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Friday
Nov092012

Ward, Personality Style at Work

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Kate Ward, Personality Style at Work: The Secret to Working with (Almost) Anyone. McGraw-Hill, 2012.

Referenced in: Strengths-based Leadership

LifeandLeadership.com Summary

This is an excellent description of four personality styles similar to what is found in the DISC Profile, and how each is expressed in a work context. Ward traces the origin of personality types to the Greek physician Hippocrates, who wrote around 400 BC. He devised four personality categories:

  • Choleric - bold and ambitious due to a higher concentration of yellow bile (“D” or “Dominant” in DISC)
  • Sanguine: optimistic, impulsive, pleasure-seeking due to higher blood flow (“I” or “Inspiring” in DISC)
  • Phlegmatic - calm, quiet, kind due to an abundance of phlegm (“S” or “Steady” in DISC)
  • Melancholic - independent, introspective perfectionists due to high levels of black bile (“C” or “Conscientious” in DISC)

She says, “While Hippocrates’ science and labels were incorrect, he was right about the four basic temperaments found in human nature, and so this theory has endured for 2,400 years.” Much later, in 1926, William Moulton Marston refined and described these personality types according to the DISC styles. Here, Ward uses a similar profile, the HRDQ, which distributes the four types along two dimensions: assertiveness and expressiveness. Each is described in the publisher’s summary below.

Ward does a good job describing the styles, and gives readers tell-tale signs to recognize styles in oneself and others, deal with conflicts among the styles, and communicate, manage, and lead based on different styles. She also offers good insight on working with teams, and getting along with superiors using personality styles.

There are three strengths to this volume. First, Ward is especially good and showing how people lead according to style: Direct leaders give orders; Spirited leaders inspire; Considerate leaders support; and Systematic leaders push everyone to higher standards. Second, she shows how each type may be taken to an extreme. Directs may jump to conclusions and alienate followers, Spirited leaders often act without adequate information, Considerates may be indecisive, and Systematics often lose themselves in the details. Third, she demonstrates how each personality type may shift styles or “flex” to relate more effectively with other personalities.

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Publisher’s Description

The most important business skill isn’t a skill at all. It’s your personality. And only when you develop a keen understanding of your personality style—and the styles of the people you deal with—will you reach your full potential as a business professional.

Personality Style at Work reveals the proven personality style model used by HRDQ, a trusted developer of training materials—giving you one of today’s most valuable tools for leading others, contributing to teams, effectively communicating with coworkers, and making better decisions.

This groundbreaking guide helps you achieve positive results in virtually any workplace situation. Whether you’re a high-level manager, a salesperson, a customer service professional, or an entry-level employee, you’ll learn why others behave as they do in specific situations and how to use that knowledge to turn every interpersonal encounter into a win-win scenario.

The HRDQ model has been administered to more than one million people—and it has generated remarkable results. It is based on four principal personality styles:

  • Direct: High assertiveness, low expressiveness
  • Spirited: High assertiveness, high expressiveness
  • Considerate: Low assertiveness, high expressiveness
  • Systematic: Low assertiveness, low expressiveness

Which one describes you? Knowing the answer is the first step to achieving consistently positive and productive personal interactions—which is why Personality Style at Work includes an assessment that you can take to identify your style.

Armed with this valuable self-assessment, you can adapt your behavior to create more practical, harmonious working relationships. Personality Style at Work opens the door to a whole new way of interacting with others in a way that benefits you, your coworkers, your customers, and your entire organization.

About the Author

Kate Ward has more than 20 years of experience in training development. She has authored dozens of programs, first for CareerTrack and then for TreeLine Training as Senior Instructional Designer. Ward runs her own company, which offers innovative training solutions for today’s business needs. She lives in Louisville, CO, with her husband and two sons.


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Friday
Nov092012

Cloud and Townsend, How People Grow, Bible On Personal Growth

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Henry Cloud and John Townsend, How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals About Personal Growth. Zondervan, 2004.

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LifeandLeadership.com Summary

Cloud and Townsend are best known for their best-selling Boundaries series. This book forms the theological basis for that series. Here, the authors distinguish between four popular ways of thinking about personal growth:

  1. The sin model - All problems are a result of one’s sin, and one must confess, repent, and sin no more.
  2. The truth model - Problems result from a lack of “truth,” and one must Scripture and doctrine to be “set free.”
  3. The experiential model - Problems result from unresolved pain, and one must do spiritual archaeology to “dig up” and heal the pain.
  4. The supernatural model - Problems are solved by direct action from the Holy Spirit, or through opening oneself up to Christ reproducing his life in us.

