Is it possible for church leaders to use biblical and secular leadership concepts in a way that keeps Christ—not the marketplace—at the center of their mission? Drawing on biblical material and business wisdom, In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership explores the critical leadership decisions and practices that shape the success of Christian organizations. These decisions are illustrated in compelling interviews with over forty leaders of churches, universities, denominational bodies, and international ministries. Mike Bonem leverages his background as an MBA-trained manager and an experienced church leader to bridge the gap between the analytical and structured world of business and the faith-driven approach that is essential for healthy churches. Written to offer practical solutions for senior pastors, executive pastors, key laypeople, and leaders of other Christian entities, In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership clearly shows the ways that secular practices can be imported into their organizations. Bonem addresses a variety of topics such as planning, finances, personnel management, measurement, team dynamics, and organizational change. In doing so, he points to the AND that every spiritual organization should strive to achieve.
Understanding Christian Leadership offers an examination of a distinctly Christian understanding of leadership offering a critical appraisal of insights from secular theories of leadership, exploring biblical and other theological insights into the nature and practice of leadership. Whilst arguing for a form of leadership which is widely dispersed and collaborative, the book seeks to explain the distinctive role of leaders within such a leadership economy. It also seeks to establish a proper relationship between sacred and secular leadership thinking, tackling some of the common philosophical and theological reservations to do with leadership discourse, whilst offering a critical framework for discerning the suitability for the Church of different sources of leadership thinking. Designed as core reading for leadership modules currently taught by the author across a large number of training contexts in the UK, this book is an indispensable text for those taking undergraduate or postgraduate-level qualifications in Christian leadership as well as those in other less formal leadership training contexts. Foreword by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
Bold transformation is needed in many of the congregations that cover the American landscape, argue Jim Herrington, Mike Bonem, and James H. Furr, authors of Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey. Drawing on their more than one hundred years of combined experience in a wide variety of church-related positions and a deep commitment to the biblical role of the local church, the authors present practical and concrete principles and concepts applicable across a broad spectrum of congregations. Leading Congregational Change presents a simple, memorable, and transferable framework along with principles of congregational transformation--such as God's call for transformation, the central role of spiritual vitality, the sequential nature of effective change, and the learning disciplines. Illustrations and action items offer adaptable suggestions and starting points for discussion. Leading Congregational Change is designed primarily for pastors and other congregational leaders who sense that things are not "just fine" in their churches and realize that deep change is needed. Judicatory staff and church consultants will also find the model for congregational transformation helpful. Individual ministries within a congregation, new congregations, and parachurch organizations can also use it to facilitate their own transformation. A church will grow when it understands and is genuinely committed to demonstrating and sharing the gospel in relevant ways. Growth will be manifested in the deeper commitment of its members. And more people in the community will hear God's call and become faithful disciples of Christ. Leading Congregational Change is a wise and faithful guide for the journey toward such transformation.
Second chair leaders play a critical role in churches across the world. They serve in paid and unpaid capacities, and include laity, ordained clergy, bivocational, licensed local pastors and others who lead significant ministries, but who are not the lead or senior pastor. Mike Bonem, author of Leading from the Second Chair, takes that important work to the next level, with Thriving in the Second Chair. Here, Bonem points readers beyond their external circumstances to the ways they can act and think differently. He highlights ten key factors that will help second chair leaders do more than just survive. These deep “springs” will enable them to thrive, so that their lives and ministries are fulfilling, vital, and sustainable. The first three springs relate to the single most important professional relationship for any second chair leader – their relationship with the first chair. The next four look at some of the most common and essential aspects of the second chair’s job. The final three springs are arguably the deepest and most important. They enable second chairs to thrive even if they’re struggling with the first seven. These three springs offer help for staying spiritually anchored, overcoming loneliness, and becoming re-energized.
A blueprint for missional, multi-ethnic Christian community Efrem Smith, an internationally recognized and innovative African-American leader, offers a workable plan for connecting theology, practical ministry models, and real stories of people in multi-ethnic Christian communities. Using the example of Jesus, Smith develops a theology of multi-ethnic and missional leadership. Embracing urban and ethnic subcultures such as hip-hop, this book provides a rich mix of multi-ethnic church development, reconciliation theology, missional church thinking, and Christian community. Provides a common-sense approach to creating a multi-ethnic Christian community Includes practical ministry models and real stories of people who are members of thriving multi-ethnic congregations Author is acclaimed African-American thought leader who planted and led a multi-ethnic churches of close to 1,000 and now leads a regional division of a denominational committed to ethnic, multi-ethnic, and missional churches This book is written for anyone wrestling with what it means to be a Christian in an increasingly multi-ethnic world polarized by class, politics, and race.
