrator, holding a PhD in Communication Studies and a D.Min. from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0470188987
  • 9780470188989
  • 710,921

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"Unlike their peers in the corporate world, for whom reverse mentoring appears to be a growing trend, Christian leaders seem much less inclined to treat the young as serious sources of information and insight. Barriers of some sort are blocking cooperation among the generations."--From the Introduction

In this groundbreaking book, Earl Creps, the author of Off-Road Disciplines: Spiritual Adventures of Missional Leaders takes up the topic of how older ministry leaders can learn from younger peers who are in closer touch with today's culture, technology, and social climate. Throughout the book, Creps reveals the practical benefits of reverse mentoring and offers down-to-earth steps for implementing it at both the personal and the organizational level.

Reverse Mentoring offers a guide for leaders who want to experience personal formation by exercising the kind of humility that invites a younger person to become a tutor. The book invites older leaders to face uncomfortable truths--"I am not cool"--in order for them to cultivate spiritual growth and ministry effectiveness. It also includes insight into the kind of spirituality from which reverse mentoring draws its strength and which distinguishes it from just another value-added business tactic.

Earl Creps details specific benefits of reverse mentoring in areas such as evangelism, communication, and leadership, clearly showing how to develop healthy reverse mentoring relationships that will garner positive results.

Reverse Mentoring is a model for church leaders who understand the importance of learning from younger people to prevent functional obsolescence and to transform their leadership and mission.
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"Earl Creps is a superb communicator with the passion, courage, and vulnerability to hang out with younger people who mentor him enthusiastically. This book is a refreshing, innovative perspective that all other mentoring books miss."
--Gary R. Collins, PhD, School of Psychology and Counseling, Regent University

"This book will help satisfy a deep hunger for wisdom and guidance."
--John Ortberg, pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church; author, The Life You've Always Wanted

"The world has ended about four times. New technologies and processes for handling information make the old world obsolete, quickly. When this happens an unusual dynamic asserts itself. Younglings mentor the elders into the way of the new world. The richness of life sharing that is established in reverse mentoring is a largely unexplored, but promising green edge to the Christian movement. Let Earl Creps show you how to get in on this development."
--Reggie McNeal, author, The Present Future

"Unfortunately, those of us who've been around for awhile find it difficult to listen to those who haven't. What could they ever teach us? No question this prevalent attitude is much to our disadvantage as we lose touch with the future of Christ's church. So how can we learn to be quiet for once and listen? And why should we founts of wisdom even consider it? Earl Creps provides us with a compelling answer in Reverse Mentoring. This is a must-read for all generations who love Christ's church."
--Aubrey Malphurs, lead navigator, The Malphurs Group; senior professor, Dallas Seminary

"And I thought I was cool, that I had put the 'hip' back in discipleship! But after experiencing Reverse Mentoring, I have discovered it was an 'artificial hip.' It reminded me how much younger leaders have helped me, and it motivated me to get down to Starbucks or wherever I can spend some time with them."
--Bill Hull, author, Jesus Christ Disciple Maker, The Disciple Making Pastor and The Disciple Making Church

"Yikes. We've been nattering on about apprenticeship and formation forever, but we've often studiously ignored some of our best teachers. Brilliantly incisive and yet Monday-morning practical, this warm, vital book might just nudge the church into a long overdue revolution."
--Jeff Lucas, author, speaker, broadcaster
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Table of contents

About Leadership Network.
Introduction: It Takes a Child to Raise a Village.

Part One: Facing Reality.

Chapter 1 Identity: I Am Not Cool .

Chapter 2 Culture: I Don t Get It .

Chapter 3 Ministry: I Am Not Relevant .

Part Two: Cultivating Spirituality.

Chapter 4 Vision: Seeing Beyond Ourselves.

Chapter 5 Wisdom: Knowing Beyond Our Information.

Chapter 6 Relationship: Befriending Beyond Our Peers.

Part Three: Experiencing Practicality.

Chapter 7 Evangelism: Learning from Outsiders.

Chapter 8 Communication: Learning from Listeners.

Chapter 9 Leadership: Learning from Followers.

Part Four: Developing Reciprocity.

Chapter 10 Proteges: Developing R-Mentoring Relationships.

Chapter 11 Processes: Embedding R-Mentoring in Organizations.

Chapter 12 Interview: Joel and Rachel Mentor Earl and Janet.

Epilogue I Was So Much Older Then; I m Younger Than That Now.



About the Author.

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"Full of timely examples that can help keep ministry fresh and relevant." - The Living Church (January 2009) "I enjoyed reading Earl Creps' Off Road Disciplines , but I was enthralled by Reverse Mentoring ...Through these extremely personal and detailed stories Creps gives the reader a window into the emerging world with all of its new language, technology, music, and quirkiness." -Easum-Bandy
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About Earl Creps

Earl Creps has been a pastor, ministries consultant, and university professor. Along the way, Creps earned a Ph.D. in communication at Northwestern University and a doctor of ministry degree in leadershipat AGTS. He is the author of
Off-Road Disciplines from Jossey-Bass.

ABOUT LEADERSHIP NETWORK The mission of Leadership Network identifies and connects innovative church leaders, providing them with resources in the form of new ideas, people, and tools. Contact leadership Network at
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