Each of these has value. But as the authors point out, none of these really cures problems. They may help people cope better, but still do not bring the kind of transformation people desire and seek. This can and does lead many to disillusionment.

Through their experience and research regarding people who have actually grown, i.e. depressed people becoming undepressed, people with eating disorders getting over them altogether, they gained insight into three questions:

  1. What helps people grow?
  2. How do these processes fit into our orthodox understanding of spiritual growth and theology?
  3. What are the responsibilities of the one helping others grow (pastor, counselor, group leader) and what are the responsibilities of the one growing?

The architecture they used for their exploration was the classic theological doctrines, disciplines and themes (e.g. Bible, God, Christ, Holy Spirit, truth, grace, sin, church, confession, discipline, suffering), with a special focus on how each doctrine applies to personal growth.

This is an excellent book, reaching far beyond pop psychology and simplistic spirituality, into a substantive and comprehensive guide to how people grow.

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Publisher’s Description

All growth is spiritual growth. Authors Drs. Cloud and Townsend unlock age-old keys to growth from Scripture to help people resolve issues of relationships, maturity, emotional problems, and overall spiritual growth. They shatter popular misconceptions about how God operates and show that growth is not about self-actualization, but about God’s sanctification. In this theological foundation to their best-selling book Boundaries, they discuss:

  • What the essential processes are that make people grow
  • How those processes fit into a biblical understanding of spiritual growth and theology
  • How spiritual growth and real-life issues are one and the same
  • What the responsibilities are of pastors, counselors, and others who assist people in growing—-and what your own responsibilities are in your personal growth

About the Author

Dr. Cloud is a leadership consultant, best-selling author, and speaker whose books have sold well over 5 million copies. He consults and speaks for companies and organizations in the area of leadership and performance, and is highly regarded for his ability to connect personal and interpersonal development with the needs of business.

He is a clinical psychologist and leadership consultant with a unique ability to connect with audiences. Drawing upon his broad range of experiences in private practice, leadership consulting, and media, he simplifies life’s issues and gives easy to understand, practical advice. It’s Dr. Cloud’s humor, compassion and “in the moment” confrontation that make his approach to psychology, business and spirituality such a success.

Dr. Cloud has written, or co-written, more than twenty books, including the two-million-seller Boundaries and his most recent books, Necessary Endings, Integrity, The One Life Solution, The Law of Happiness and 9 Things You Simply Must Do. His books have sold over five million copies. His works have been reviewed and featured by such publications as The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times and many others. Dr. Cloud co-hosts the nationally syndicated radio program New Life Live, which is heard in over 180 markets.

As a speaker, he is a favorite at corporate events, conventions, and public arena events on a variety of topics, speaking regularly through the U.S. and internationally.

In his consulting practice, he works with leaders in a wide range of organizations and corporations, from family help firms to Fortune 25 and Fortune 500 companies. He has an extensive executive coaching background and experience as an organizational and leadership consultant, spending the majority of his hands-on time with CEOs and executive teams. Dr. Cloud founded and built a health care company which operated treatment centers in forty markets in the Western U.S. for which he served as Clinical Director for ten years. In that context of hands-on clinical experience, he developed and researched many of the treatment principles and methods that he communicates to audiences now. After selling the company, he devoted his time to consulting and coaching, spreading principles of hope and life-change through speaking, writing and media.

He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, earning a B.S. in psychology with honors. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Biola University, and his clinical internship at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. His philanthropic interests lie in the area of homelessness and the inner city, as well as missions in the developing world. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tori, and their two daughters, Olivia and Lucy.


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Friday
Nov022012

Barton, Pursuing God's Will Together

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Ruth Haley Barton, Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups (Transforming Center Set). IVP Books, 2012.

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LifeandLeadership.com Summary

In the introduction, Barton provides some important definitions. First, she says of discernment,

Discernment literally means to separate, to discriminate, to determine, to decide or to distinguish between two things. Spiritual discernment is the ability to distinguish or discriminate between good (that which is of God and draws and closer to God) and evil (that which is not of God and draws us away from God). (10)

Second, of leadership:

There are many qualities that contribute to good leadership, but it is our commitment to discerning and doing the will of God through the help of the Holy Spirit that distinguishes spiritual leadership from other kinds of leadership. (10)

Third, of corporate leadership discernment:

Corporate or leadership discernment is the capacity to recognize and respond to the presence and activity of God as a leadership group relative to the issues we are facing, and to make decision in response to that Presence. Spiritual leaders are distinguished by their commitment to discern important matters together so they can affirm a shared sense of God’s desire for them adn move forward on that basis. (11)