A new brand of apostolic ministry for today's world The Permanent Revolution is a work of theologicalre-imagination and re-construction that draws from biblicalstudies, theology, organizational theory, leadership studies, andkey social sciences. The book elaborates on the apostolic rolerooted in the five-fold ministry from Ephesians 4 (apostles,prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teacher), and itssignificance for the missional movement. It explores how theapostolic ministry facilitates ongoing renewal in the life of thechurch and focuses on leadership in relation to missionalinnovation and entrepreneurship.The authors examine the nature oforganization as reframed through the lens of apostolicministry. Shows how to view the world through a biblical perspective andcontinue the "permanent revolution" that Jesus started Outlines the essential characteristics of apostolic movementand how to restructure the church and ministry to be moreconsistent with them Alan Hirsch is a leading voice in the missional movement of theChristian West This groundbreaking book integrates theology, sociology, andleadership to further define the apostolic movement.
An engaging and thoughtful book that guides readers into the frontiers of being a missional Christian Prodigal Christianity offers a down-to-earth, accessible, and yet provocative understanding of God's mission of redemption in the world, and how followers of Christ can participate in this work. It speaks into the discontent of all those who have exhausted conservative, liberal, and even emergent ways of being Christian and are looking for a new way forward. It offers building blocks for missional theology and practice that moves Christians into a gospel-centered way of life for our culture and our times. Offers a compelling and creative vision for North American Christians Puts forth a theology and ten critical signposts that must be observed to follow a missional way of life: post-Christendom, missio Dei, incarnation, witness, scripture, gospel, church, sexuality, justice, pluralism Asks questions and points to issues that trouble many leaders in the post-modern, post-denominational, post-Christendom church This book can fill the gap for the average Christian left discontented with the current options "after evangelicalism."
As a MOPS Leaders you are not only a women and mom, you are a world changer, making a better world one mom at a time. You share your love with other moms, you invest in their MOPS experience, you make it possible for them to find friends and grow in their faith. You answer phone calls and cover so many details. Whew! I hope somewhere in there you get the chance to focus on you. What you do matters. It matters so much that we wanted to write specifically to you. Your spiritual, emotional and leadership growth is important, and we hope you’ll let this book be a personal tool to inspire you. This book offers stories and inspiration for your personal leadership as well as shared insight and experiences to help your Leadership Team grow. There is also a bonus section at the end of the book to help your group work through tension. May the words contained in this book encourage you to lead lavishly and with confidence as you embrace your own flourishing as a leader.
Leadership Wisdom from the Late, Great A.W. Tozer A.W. Tozer knew spiritual leadership as a grave task, one demanding great devotion and even greater dependence. Tozer for the Christian Leader makes the late pastor Tozer into your personal mentor. Saying the hard things you need to hear as well as words of grace to build you up, he displays God’s Word in its full spectrum: as a sword and as bread. Ignore him and you forfeit the wealth of his wisdom for you. Plug your ears and you silence his word that instructs so highly. Read without action and you waste treasures given freely. Tozer will inspire you to work hard for God. He will call you to cultivate a Spirit-filled heart. He will urge you to have great faith—to see God big, pray expectantly, and worship fully. He will help you be a better leader, one fit for service to the Most High God. These daily reflections, grouped thematically by month, are ideal readings for any Christian leader—pastor or otherwise.
A handbook of guiding principles for those involved at any level in Christian leadership, from churches and educational institutions to missionary organizations and other parachurch ministries.
Leadership Wisdom from the Late, Great A.W. Tozer A seasoned pastor, A.W. Tozer knew spiritual leadership as a grave task demanding great devotion and even greater dependence. Tozer for the Christian Leadermakes him into a personal mentor. He says the hard things you need to hear with the severity they deserve. He warns, unveils, and convicts. He brings words of grace, encouragement, and comfort. He displays God's word in its full spectrum: as a sword and as bread. Ignore him and you forfeit the wealth of his wisdom for you. Plug your ears and you silence his word that instructs so highly. Read without action and you waste treasures given freely. Tozer will inspire you to work hard for God. He will call you to cultivate a Spirit-filled heart. He will urge you to have great faith-to see God big, pray expectantly, and worship fully. He will help you be a better leader, one fit for service to the Most High God. These daily reflections grouped thematically by month are ideal readings for any Christian leader-pastor or otherwise.
