Church Leadership

Church Leadership

7 Dangers Facing Your Church

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Our culture is changing, and the church seems to be under increasing pressure. But these dangers are not new, and God's word shows us how to meet them head on. Discover how Jesus' messages to seven first-century churches in Revelation 2 3 is his message to your church today too. Together, you can live as Christ's faithful, hope-filled people in a changing culture.

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9781784982782
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2018-03-01
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Developing Emotionally Mature Leaders How Emotional Intelligence Can Help Transform Your Ministry

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There are many things that make up a great leader. The ability to motivate, to see the big picture, to delegate. But perhaps just as important, if not more so, is the leader's emotional intelligence (EQ). How we feel impacts how we lead, and how those we lead feel about themselves when they're around us affects how well they follow our leadership. It follows then that if we want to be the most effective leaders, we must be emotionally mature.

In this practical book, church leadership expert Aubrey Malphurs shows church and ministry leaders how to assess, understand, and improve both their own EQ and that of their followers, so that they can inspire the very best in their churches and organizations.

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9780801019449
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2018-04-17
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Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations Revised & Updated

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Over the past ten years, thousands of church leaders have successfully transformed congregations with the principles from the original Five Practices Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission and Service, and Extravagant Generosity. However, much has changed in the world and the Church. Leaders have discovered new ways to implement the Five Practices in settings that were not imagined when the original book was released. This revised and updated edition of the ministry leadership classic includes a significant amount of new material.

How are the Practices being used now, in new types of congregations? How has each Practice changed in the last decade? What new issues or concerns do leaders need to consider in relation to each Practice?

  • This revision provides leaders with a 'next step' look at the original practices. Schnase gathered ideas and other content from ministry leaders who have been using the Five Practices, and explains how those ideas work, how leaders adapted the principles to their own settings, and how they expanded them.
  • A new preface redefines 'Congregations' given their evolving nature. When the original book was written, the new forms of Christian community either did not exist or were barely known. The Five Practices are, however, just as essential to the new types of congregations as they were to the traditional church.
  • Since the original book, there is more variety, diversity, and experimentation in worship. The revised Five Practices includes material based on these new forms.
  • Small group study has always been important for intentional faith development. But since the original book, the nature of those groups has transformed to include secular settings and a wide variety of affinities profoundly affecting how faith leaders approach issues of faith development, and in many cases radically changes what they offer in their communities.
  • Imagine the topic of Risk-Taking Mission and Service before Black Lives Matter, the Syrian refugee crisis, and the Trump administration. This new version gives instruction and specific ideas for how we might best serve today's world.
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    9781501858871
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    2018-05-15
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    Abingdon Press

    Gods Country Faith Hope & the Future of the Rural Church

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    With the poetic force of Kathleen Norris and the pastoral warmth of Eugene Peterson, Kansas pastor Roth sets forth a vision for vibrant rural churches, for ministry in congregations that bear a profound sense of both loss and possibility, and for harvesting fruits of transformation and renewal. Rooted in stories from Scripture, his own ministry, and interviews with rural church leaders, Roth offers a sturdy theological and practical alternative to church-growth strategies that rely on success stories and flashy metrics. Reclaiming God's vision for the rural church, Roth writes, means learning how to praise, abide, watch, pray, grow, work the edges, die, befriend, and dream. In God's Country, rediscover the stunning abundance of God's presence in rural communities. Name the ways that the rural church testifies to God's glory and goodness. Learn to live and love and minister right where you are, no matter how small or unassuming it may seem. Winner of the Award of Merit, Christianity Today 2018 Book Awards, The Church / Pastoral Leadership category.
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    9781513801612
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    2017-08-01
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    Kingdom Collaborators Eight Signature Practices of Leaders Who Turn the World Upside Down

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    "These who have turned the world upside down have come here too." (Acts 17:6)
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    9780830841431
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    2018-03-13
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    IVP Books

    PASTOR THEOLOGIAN RESURRECTING AN ANCIENT VISION

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    Pastoral ministry today is often ruled by an emphasis on short-sighted goals, pragmatic results, and shallow thinking. Unfortunately, those in the academy tend to have the opposite problem, failing to connect theological study to the pressing issues facing the church today. Contemporary evangelicalism has lost sight of the inherent connection between pastoral leadership and theology. This results in theologically anemic churches, and ecclesial anemic theologies.

    Todd Wilson and Gerald Hiestand contend that among a younger generation of evangelical pastors and theologians, there is a growing appreciation for the native connection between theology and pastoral ministry. At the heart of this recovery of a theological vision for ministry is the re-emergence of the role of the "pastor theologian."

    The Pastor Theologian presents a taxonomy of the pastor-theologian and shows how individual pastors--given their unique calling and gift-set--can best embody this age-old vocation in the 21st century. They present three models that combine theological study and practical ministry to the church:

    The Local Theologian--a pastor theologian who ably services the theological needs of a local congregation.

    The Popular Theologian--a pastor theologian who writes theology to a wider lay audience.

    The Ecclesial Theologian--a pastor theologian who writes theology to other theologians and scholars.

    Raising the banner for the pastor as theologian, this book invites the emerging generation of theologians and pastors to reimagine the pastoral vocation along theological lines, and to identify with one of the above models of the pastor theologian.

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    9780310516828
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    2015-06-23
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    Zondervan

    Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry Expanded

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    "I'm tired of helping others enjoy God--I just want to enjoy God for myself."
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    2018-04-03
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    IVP Books

    Strong & Weak Embracing a Life of Love Risk & True Flourishing

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    Flourishing people are strong and weak. Two common temptations lure us away from abundant living withdrawing into safety or grasping for power. True flourishing, says Andy Crouch, travels down an unexpected path being both strong and weak. We see this unlikely mixture in the best leaders people who use their authority for the benefit of others, while also showing extraordinary willingness to face and embrace suffering. We see it in Jesus, who wielded tremendous power yet also exposed himself to hunger, ridicule, torture and death. Rather than being opposites, strength and weakness are actually meant to be combined in every human life and community. Only when they come together do we find the flourishing for which we were made. With the characteristic insight, memorable stories and hopeful realism he is known for, Andy Crouch shows us how to walk this path so that the image of God can shine through us. Not just for our own good, but for the sake of others. If you want to become the kind of person whose influence leads to healthy communities, someone with the strength to be compassionate and generous, this is the book for you. Regardless of your stage or role in life, whether or not you have a position of leadership, here is a way to love and risk so that we all, even the most vulnerable, can flourish."
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    S780830844432
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    2016-03-12
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    IVP Books

    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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    2007-06-05
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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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    2007-11-29
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    Kregel Academic & Professional

    ADMINISTRATION IN THE SMALL MEMBERSHIP NR

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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