Church Leader's Answer Book A Reference Guide for Effective Ministry

ISBN-10: 1414303548

ISBN-13: 9781414303543

Edition: 2006

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Description: Loaded with tips, guidelines, and proven wisdom from America's most effective church leaders, The Church Leader's Answer Book is an informative, one-stop reference guide. It offers battle-tested advice on nearly every topic imaginable, from church furnishings to staff meetings. The Church Leader's Answer Book will equip and empower pastors, staff, and volunteeer church leaders to efficiently handle all the important day-to-day issues and free them to devote more time to the heart of their ministry. Includes sidebars, callouts, charts, and graphs; case studies and checkups for ministry assessment; interviews with experienced and successful church leaders; and an extensive resource list.

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List price: $29.97
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 11/1/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 704
Size: 7.69" wide x 9.44" long x 1.56" tall
Weight: 3.322
Language: English

Foreword
Administration
Church Management
The Pastor's Call to Administer
Overcoming Overload
Time-Management Strategies
How to Tame the To-Do List
Tools for Personal Organization
Filing for Quick Retrieval
Tips for Maintaining Files
Reading Essentials for the Unorganized
How to Know When It's Time to Delegate
Do You Need a Church Administrator?
Distributing the Load
The Ministry of Interruptions
Church Boards
Building a Better Board
What to Consider When Choosing Board Members
How to Turn Committees into Teams
Why Some Committees Fail
Essential Traits of a Board Member
How to Orient New Board Members
Assess Your Leadership Style
What Is Your Leadership Style?
When Leadership Styles Clash
Personal Growth on the Board
Ways to Work with a Church Board
How to Teach Your Board to Pray
Praying as a Board
Pastoring the Board
Meetings
Why I Love Church Board Meetings
Key Components of a Leaders' Retreat
Training Materials for Leadership Retreats
How to Make Meetings Productive
Ground Rules for Teamwork
The Power of an Agenda
Decision Making
Seeking God's Will in Decision Making
Stepping-Stones to a Decision
Who Makes Decisions in a Church?
Gathering Support for Your Plan
How to Reduce the Conflict of Change
Deciding without Dividing
How Ethical Are Your Decisions?
When to Survey the Congregation
Timely Tools for Writing Surveys
Incorporating Your Local Church
Why Incorporate?
The Pastoral Search
Rescuing the Search
Candidating by Video
How to Find the Right Pastor
Confessions of a Pastoral Search Committee
Questions to Ask a Candidate
The Search from a Pastor's Perspective
Questions to Ask References
Resources for the Pastoral Search Process
Determining a Pastor's Salary
Setting Pastoral Salaries
Staffing
Is Your Church a Great Place to Work?
How to Find Staff via the Internet
Web Sites for Finding Church Staff
Conducting Interviews
Interview Questions
How to Check References
Helps for Hiring People
Hiring Older Workers
Preparing Job Descriptions
More about Job Descriptions
How to Lead an Effective Staff Meeting
How to Pull Together as a Staff
Keeping a Great Staff
The Legalities of Hiring and Firing
How to Deal with a Staffer Who Isn't Measuring Up
Conflict in the Workplace
Firing without Getting Sued
How to Build Staff Loyalty
Rebuilding a Demoralized Team
How to Be Pastor and Boss
The Church Office
The People
The Heart and Soul of the Church Office
Qualities of a Church Office Worker
Hiring and Training a Secretary
The Place
Dividing Office Space
Tips for Office Productivity
How to Decorate the Office
The Procedures
Scheduling Church Events
Keeping Track
Getting Out the Weekly Bulletin
Expand Your Bulletin
A Church Newspaper
Creating a Church Brochure
Dealing with a Printer
Timely Tools for Web-Site Building
Producing a Picture Directory
E-bulletins
Mastering E-mail
Web Outreach
Basics of a Church Web Page
Web Site Helps
E-newsletters and E-zines
Chat Rooms, Discussion Boards, and Blogs
Confidentiality
An Office You Can Trust
Breaking Confidentiality
Publicity
Making the Most of Publicity
Targeted Outreach
How to Attract Attention to Your Church
Unsolicited Publicity
Storing Documents
How Long to Keep Records
Copyrights
Copyright Law and the Church
The Equipment
Computers and Software
Finding the Right Phone System
Do You Need a Fax?
Do You Need a Scanner?
