Leading the Congregation Caring for Yourself While Serving the People

ISBN-10: 1426711395
ISBN-13: 9781426711398
Edition: 2010 (Revised)
Description: Leading the Congregation is a complete and definitive guide to the practice of church leadership.  The book describes essential paradigms for the leader that integrate spiritual integrity and service within a "systems" view of the congregation and  More...
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Copyright Year: 2010
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 10/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Leading the Congregation is a complete and definitive guide to the practice of church leadership.  The book describes essential paradigms for the leader that integrate spiritual integrity and service within a "systems" view of the congregation and its ministry.   This revised and updated version focuses on the challenges of congregational leadership in a culture that has fewer ties to Christian faith. The authors lay out the dual contexts in which church leaders must function'within the congregation, and as the congregation's representative to the community'and they explain the very different skill sets required to flourish in each. Underlying the revised edition is an insistence on the congregational leader's call from God, and cultivation of her or his relationship with God. Leadership is not the same thing as charisma, they explain; it is rather a set of attitudes and practices that each of us can and must master if we are to be worthy servants of Christ.

The Dangers of Leading
The Danger of Serving Sacrificially
The Danger of Preserving the Institution for Its Own Sake
The Danger of Leading Others through Change
Defining Leadership
Leading from Within
The Interior Attitudes of the Leader
A Desire to Serve
The Leader's Spirituality
The Relentless Demands of Ministry
Spirituality Supports Ministry
Spirituality Renews Vision and Restores Energy
The Spirituality of Jesus: A Model for All Religious Leaders
The Three Elements of Jesus' Spirituality
Spirituality for Religious Leadership and Ministry
A Spirituality of Action and Contemplation
A Covenantal, Communal Spirituality
A Holistic Lifestyle of Spirituality
The Examen of Consciousness
The Means of Grace
The Leader's Call
Freedom to Respond to God's Call
The Call to Leadership
The Testing of the Call
The Resistance and Acceptance of the Call
The Madness of the Call
The Leader's Vision and Ensuing Mission
The Three Dimensions of Vision
An "Upward" View toward God
An "Inward" View of Oneself
An Outward View of the Circumstances
Mission: Turning Visions into Reality
The Interplay of Light and Shadow
Testing the Spirits
What Spirit Does the Leader Project upon the Congregation?
Five Shadows of Leadership
Expressions of Neurotic Leadership
The Dramatic Organization
The Suspicious Organization
The Detached Organization
The Depressive Organization
The Compulsive Organization
Deep Change
Discerning Priorities, Making Choices
Discerning Priorities in Role Demands
The Logic of Task Pursuit
Connect Your Charisms with What the Congregation Needs Most to Fulfill Its Mission
The Golden and Silver Threads
Become Clear about Bedrock Priorities
Communicate Your Priorities
Manage Time in Light of Your Priorities
Priorities of Urgency and Importance
Utilize the Influence of Your Own Example
Leading with Others
Team Ethos
What is Our Shared Purpose?
Who is on the Team?
What are the Team's Guiding Principles?
Team Formation
What Makes a Team?
Team Maturity: Stages of Formation
Orientation to Team Purpose and Culture
Conflict with the Leader and among Team Members
Team Solidarity
Individuality, Interdependence, and Team Effectiveness
Teams Working through Conflict
Constructive and Destructive Conflict
Conflict's Social Construction of Reality
Conflict Defined
Dimensions of Conflict
Conflict Threats
Reactions to Threats
Levels and Goals of Conflict
The Conflict Cycle
Stage One: Tension Development
Stage Two: Role Dilemma
Stage Three: Injustice Collecting
Stage Four: Confronttation
Stage Five: Adjustments
Nonproductive Competition versus Productive Cooperation
Power, Rights, and Interests
Conflict Intervention
Develop a Relational Base
Filter the Assumptions, Rumors, and Charges
Establish Joint Collaboration for Problem Solving and Decision Making
Form Covenants to the Agreements Reached
Bringing Peace into the Room
The Team's Emotional Processes
Family Systems
The Team's Emotional Processes
Attributes of Emotional Gridlock
Characteristics of Chronically Anxious Families
Emotional Reactivity
The Herding Instinct
Blame Displacement
The Quick-fix Mentality
Poorly Defined Leadership or Failure of Nerve
Self-differentiated Leaders
The Leadership Team: Pastors and Boards
The Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees
The Guardian of the Institutional Mission
Create a Continual Climate of Trust
Empower Leadership and Ministry Teams
Formulate Guiding Principles That Begin with Broad Values and Move toward More Specific Policies
The Chairperson of the Board
Primus Inter Pares-First among Equals
Common Problems Confronting the Board
When Members Are Underutilized
When Members Are Incompetent or Immature
When Trust is Replaced by Compliance or Control
Ambiguity and Governance
The Issue of Trust: Power and Authority
The Ambiguity of Specialization versus Generalization
The Ambiguity of Belief versus Criticism
A Spirituality of Church Boards
Leading Toward Transformation
The Spirituality of the Congregation
The Western Model versus the Scriptural Model of Spirituality
Espoused Spirituality versus Lived Spirituality
The Leader's Experience and Example
The Pastor as Spiritual Companion
The Pastor as Knower of the Seasons
The Prerequisites for Spiritual Formation
The Balance between Solitude and Community
The Means of Grace
A Clear and Compelling Mission
Mission Is Contextual
The Local Church Mission and Its Environment
A Creative Tension between Mission and the Environment
The Apostolic Church: A Frontier Mission within a Hostile Environment
The Church in Christendom: Ministering within a Friendly Environment Whose Mission Is a "Far Off" Enterprise
A Current Challenge for Local Congregations
Discerning the Congregation's Mission
The Timeless and Timely Aspects of Mission
Three Questions of Missional Clarity
Who Are We?
What Is Our Business (To What Purpose Has God Called Us)?
How Do We Decide on the Right Mission Priorities and Get Them Done?
Planned Abandonment
The Vision We Share
The Difference between Vision and Mission
Three Ways of Imagining the Future
The "Wishing" Congregation
The "Dreaming" Congregation
The "Visionary" Congregation
Alignment through Shared Vision, Mission, and Core Values
How Vision May Come to a Congregation
A Spiritual Encounter
A Divine Impulse or Blessed Hunch
Seeing through a Need
Bringing Together the Hopes and Dreams of the Members
Practicing Foresight
Shared Visioning Is a Process
Spirituality is a Prerequisite for Vision
Encourage the Call in Individuals and Find Common Ground in a Shared Vision
Communicating the Vision
Empowering People to Enact the Vision
Vision Is Nurtured in a Climate of Trust and Communication
Why Visions Do Not Succeed
Transformational Change
Orientation, Disorientation, and New Orientation
The Nature of Change
Patterns of Growth and Decline
Coexisting Curves
Environmental Change: Threats or Opportunities
Types of Change
Denial and Resistance
Developmental, Transitional, and Transformational Change
Transformational Change
Wake-up Calls
Death-Mindset Forced to Shift
Re-emergence through Visioning and Learning
Proactive Leaders in Transformational Change
The Leader's Conscious and Unconscious Awareness
Change Strategies
Proactive Disciplines of Change
Epilogue: On Finishing Well
Author Index
Subject Index

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