Then she adds:

It is hard to imagine that spiritual leadership could be about anything but seeking to know and do the will of God, and yet many leadership groups do nto have this as their clear mandate and reason for existence. (11)

To help with this, Barton designed this book to be a “one-stop-shop for leadership groups who wish to become a community for discernment.” (13) She divides the book into two main sections, though section one comprises two-thirds of the book. Section One is on Preparation, because she believes “preparation is more important than the process.” She says,

“If leaders and communities of leaders are prepared at the levels put forth in this book, discernment will happen even without a process. Conversely, if leaders are not prepared on the levels described here, there is a good chance discernment won’t happen even when they engage the process; there are too many human dynamics that will get in the way.” (14)

The chapters break down this way:

  • Chapters 1-3 focus on the spiritual preparation of each individual leader, addressing the inner obstacles to spiritual discernment, helping leaders to commit to discernment as the group norm.
  • Chapters 4-8 address the preparation of the leadership group as a community for discernment.
  • Chapters 9-12 describe the process of leadership discernment, giving groups a chance to begin exploring it together.

One helpful piece is in chapter 3, where she says, “five foundational beliefs are the building blocks of a sound discernment practice.”

  1. Spiritual discernment, by definition, is a process that takes place in and through the Trinity. It is the Spirit that interprets the deep things of God to us. (1 Cor. 12:12) Corporate discernment presupposes commitment to Christ, who leads the church at its Head, and the real presence of the Holy Spirit to guide and lead us into all truth. (53-54)
  2. The impulse to discern - to want to respond to Christ in this fashion - is in itself a “good spirit” that needs to be cultivated. A desire to move beyond intellectual prowess and self-effort is evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work. (54)
  3. Deep belief in the goodness of God moves us to trust him with the things that that are most important to us. This goes beyond believing in God’s goodness as a general attribute, but very specifically believing that God’s will is the best thing that can happen to us under any circumstances. (54-55)
  4. Love is our ultimate calling - love for God, love of self, love for others and love for the world (cf. Matthew 22:37-40; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 John 4:7-12). She says, “this is easily lost in the press of church and organizational life.” She calls for leaders to ask what love might be calling them to do in their situations. The Holy Spirit can help us discern what love requires. (55-56)
  5. We are committed to doing the will of God that is revealed to us. She quotes Chuck Olsen and Danny Morris that “the question of willingness must be answered before the process of discernment begins: Are we willing to do God’s will before we even know it?” (See Discerning God’s Will Together) (56)

This text is written in a thoughtful, hopeful, pastoral tone, and helps leaders desire, envision, and practice the kind of oneness with God’s mission that spiritual discernement affords. Each chapter ends with a series of reflections and exercises for groups to do together.

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Publisher’s Description

Meetings can sap our energy, rupture community and thoroughly demoralize us. They can go on forever with no resolution. Or they can rush along without consensus just to “get through the agenda.” What if there was another way?

Church boards and other Christian leadership teams have long relied on models adapted from the business world. Ruth Haley Barton, president of the Transforming Center, helps teams transition to a much more suitable model—the spiritual community that discerns God’s will together.

In these pages you will discover personal and group practices that will lead you into a new way of experiencing community and listening to God together.

About the Author

Ruth Haley Barton (Doctor of Divinity, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary) is founder of the Transforming Center, a ministry dedicated to strengthening the souls of pastors, Christian leaders and the congregations and organizations they serve. [www.thetransformingcenter.org] A sought-after teacher, retreat leader and trained spiritual director, Ruth is the author of numerous books and articles on the spiritual life.

Educated at Northern Seminary, the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and Loyola University Chicago Institute for Pastoral Studies, she has served on the pastoral staff of several churches including Willow Creek Community Church and is Professor of Spiritual Transformation at Northern Seminary.


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Friday
Nov022012

Piper, Finish the Mission, Gospel to Unreached and Unengaged

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John Piper and David Mathis, Finish the Mission: Bringing the Gospel to the Unreached and Unengaged. Crossway, 2012.

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LifeandLeadership.com Summary

This is the published version of sessions from the 2011 Desiring God National Conference. It is a strong evangelical affirmation of the Great Commission from Matthew 28:18-20, calling people to bold, global, missional engagement, regardless of the cost. As a collection of keynote manuscripts, it is less technical/academic than other missional theologies, but strikes at all the major themes. Presenters include Louie Giglio, Ed Stetzer, and John Piper.