How to Choose a Photocopier
Other Equipment to Consider
Office Equipment Q & A
Change and Conflict
Steps toward Change
Leading People through Change
The Process of Change
Making Good Decisions
Four Levels of Change
Anticipating Conflict
The Cost of Change
Creativity in Change
Why Congregations Resist Growth
Helping People Change
Seeing God in Resistance to Change
Hard Decisions
Coping with Conflict
Reactions to Conflict
Building Community in Controversy
When People's Needs Change
How to Rebuke with Compassion
E-mail Confrontation
The Four Spirits of a Church Fight
Controlling Emotions during Conflict
Are You Creating Conflict?
Keeping Conflict Healthy
Handling Criticism
Coping with Criticism
Handling Complaints
Classifying Critics
The "God Told Me" Critic
How to Prepare for Confrontation
Settling Differences
The Way through Conflict Resolution
Tips on Solving Church Conflict
Roadblocks to Unity
Making Decisions Fun
Healing from a Painful Past
Professional Help in Peacemaking
Advice from Peacemakers
Litigation
Your Nine Greatest Legal Risks
Church Discipline
When Church Members Need Correcting
Construction and Renovation
Deciding Whether to Build
The Ultimate Building Program
When Not to Build
When Building Is Better
Transitioning to Building
Church Building Resources
Building Trends
The Changing Face of Churches
How to Design a Postmodern Church Building
Builders and Architects
Drafting the Design
The Best Builder for You
Church-Builder Relationships
Financing the Project
Eight Key Finance Questions
The Pastor's Role in Fund-Raising
Raising Funds Like a Pro
Hiring a Professional Fund-Raiser
Building without Borrowing
When It's Best to Borrow
Getting a Loan
How to Sell Your Building
Location
Shopping for Land
Zoning Wars
Planning the Project
Prebuilding Homework
Building Right from the Start
Following God's Plan
Who's on the Building Team?
Building Q & A
How to Build Flexible Space
Planning Color on Purpose
Nurturing the Spirit While Building
Nurturing the Soul during a Building Campaign
Keeping Focus in a Building Campaign
How to Handle Construction Criticism
Special Building Concerns
Building Urban or Rural
Building for People with Disabilities
How to Welcome Seniors
Building for Worship
Roofing
Assess Your Roofing
Roofing Materials
Stained Glass
Choosing Stained Glass
Uncover That Stained Glass
Renovation
Maximizing Your Space
Leading through Renovation
Rules for a Successful Makeover
Facilities and Operations
Cleaning and Maintenance
The Noble Calling of Maintenance
What Needs to Be Done?
Maintenance Checklist
The Well-Supplied Custodian
More Resources on Maintenance
Exterior and Grounds
Creating a Welcoming Exterior
Transform Your Parking Lot
Snow Removal
Lighting
Planning Lighting
Church Lighting Q & A
Updating Your Lights
Tips on Lighting
More Resources on Lighting
Sound Systems
Seven Steps to Great Sound
Operating the Sound Board
Solutions to Sound Problems
For People Who Can't Hear
More Resources on Sound
Security
A Safe and Secure Church
Selecting a Security System
Protection against Vandalism
Choosing a Fire-Detection-System
Where Church Fires Start
More Resources on Church Safety
Liability
How to Reduce Your Legal Risk
Who May Use Your Church?
Churches and OSHA
Are You Covered?
More Resources on Liability and Insurance
Insurance
Insuring Your Church
Disabled Pastor
Overlooked Coverage
Troubleshooting
How to Stay High and Dry
Church Critter Control
Utilities
How to Lower Utility Bills
Church Furnishings
Making Decisions
Honoring God in Church Furnishings
Big-Buy Advice
Seating
How to Settle on Church Seating
Special-Needs Seating
The Pulpit
Deciding What Will Be Up Front
Pulpit Decor
Baptisteries
The Baptistery for You
Church Signs
Signing Who You Are
Catchy Messages
Church Finances
The Budget
Money-A Spiritual Ministry
Building a Better Budget
How to Calculate Your Budget
Keeping the Bottom Line
Making Cash Flow Simple
Testing Fiscal Fitness
Borrowing Money
Borrowing Habits of Churches
Borrowing ABCs
Refinancing the Church Mortgage
Grants
Grants for Church Programs
Good News Garage
How to Apply for Grants
Resources for Grants
Giving
Helping People Become Joyful Givers
Deferred Giving
Noncash Donations?
