Uproar: Calm Leadership in Anxious Times

by Peter L. Steinke. Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.


This leadership resource provides specific ways to navigate the emotional processes that emerge during times of challenge and change.


leadership journal at the end of each chapter, examples from a variety of social science fields, guidance from the Bowen Family Systems Theory

Recommended Audience

clergy, clergy study groups, seminarians, judicatory leaders, new leader


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • By reflecting on one’ s own leadership style, develop new skills based on the Bowen Theory: a non-anxious presence, identifying emotional dynamics in a congregation, avoiding we vs. they in conflict situations.
  • Gain clarity about one’ s own vision for the congregation, despite what Steinke calls the “ uproar” and “ disruptions of post-modern life.”

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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