Winning on Purpose How to Organize Congregations to Succeed in Their Mission

ISBN-10: 0687495024

ISBN-13: 9780687495023

Edition: 2006

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Description: Do you really want the mission to succeed?Are you prepared to live within clear boundaries?Are you ready to align yourself with a greater purpose?Do you have what it takes?Winning on Purpose offers leaders a way to organize congregations for success by creating structures that enable church life and health. As a comprehensive and powerful application of the biblical call to mission, Winning on Purpose sets forth the Accountable Leadership strategy. This model of leadership brings together standards for mission, boundaries, and accountability, and then shows how these standards come to life through the performance of four key players: the board, the pastor, the staff, and the congregation. To read a sample from the book click here

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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 3/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Asan international consultant, judicatory leader, former large church pastor, andprofessor of homiletics, Dr. Paul Borden knows both what is required totransform congregations and judicatories and how to do it. Borden is Executive Minister of Growing HealthyChurches. He is in demand nationally as a church consultant, who helpedinitiate the "teaching church" movement, in which congregations learnfrom other congregations about excellence. His book Hit the Bullseye (Abingdon, 2006) has been used by over 50 denominations in leading change. nbsp; Previousassignments include Director of Church Consulting for the Evangelical FreeChurch of America and Academic Dean of Western Bible College. Paul holds aPh.D. from the University of Denver, Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary andB.S. from Philadelphia College of Bible.

Tables & Figures
Series Foreword
Foreword
Introduction
Do We Really Want to Win?
Playing to Win Beats Playing Around
A reason to exist
The kind of leadership we need
Attracting and keeping leaders
A strategy for getting it done
The First Step is to Stop Defeating Ourselves
Problems of inward focus
Problems of anarchy
Problems of democracy
Problems of oligarchy
Problems of hierarchy
Three Basics Make a Game Worth Playing
The object of the game
The rules of the game
How to keep score
The accountable leadership strategy
Do We Understand the Game?
The Object of the Game Defines Responsibility
The source of our objective
Jesus's final word on the matter
Jesus's earlier mission statements
The acts of the (commissioned) apostles
Winning at the object of the game
The Rules of the Game Create Authority
A word of warning about rules
How boundaries work
Fair game
Breaking the rules
Changing the rules
Accountability is How We Keep Score
Safe and effective organization
When goals are reached
Statistics vs. wins
Interpretation and application
Win, lose, or draw
Do We Know What Position to Play?
Ministry is a Team Sport
Diversity on the team
Captain of the team
Training and coaching for the team
The Congregation Plays Ministry
Control vs. trust
Moving the world
Accountability
Official and otherwise
The Pastor Plays Leadership
The case for a primary leader
Character of the pastor as leader
Modes of leading for three arenas
Limitations of accountable leadership
The Board Plays Governance
The governance distinctive
Trustees for whom?
Defining the guiding principles
Keeping score and calling penalties
Supporting pastoral leadership
Keeping the board on track
The Staff Plays Management
Excellence of execution
A comprehensive staff
The pastor's team
Two degrees of separation
Investment, not expense
Do We Have the Right Equipment?
Organizational Documents Set Up the Game
Creating a corporate "pair o' docs"
Clarity about the bylaws
What the bylaws need to cover
How the bylaws need to be changed
How guiding principles authorize the pastor
Constructing the guiding principles
Mission principles
Boundary principles
Accountability principles
Schedules Keep the Game in Play
The influence of the annual calendar
Proportions of the meeting agenda
Process for training and selection
The wisdom of a transition plan
Affiliations Relate the Team to Its League
Winning in the congregational leagues
Winning in the presbyterian leagues
Winning in the episcopal leagues
Winning in the emerging leagues
Conclusion
Annotated Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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