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213: Alan Fadling | How to Become an Unhurried Leader
Alan Fadling | How to Become an Unhurried Leader
Alan Fadling (MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary) is president and founder of Unhurried Living, Inc. in Mission Viejo, California, inspiring people to rest deeper, live fuller, and lead better.
He speaks and consults internationally with organizations such as Saddleback Church, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Cru, Halftime Institute, Apprentice Institute, and Open Doors International.
He is the award-winning author of An Unhurried Leader and An Unhurried Life, which was honored with a Christianity Today Award of Merit in spirituality.
He is also coauthor (with Gem Fadling) of What Does Your Soul Love? and a contributing author to Eternal Living: Reflections on Dallas Willard’s Teaching on Faith and Formation.
Fadling is a trained spiritual director, and he lives in Mission Viejo, California, with his wife, Gem.
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Alan Fadling and Amber discuss living at the pace of Jesus and practices to help you become an unhurried leader.
Questions Discussed During How to Become an Unhurried Leader:
- When you talk about unhurried living, you are not talking about clearing calendars or reducing to-do lists, but you are talking about living at the pace of Jesus. Will you expound on that a bit?
- How did you begin to wrap your mind around accepting the interruptions and accepting that your to-do list is just not going to be finished?
- You’ve said, “Slowing down is often the better spiritual move rather than autopiloting into acceleration in the face of challenges or hardships.” How do we do that?
- In your book, An Unhurried Leader, you share questions that help unhurry leaders? Will you share a few of those here and how they help?
- What prompted me to share a series on leadership is a book titled, The Call to Follow: Hearing Jesus in a Culture Obsessed with Leadership (which goes along with the second section of your new devotional). When you hear that title, what thoughts come to mind?
- Are there any other practices that help you stay grounded and unhurried?
- Will you describe the kingdom life and how it impacts how we as Christians live this unhurried life?
- What led you to write A Year of Slowing Down?
- Who are some of the people that influenced your faith and the work you do?
How to Become an Unhurried Leader Quotes to Remember:
“Jesus lives at the pace of communion with his Father. No faster, no slower. And he lives at the pace of loving his neighbor just like He invites us to do.”
“That pace, that Kingdom pace looks more like grace than it does driven busyness. It looks more like peace than frantic anxiety. It looks more like presence than profound distraction.”
“One of the things Dallas Willard used to say is, ‘Anything you could do in anxiety, you could just do a lot better in peace’.”
“Slowing down is often the better spiritual move, rather than auto piloting into acceleration in the face of challenges or hardships.”
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. That’s more than just lovely funeral poetry. That is a statement of reality about how the world God has made works.”
“When I’m rested. When I’m unhurried, I’m more creative. I’ve got better vision. I have better wisdom. I have more hopefulness.”
“That’s not how it is in the Kingdom. Kingdom leadership looks more like service, it looks more like following.”
“I think those qualities of humility or gentleness, kindness or patience, these are qualities that resonate in the presence of God. A lot of the popular virtues in cultural leadership don’t play very well with Kingdom virtues.”
“The opportunity is to recognize that Jesus as leader, as King, as Lord, is the best possible life you could imagine.”
“But there’s a way in which we live in loving, humble abandonment to the leadership of God in Christ. And that changes who we are and how we live.”
“The only way we can resist that temptation to get squeezed into the values of the world around us is to have a greater pressure within us pushing outward, you know, something happening in us that is more potent, and that more potent is a someone, it is Christ in us.”
“When Jesus says, at the washing of the feet in the upper room, now that you know these things, you’ll be blessed if you do them. Trying it on, giving it a try, testing it out, experimenting with it. That’s how we get blessed by the goodness of the Kingdom that Jesus proclaims.”
- Book: A Year of Slowing Down: Daily Devotions for Unhurried Living
- Book: An Unhurried Leader: The Lasting Fruit of Daily Influence
- Book: An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus’ Rhythms of Work and Rest
- Book: What Does Your Soul Love: Eight Questions that Reveal God’s Work in You
- Website: Unhurried Living
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