Biblical Perspectives on Leadership and Organizations links biblically-based principles to the study of organizational practices by examining topics including motives, meaningful work, and spiritual leadership from a biblical perspective integrated with findings from contemporary research.
For Church leaders in the twenty-first century who subscribe to the Inerrancy of the Bible and its authority in all matters of life and practice, change is necessary for the spiritual growth of the Church. The goal is to prepare Christian leaders to obey their creed by leading through biblical guidance. In his analysis of the leadership principles and style of Nehemiah, author Dr. R. Zarwulugbo Liberty proposes a paradigm shift back to Godly leadership as exemplified by Nehemiah, who: * Pays attention to details (Neh 1: 1-3). * Cares for his people and country (Neh 1: 3). * Loves God (Neh 1: 4) with all his heart, soul, mind, strength, and loves his neighbor as himself (Mk 12: 30-31). * Prays persistently (Neh 1: 4-11) and fears God in all that he does. * Establishes a genuine relationship with God (Neh 1: 5). * Serves God and his people with a servant's heart and takes personal responsibility (Neh 1: 5-6). * Obeys God's command and has the ability to repent (Neh 1: 6-7). * Knows and applies God's Word in every condition (Neh 1: 8-9). * Believes in God's great power of redemption (Neh 1: 10). * Serves on God's mission with excellence and respects authority (Neh 2: 1-2).
One of the most critical issues confronting the twenty first century church is leadership. The need is great and if the church is to do and be all that God intends, it will only be accomplished through effective biblical leadership. But what is spiritual leadership and how do we recognize it? "In Pursuit of Leadership" addresses these and other questions in an examination of the leadership qualities of Moses. Drawing from the life of one of the world's greatest leaders, Dr. Greg Morris identifies specific characteristics of authentic spiritual leadership. He peels back the mystery of leadership and offers fresh biblical insights derived from a solid biblical perspective. Dr. Morris offers clear and practical guidance on how leaders can make a positive impact on the people and organizations they lead. If you are in leadership or aspire to leadership, this book will provide the tools to lead God's way.
More than fifty contributorsincluding Bill Bright, Ted Engstrom, Gene Getz, Joe Aldrich, Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Jill Briscoe, Earl Radmacher, and Carl F. H. Henryoffer advice to young leaders.
The choice of leadership among God's people is God's sole prerogative. In this book, Laws of Spiritual Leadership, Professor Z.T. Fomum convincingly shows from Scriptures why God chooses certain people, as well as the kind of people He chooses for leadership. The content carries a strong voice of Scripture on simple down-to-earth godly leadership principles, with examples from both the Old and New Testaments. Both the aspiring as well as those already involved in Christian leadership will find their lot. The leader must set and maintain a leadership gap between himself and those he is leading. The author suggests twelve such domains in which the potential leader should seek and establish distinction. For, no one can honestly lead from behind. You cannot lead those who are ahead of you in the knowledge and pursuit of God. Never! Leadership is a call to give God to the people. This will be a priceless gift for your leader!
Do you wish you had a better understanding of the issues and questions African Christians face as they seek to live out their faith in their cultural context? Do you wonder how Africans themselves frame these questions and their answers? Would you like access to actual research that can confirm your own experience or bring new information to your attention that would deepen and broaden your understanding? This unique book, the product of a multiyear study and survey sponsored by the Tyndale House Foundation, offers insights into all these questions and more. Featuring input from over 8,000 African survey participants and 57 in-depth interviews, it provides invaluable insight and concise analysis of the dynamics of the development of African Christian leaders today.
Since antiquity, many have come to view benefaction and patronage in a negative light, largely due to the increasingly immoral motives of those involved in systems that can be exploitative or corrupt. Dr Nathan Joshua provides a counter to this perception and instead draws attention to the goodness of godly benefaction and patronage from an African Christian perspective. Dr Joshua gives a detailed historical analysis of the Pastoral Epistles in the social context of benefaction and patronage in the first century AD, while offering a comparative study on how to carefully apply the values of benefaction and patronage in light of Paul’s perspective in the Pastoral Epistles, in Christian life and leadership. This is a valuable resource addressing the need for leadership with integrity, and challenging the negative outlook surrounding benefaction and patronage today.
This book explores contemporary metaphors of leadership from a biblical or church historical perspective. It seeks to understand the cultural, social, and organizational metaphors from the Bible and the implications for contemporary organizations. Addressing issues such as communication, mentorship, administration, motivation, change management, education, and coaching, the authors explore concepts related to both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. This book will be a valuable addition to the leadership literature in showing how biblical leadership principles can be used in contemporary organizations.