Church Leadership

Church Leadership

11 INNOVATIONS IN THE LOCAL CHURCH

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Join three seasoned church-ministry experts on an insider's tour of the most innovative churches today! Discover a dozen types of innovation, each with profiles of congregations that have implemented that innovation. This is more than a show and tell tour, however. Each chapter offers a solid take-away for church leaders on how to learn and apply the appropriate innovation profiled. The authors also offer scripturally-based assessments of both the positive and negatives implications of implementing each innovation, providing guidance and wisdom. There are many ways to present the Gospel, and this timely book will serve as a springboard for church leaders scratching their heads and asking themselves, "What should we do next?" By learning from a dozen different church types, church leaders can become more intentional about exploring new directions and reaching more of the world for Christ.
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9780830743780
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2007-06-01
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Regal Books

40 QUESTIONS ABOUT ELDERS & DEACONS

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Arranged in a Q & A format, this volume tackles the major questions that pastors, church leaders, and students ask about congregational church government, a topic of much interest in the church today. It provides readers with a clear analysis of key biblical passages, succinct answers (4-8 pages each), and discussion questions. The unique format of the book allows the reader to pick and choose what issues are most pertinent to their interests and needs.
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9780825433641
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2007-11-29
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Kregel Academic & Professional

40 Questions about Elders & Deacons

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Arranged in a Q & A format, this volume tackles the major questions that pastors, church leaders, and students ask about congregational church government, a topic of much interest in the church today. It provides readers with a clear analysis of key biblical passages, succinct answers (4-8 pages each), and discussion questions. The unique format of the book allows the reader to pick and choose what issues are most pertinent to their interests and needs.
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S780825433641
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2007-11-29
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Kregel Academic & Professional

ADMINISTRATION IN THE SMALL MEMBERSHIP

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For many pastors, church administration may be their least favorite area of ministry. But whether they love it or loathe it, they probably spend more time on administration than on any other single area of ministry. This book will help pastors create and maintain effective structures that will enable them to spend most of their time on what they truly value.

Describes church administration as a ministry in the small membership church.

Outlines key steps to organize and manage time, volunteers, and resources of the small membership churches including multi-point charges.

Gives practical methods for creating and maintaining viable structures for effective church management

* Helps pastors organize their church(es), so that they can focus on what gives them the most satisfaction in ministry.

* Helps pastors recruit and retain the right people for the right jobs, thereby maximizing ministry especially where resources are limited.* Gives pastors ways to sharpen their vision for local church and mission beyond the local church ministry.

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9780687646432
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2007-09-01
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Abingdon Press

Advanced Strategic Planning 3rd Edition

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First published in 1999, Advanced Strategic Planning explains why planning is so important to carrying out the church's mission. Now in its third edition, this classic resource offers
-a nine-step strategic thinking and acting model
-useful ideas for developing a ministry strategy
-diagrams to help illustrate concepts
-a new section on spiritual formation
The methods in this book are proven to work, having already helped many churches articulate their vision and implement their mission.
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9780801014550
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2013-06-15
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Baker Books

AMERICAN CHURCH IN CRISIS

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Groundbreaking research based on a national database of over 200,000 churches shows that the overall United States population is growing faster than the church. The director of the American Church Research Project, Dave Olson, has worked to analyze church attendance, showing that it is virtually unchanged from fifteen years ago while our population has grown by fifty-two million people. What does this mean for you, your church, and the future of Christianity in North America? The American Church in Crisis offers unprecedented access to data that helps you understand the state of the church today. We live in a world that is post-Christian, postmodern, and multiethnic, whether we realize it or not, says the author. This book not only gives a realistic picture that confirms hunches and explodes myths, but it provides insight into how the church must change to reach a new and changed world with the hope of the gospel. Readers will find a richly textured mosaic with optimistic and challenging stories. Charts, diagrams, and worksheets provide church leaders and motivated church members with a stimulating read that will provoke much discussion. Questions for discussion accompany the chapters.

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9780310277132
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2008-02-24
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Zondervan Publishing Company

ASSAULTING THE GATES

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Learn the Big Picture approach that will aim your congregation at the mission field in your back yard, or around the world. Many churches want to make the transition from an inward to an outward focus, from catering to the needs of members to reaching out into the world to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Too often they try to accomplish this radical change by taking half steps and partial measures, initiating a new program here or adding a new staff members there.

