An Unhurried Leader

The Lasting Fruit of Daily Influence

Spiritual mentor. Pastor. Executive director. Parent. Professor. Spouse. We have many roles and relationships. And in the midst of all we do, we’re tempted to frantically take control of situations in hopes of making good things happen.

In these pages, Alan Fadling unfolds what it means for leaders to let Jesus set the pace. Through biblical illustrations, personal examples, and on-the-ground leadership wisdom, this book will guide you into a new view of kingdom leadership. Along the way, you just might find that the whole of your life has been transformed into a more livable and fruitful pace.

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Unhurried Living


Rest Deeper. Live Fuller. Lead Better.

If you desire to cultivate healthy rhythms of work and rest, welcome to the community.

We invite you to step into the stream of the life-giving patterns of Jesus so that you can begin to enjoy more peace, more creative energy and increase true productivity.


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Alan Fadling

Alan Fadling serves as a frequent speaker, consultant and retreat leader with local churches, national organizations and international leaders. He speaks from the intersection of spiritual formation and leadership, with content that is approachable, usable and transferable.

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Gem Fadling

Gem Fadling is a Certified Spiritual Director who shares and teaches authentically from her own life and relationship with God. She loves to help open the windows of women’s lives to let in a fresh breeze, encouraging them to find their voice, get in touch with their longings, and take that next step.

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Alan is clearly more than just a writer, theologian, or speaker. He is truly a practitioner equipping leaders to slow down to order their hearts and minds to be more thoughtful and effective. Unhurried Living is rooted in scriptural truth and practical simplicity and Alan, as a speaker and a facilitator on this topic, is not only one of the best, but he is an important pioneer in this area of getting our lives into a Christ-like rhythm of rest and kingdom impact.

Jeff Spadafora

Director of Global Coaching Services, Halftime Institute

Retreats with Alan & Gem Fadling have provided a sacred space to pull away and step into a facilitated solitude of “unhurried” time to listen and reflect in God’s presence with a blank agenda. I inevitably emerge with a refreshed soul, a gladness of heart, deeper love for the One who invites us to ever deeper intimacy, and a clarity of vision for what I need to do next in providing leadership in my place of vocational calling.

Carol Taylor

President, Evangel University

Gem is the perfect guide for weary souls seeking refreshment with the Lord. Her welcoming, cheerful, and gentle presence helps us to put our guards down and feel safe. She also has a wealth of experience to share from her own journey with God that helps newbies or experienced seekers discern the movements of the Spirit.

Kate Kim

Human Resources Coordinator, Olive Crest

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How to Develop the Habit of Unhurried Time with God

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An Unhurried Life

Here is a book that affirms that our work is a God-given gift. Productivity is not the enemy―it is the attitudes behind our work that can be our undoing. So how do we find balance between our sense of calling and the call to rest? An Unhurried Life offers a way.


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Take Five: 17 Simple Ways to Serve Others

Take Five: 17 Simple Ways to Serve Others

When we are hurried inside, serving others may be the last thing on our minds or in our hearts. We may feel there is so much on our plate that doing something for others is beyond our bandwidth. But that kind of hurry is unreal. Our first work is not our...

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Disengagement: From Surviving to Thriving

Disengagement: From Surviving to Thriving

I survived Whole 30. That is what I was planning to say after I completed 30 days of eating counter to my usual diet. To my surprise, I did more than survive. I made it all the way to thrive. For the month of January I only ate meat, vegetables, fruit, tree nuts and...

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Solitude: A School for Purpose

Solitude: A School for Purpose

I’m writing this post in a moment of solitude from a third-floor guest room at the Sustainable Faith Indy urban retreat house in Indianapolis, Indiana. We have been hosted by our friends, Dave & Beth Booram. We enjoyed holding a talk and book signing for An...

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Audio – An Unhurried Life Interview

Audio – An Unhurried Life Interview

Alan was recently interviewed by Paul Johnson, of the God Zone Podcast. In their conversation they discussed: Jesus' rhythms of engaging and drawing away How rest enhances your productivity Listening to God Hebrews 4 “…make every effort to live at rest…” How to live...

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