GBHEM Publishing Office Releases New Book Designed for Christian Leaders and Teachers

Danecia Jones
December 8, 2016
Grace to Lead
The Publishing Office at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) announces the release of a new book, “Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition.” This revised and expanded edition, written specifically for leaders and teachers, includes more illustrations and models of leadership formed and empowered by grace. In addition, greater attention is given to leadership practiced by congregations and institutions. 
The authors, Retired Bishop Kenneth L. Carder and Laceye C. Warner, aspire to motivate and guide church leaders through “Grace to Lead.” The authors explore Wesleyan scholarship to provide readers with examples of effective contemporary leadership from a solid Wesleyan perspective. In the book, Carder and Warner also draw upon 18th century insights from the Wesleyan revival in England. The mix of historic perspectives and contemporary leadership models will serve as a resource for individuals and congregations. 
Carder is the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr. professor emeritus at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina and senior visiting professor of Wesley Studies at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. Warner is an elder in the Texas Annual Conference, associate professor of the practice of evangelism and Methodist studies and senior strategist for United Methodist collaborations at Duke Divinity School.
“Grace to Lead” has received endorsements from United Methodist leaders across the country. Lovett H. Weems Jr., distinguished professor of church leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., said, “Carder and Warner explore the rich Wesleyan theological grounding for such leadership with its abundant emphasis on grace. They remind readers that for Wesley, all methods emerge from the theological imperatives and missional direction of God revealed in Christ.”
“Church leadership is spiritual leadership, and Ken and Laceye provide the groundwork with a Wesleyan distinctiveness for us to reflect upon and enact. This is a ‘must read’ for all of us who continue to study and work on our leadership skills,” said Grant Hagiya, resident bishop of the Los Angeles Area, and author of “Spiritual Kaizen: How to Be a Better Church Leader.” Dr. Steven W. Manskar, director of Wesleyan leadership for the General Board of Discipleship Ministries, added, “Carder and Warner provide a guide to the practice of missional leadership in the Wesleyan tradition. Pastors and congregational leaders will be enriched and inspired by the wisdom and insight contained in this little book.” 
“Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition, Revised Edition,” is available on For more information on GBHEM’s Publishing Office, visit
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