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Which Half-Brain Do You Lead With?

Comparing the latest books by Andy Stanley and Tim Keel.

There are two very different approaches to church leadership today. One is practical, focused on measurable outcomes, and concrete. Call it "left-brained." The other is intuitive, focused on process, and organic. Call it "right-brained." From these two mindsets have emerged two effective, respected church leaders with two new books. Andy Stanley is founding pastor of North Point, a megachurch near Atlanta. Tim Keel is founding pastor of Jacob's Well, an emerging church in Kansas City.

Even their book titles reveal their divergent views of leadership. Stanley's title, Making Vision Stick, communicates the pragmatic, how-to nature of his book. Keel, in contrast, declares, "This book is not a manual." Instead, Intuitive Leadership is all about story. Keel shares large portions of his own story, moving us from his childhood, through college, seminary, and into pastoral ministry.

Keel then takes the reader through a sweeping story of world history to explain how we arrived at Postmodernity. Not ...

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