June 2020 Resource

Leadership for a Time of Pandemic: Practicing Resilience
Leadership for a Time of Pandemic: Practicing Resilience


Tod Bolsinger


Inter/Varsity Press

Book Review By:

Melvin Amerson

Premise of the book:
Resilient, transformational leaders employ adaptive learning practices to lead and guide groups through uncharted territory/challenging times, while being attuned to personal and organizational challenges.

What this book does:
Tod Bolsinger, author of best seller, Canoeing the Mountains draws from that book to provide a brief overview of adaptive leadership. This resource is actually a portion of a chapter of the author’s book that is scheduled for release at the end of the year called, Tempered Resilience: How leaders Are Formed in the Crucible of Change, which focuses on creating a rule of life for staying resilient when experiencing the vulnerability of leadership in uncharted territory. Leadership for a Time of Pandemic is an excellent resource that provides timely guidance and wisdom for leaders who want to courageously lead through current uncharted territory and season of uncertainty.


The New Uncharted Territory
What Kind of Leadership Is Needed?
Adaptive Leadership
The Transformational Leadership Model
How are Resilient Leaders are Formed?
Stress Makes a Leader
Fishing with Zach
A Rule of Life for Change Leaders
Listening: Hammering in Attunement
Looking: Hammering in Adaptability
Resilience and a New World

What are some important insights:
The author provides numerous insights and practices to leading change in challenging times, however, the following quotes are most insightful. “The heart of adaptive leadership begins after you admit what don’t know, then, beginning the process of learning, facing loss, and navigating competing values.” “Sounds of the internal anxiety and fears drowns out the voice that invites us to make a difference.”

Possibilities as a resource for churches:
This is an excellent resource for clergy and laity who want to lead and emerge from a period of immense uncertainty.

Melvin Amerson

Rev. Melvin Amerson is a member of the Texas Annual Conference and serves as a Resource Specialist/Area Representative at TMF. His experience and passion lie in encouraging and developing generous, faithful leaders and congregations.

Melvin is the author of Celebrating the Offering, Fruit for Celebrating the Offering and Stewardship in African American Churches: A New Paradigm, as well as several articles covering topics from generosity, leadership and visioning. Currently, he serves as a board member of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center and is a nationally-recognized generosity consultant known for his engaging presentations.

Melvin obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, a Master of Divinity degree concentrating in Christian education from Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, an Executive Leadership certificate from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and a certificate in Professional Fundraising from Boston University.