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AGTS News: Creps' authors book on reverse mentoring

Reverse Mentoring: How Young Leaders Can Transform the Church and Why We Should Let Them, by Dr. Earl Creps, was released in September 2008 by Jossey-Bass and Leadership Network. Creps served as director of the AGTS Doctor of Ministry Program from 2001 to 2007.

"Unfortunately for Christ's church, those of us who've been around for awhile in positions of leadership find it difficult to listen to those who haven't, but represent the next generation of the church. What could they ever teach us?" said Aubrey Malphurs, lead navigator, The Malphurs Group and senior professor at Dallas Seminary. "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."

Earl Creps, Ph.D., D.Min., 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, explains 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.

Earl Creps, a former pastor, ministries consultant and university professor, is a sought-after speaker and innovative leader. He is currently a church planter in Berkeley, California.

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  • Price: $16.47
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass (September 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0470188987

Read what others have to say about Creps' book:

"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 and Author

"The world has ended about four times. It happens every time there is an information revolution. 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. Earl Creps calls our attention to this phenomenon in our own day. 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 show you how to get in on this development."
—Reggie McNeal, author The Present Future

"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 of how much younger leaders have helped me, it motivated me to get down to Starbucks or wherever I can spend some time with them."
—Bill Hull, Author of Jesus Christ Disciple Maker, The Disciple Making Pastor, 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


Updated: Friday, November 7, 2008 3:21 PM

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