Helping People Manage Money
Debt Free in Five Years
Investments
Investing Church Funds
Avoiding Scams
Safeguarding Money
When You Need a CPA
How to Select a CPA
Safeguards for Church Funds
Protecting the Treasurer
Dealing with Embezzlement
The Challenges of a Treasurer
Taxes
Your Tax-Exempt Status
Can They Tax Our Bookstore?
Pastor Taxes
Who Does Your Taxes?
Pulpit Politics
Social Security: In or Out?
Leading Others
Identifying Gifts
Tapping Church Talent
Equipped for the Job
More Resources on Discovering Spiritual Gifts
Evaluating Your Gifts
Volunteers: Recruiting and Training
Finding Joy in Recruiting
How to Recruit
Excuses Not to Volunteer
Core Values of Volunteering
Biblical Models of Volunteers
Job Descriptions for Volunteers
How to Screen Volunteers
Preventing Volunteer Burnout
How to Train Volunteers
Steps to Volunteer Growth
Measuring Progress
Mentoring
The Power of Mentoring
Mentoring in Threes
Mentoring Church Leaders
The Ten Commandments of Mentoring
Evaluating a Mentor
What I Learned from a Mentor
How to Affirm Others
Are You Ready for Mentoring?
Coaching
Coaching from the Sideline
Coaching a Little League Church
Best Coaching Practices
Making Disciples
Making Disciples Is Hard Work
Ways of Making Disciples
How Discipling Revived Our Church
Spiritual Formation and Discipleship
How to Disciple Broken Families
Measuring Growth
Are They Growing?
Gauging Your Growth
The Pastor's Life
Family Life
Building the Pastor's Marriage
Encouraging Stronger Marriages
Leading as a Family
Finding My Niche as a Pastor's Wife
Retreat Centers for Pastors' Marriages
How to Protect the Preacher's Kid
Personal Growth
Three Strengths of a Pastor
Journaling for Focus
Get Your Degree Online
Web Site Addresses for Continuing Education
Making Friends
Determining the Pastor's Priorities
Rest and Renewal
Making Time for God
Am I Too Tired for Ministry?
Staying Motivated
How Are You, Really?
Benefiting from Fatigue
Finding Joy in Christian Service
When Ministry Stinks
Finding Your Place of Ministry
God's Calling Plan
Helping Others Answer the Call
Knowing When It's Time to Leave
When Not to Leave
When You Don't Get the Call
How to Say a Graceful Good-bye
A Letter to My Successor
How to Prepare for Retirement
Money Matters
Negotiating a Better Salary
When Your Church Can't Pay You
Taxing the Pastor's Salary
A Parsonage or Your Own Home?
Designing Your Retirement
Is Social Security a Good Investment?
Preaching
The Call to Preach
The Three Roles of Preaching
What Gives Preaching Its Power
Speaking God's Words
Is Your Preaching Soul Deep?
The Pastor in Preaching
Being Real in Preaching
Preparing Sermons in the Spirit
Why It's Hard to Write Sermons
Preaching to Broken People
Leadership in Preaching
Watching People When You Preach
More about Preaching
Consider the Audience
Addressing Life Questions
How to Connect with Feelings
Building Rapport with Listeners
Conversations That Inform Preaching
Preaching through Distractions
How to Address Controversial Issues
How to Preach in the Pain of Controversy
Preaching on Sex
How to Preach Sensibly about Money
Applying the Word
Seeing Jesus in Context
Preaching That Changes Lives
Killer Applications
Multiplying Sermon Applications
Reaching Deeper Needs
How to Keep Your Listeners' Attention
Planning Ahead
How to Schedule Sermons
Saying More with Less
Redefining Unclear Words
Borrowing Sermon Material
How to Tell Stories in Your Preaching
Style and Delivery
Preaching at Street Level
Preaching with Boldness
Preaching with or without Notes
Should You Shock Them into Listening?
How to Connect Using Humor
Using Sermon Illustrations
Adapting Illustrations
Footnotes from the Pulpit
How to Use Your Experiences as Illustrations
What's in the Brown Paper Sack?
Using Technology
How Technology Helps Preaching
Online Sermon Helps
How to Improve PowerPoint Preaching
Groups for Growth
Planning Programs
How to Start a Ministry
Making the Most of What You Have
Remembering People in Program Planning
Clarifying What Is Important
Children's Programs
Making Ministry Count for Kids
Parent Satisfaction with Programs
Is a New Curriculum Needed?