Yet this kind of change requires more. To succeed in changing its core focus this way, a congregation must learn strategic thinking; it must commit itself to seeing the big picture, and to taking the steps necessary to paint that picture afresh. Everyone, including pastors, lay leaders, key teams and groups, and the congregation as a whole must be involved in a process of transformation. Paul D. Borden, author of Hit the Bullseye and Direct Hit, knows that this transformation will not be easy. But if the target is bringing more people into saving relationship with Jesus Christ, what could be more worthwhile?"

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9781426702204
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2009-11-01
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Abingdon Press

AUGUSTINE AS MENTOR A MODEL FOR PREPARIN

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Lauded for his thoughts, Augustine of Hippo (354-430) has influenced virtually every philosopher of the last fifteen hundred years. But his personal character and ministry are even more remarkable, for in a time when most monastery dwellers sought solitude, Augustine was always in the company of friends, visiting disciples and writing mentoring letters to those he knew.

"Augustine as Mentor "is written for modern day pastors and spiritual leaders who want to mentor and equip other evangelical Christians based on proven principles in matters of the heart like integrity, humility, faithfulness, personal holiness, spiritual hunger, and service to others.

Author Ed Smither explains, Augustine has something to offer modern ministers pursuing authenticity and longing to preach what they practice. Through his thought, practice, success, and even failures, my hope is that today s mentors will find hope, inspiration, and practical suggestions for how to mentor an emerging generation of spiritual leaders. "

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9780805447071
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2008-12-31
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B&H Publishing Group

AWAKENED TO A CALLING

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"For anyone responding to a call to the ministry, this book will be an excellent guide." --Jimmy Carter, Thirty-ninth President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize Winner

The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) annually invites our nation's premier preachers to address a group of young adults who are considering a vocation in pastoral ministry. As part of the FTE's honoring of their outgoing president, Dr. James Waits, for his remarkable service, they have collected these superb sermons. These eight sermons on vocation offer an important resource for high school and college students making vocational decisions, for older adults considering vocational changes, and for all who teach and mentor in the area of vocational discernment and who help others sort out a commitment to professional ministry.

The purpose of the Ministry Conference, and the sermons delivered at the event, intersects well with Abingdon's mission to help form pastors who will serve the church faithfully and effectively. The preachers are highly recognizable and respected individuals who will serve as trusted and wise guides for discerning a ministry vocation. They include Fred Craddock, Walter Brueggemann, Tom Long, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Brad Braxton.

The volume includes an annotated bibliography of publications on ministry as a vocation, and a foreword by Dr. James T. Laney, former Ambassador to South Korea, President of Emory University, and Dean of Candler School of Theology. He is currently a faculty member of Emory's Center for Ethics. He chairs the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, is a trustee of the Henry Luce Foundation, and chairs (with Andrew Young) The Faith and The City Program in Atlanta.

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9780687053902
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2005-01-31
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Abingdon Press

Be Mean About the Vision Preserving & Protecting What Matters

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Why would a leader ever want to be mean?It's all about the vision.

Almost every organization has a vision, but few stick to it over time. Even after short-term success, visions tend to blur, drift, and fade. Why does this happen?

Accomplishing the vision requires intentionality.It requires consistency.It requires commitment.It requires courage.

In Be Mean About the Vision, author Shawn Lovejoy challenges leaders to stay true to the vision regaining and sustaining its trajectory over time. Lovejoy offers a proven strategy for relentlessly protecting our organization s guiding vision: Develop a vision people are willing to die for Keep the vision alive in us Align everyone around the vision Keep the vision from being compromised or even hijacked

One thing is certain if our church or organization is going to accomplish its mission, we re going to need to be: Determined. Resolute. Intentional. We re going to need to be willing to do whatever it takes to keep the vision from being detoured or derailed. Where there is no vision, people perish. They wander off in random directions. On the flip side, when everyone understands and embraces the vision, there is life, passion, growth, and success! And God will be glorified.

As a leader the kindest, godliest, thing we can do is Be Mean About the Vision."

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9780718032883
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2016-02-23
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Becoming a Pastor Theologian New Possibilities for Church Leadership

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The roles of pastor and theologian have gone their separate ways.
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9780830851713
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2016-10-01
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IVP Academic

Biblical Eldership an Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership 1st Edition

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In order to define biblical eldership, we must go back to the only God-given, authoritative source, the text of Holy Scripture. Church history demonstrates the disastrous consequences of drifting from the light of Scripture. This book fulfills the need for an in-depth study on the topic, based in the vast treasure of God's Word.
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9780936083117
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2003-11-05
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Lewis & Roth Publishers