Does Sunday School Need a Makeover?
Safeguarding the Children
Overcoming Objections to Safety Policy
Warning Signs of Abuse
How to Know Your Workers
Child Safety Resources
Youth Programs
Keeping Current with Youth
How to Keep a Youth Minister
The Benefits of Longevity
Working with Teens in a Small Church
How to Grow through Youth Fund-Raising
Prayer Groups
Start with Personal Prayer
Why We Hesitate to Pray
Making Prayer Our Central Work
A Day in Prayer
Power Praying with Pastors
How to Pray as a Church
Firing Up a Slow Prayer Life
Praying Your Church to Life
Respecting Privacy in Public Prayer
Planning Prayer in Worship
Gathering Kids to Pray
Guidelines for Group Prayer
Prayer Snares
Small Groups
Why Have Small Groups?
The Vision behind Small Groups
Will Small Groups Grow Your Church?
Finding Small-Group Leaders
Gearing Up for Small Groups
How to Get Men into Small Groups
Meeting by E-Mail
Getting Close in a Small Group
Singles
Understanding Singles
How to Attract Singles
Coping with Divorce
How to Integrate Singles into Families
More Resources on Intergenerational Programs
Special-Interest Groups
How to Start a Book Club
Befriending People with AIDS
Growing Manly Men
Pastoral Tools
Counseling
How to Offer Counseling Services
Nurturing People's Souls
Dangerous People to Counsel
How to Confront Couples Who Are Living Together
Caution for Counseling
Surviving a Couple's Breakup
Counseling Unwed Mothers
Special Visits
How to Make a Pastoral Hospital Visit
Why I Love Hospital Visitation
How to Visit People with Dementia
Comforting the Hurting
Helping the Grief-Stuck
Helping People Who Are Dying
Favorite Scriptures
Community Outreach
Becoming Outwardly Focused
Adopting Jesus' Immigrant Attitude
Being an Attractive Christian
Ushers on the Front Line
Finding Spiritual Momentum
How to Exude Warmth
Reaching the Next Generation
First-Time Impressions
Opening Up the Group
Opening Greetings
Rating Your Church
Assessing Your Community
Understanding the Outside World
Bringing Church to the Street
Who Is Your Target?
Connecting with Renters
Tapping Census Stats
How to Be a Good Neighbor
Refugees on Your Doorstep
Profiling a Community
Good News for Happy Unbelievers
Apartment Church
Meeting Community Needs
Helping People
Firing Up for a Shelter
How to Spread the Desire to Serve
AIDS Outreach in New York City
Lighthouse to the Community
Finding Lost People
Valuing People Who Are Lost
Reaching Kids
Confronting Myths
When Outreach Loses Its Sizzle
Sharing Faith with Post-Christians
Understanding What Postmoderns Value
Seeing the Invisible Caring Hands
Reaching Post-Christians
What Churches Do for Their Neighbors
Assimilating Newcomers
Getting People Involved
Connecting People
How to Coach Wounded People Back into Service
The Importance of Joining a Church
Missions
Setting the Vision for Missions
Leading with Short-Term Missions
Prepared Pilgrims
Should You Take the Kids on a Mission Trip?
Worship
The Heart of the Worship Leader
Leading the Worship of God
Learning the Art of Worship
Essentials of Worship
Finding the Grace Gates
John Wesley's Singing Rules
Laying the Groundwork
Working with the Worship Staff
When Worship Styles Clash
Interactive Worship for Postmoderns
Making Worship Guest Friendly
Worship Planning
Bringing Creativity to Worship
Keeping Worship Fresh
Web Sites for Worship Leaders
Five Phases of Worship
Unscripted Worship
How to Use the Visual Arts in Worship
Worship Leaders and Teams
Essentials in a Worship Leader
Strengthening Worship Teams
How to Build a Choir
How to Build a Drama Ministry
Technology
How to Launch a Media Ministry
How to Build a Multimedia Team
Worship Software
How to Produce Great Church Videos
How to Use Movie Clips in Your Sermon
More on Using Movie Clips
Copyright Law on Music and Movies
Special Services
Using Service Manuals
Special Services of the Christian Year
How to Bring Variety to the Lord's Table
Making Weddings Better
Mark These Passages
Celebrating Life's Transitions
More on Special Services
Permissions
Contributing Writers
Topical Index
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