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Publisher’s Description

This is no ordinary missions book. The theme isn’t new, but the approach is refreshing and compelling, as contributors David Platt, Louie Giglio, Michael Ramsden, Ed Stetzer, Michael Oh, David Mathis, and John Piper take up the mantle of the Great Commission and its Spirit-powered completion.

From astronomy to exegesis, from apologetics to the Global South, from being missional at home to employing our resources in the global cause, Finish the Mission aims to breathe fresh missionary fire into a new generation, as together we seek to reach the unreached and engage the unengaged.

About the Author

John Piper is the Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, where he first sensed God’s call to enter the ministry. He went on to earn degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.) and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 30 books, including Sex and the Supremacy of Christ, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, What Jesus Demands from the World, and Don’t Waste Your Life.

David was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and graduated from Furman University in nearby Greenville. He came to the Twin Cities to work with the collegiate ministry Campus Outreach Minneapolis and to study at The Bethlehem Institute (now Bethlehem Seminary).

Since 2006, David has served author and pastor John Piper, first as Executive Pastoral Assistant to Piper and currently as Executive Editor for Piper and www.desiringGod.org. His blog posts are available at www.desiringGod.org/mathis.

He is married to Megan, and they have twin boys, Carson and Coleman.


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Friday
Nov022012

Townsend, Leadership Beyond Reason

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John Townsend, Leadership Beyond Reason: How Great Leaders Succeed by Harnessing the Power of Their Values, Feelings, and Intuition. Thomas Nelson, 2009.

Referenced in: Intuitive Leadership

LifeandLeadership.com Summary

Townsend’s premise is that great leaders succeed by harnessing the power of both the external world and the internal world. It does not argue for EITHER the external (rationality, skills, etc.) OR the internal (values, thoughts, emotions, intuition), but for BOTH. In fact there’s a whole chapter on the thinking process, and how to enhance thinking with the feeling/intuitive dimensions. The emphasis of the text, however, is the internal, that which is “beyond” reason. Leadership should not be irrational, but it is often beyond rational. The book affirms things most leaders know but don’t often articulate, e.g a gut decision that is incongruent with all the data may be the right thing to do, and ignoring your gut may be a mistake. We all use our inner selves to lead, but this book addresses why it is important and how to do it. It teaches readers how to “access what’s going on inside you, regularly and on demand, so that you can tap into that source.” (xix) Towsend reads well alongside literature on Emotional Systems and Emotional Intelligence.

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Publisher’s Description

A human behavior expert reveals that what leaders know about themselves is more important than their leadership skills and job knowledge.

Who we are on the inside can determine leadership success more than what we do or what we know. In Leadership Beyond Reason, Dr. Townsend explores the critical role of the leader’s internal world, the world of passion, emotions, intuition, creativity, values, self-awareness, conscience, and spiritual life. Unveiling links between personal and organizational success or failure and the contents of a leader’s “heart,” the author shows that leaders excel not just through skill and smarts but by connecting with others using competencies, like curiosity, attention, reality assessment, distortion detecting, relationship building, ownership, and living with ambiguity. This is the leadership book only a world-respected psychologist could have written, and it is revolutionary in its insight.

About the Author

Dr. John Townsend is a psychologist, popular speaker, and the best-selling author and co-author of numerous books, including the Gold Medallion Award-winning Boundaries and God Will Make a Way. He is co-host of the nationally syndicated New Life Live! daily radio programme. He holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology at Biola University.


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Friday
Nov022012

McIntosh, There's Hope for your Church

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Gary L. McIntosh, There’s Hope for Your Church: First Steps to Restoring Health and Growth. Baker Books, 2012.

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LifeandLeadership.com Summary

This is a distillation of McIntosh’s four decades of consultations with over 1,000 churches and his experience as a professor of ministry. He presents a step-by-step approach to church revitalization, though he acknowledges it is never this clean and easy. He writes with the hope that leaders of all orientations - church growth, spiritual formation, missional - will see value in his process. It is a great collection of practical wisdom that leaders of all stripes could benefit from.

1. See the Potential

2. Commit to Lead - Distinction between revitalization pastor and revitalization leader. Emphasis is on leader of a D or I style on the DISC Profile who is willing to engage at least a seven year process through five levels of leadership.

3. Assess the Situation - Eight signs of trouble that may signal a need for revitalization in your church

4. Learn the Principles - Universal revitalization principles that work in all churches

5. Discern God’s Vision - Defines vision as the intersection of the pastor’s leadership passion, the passion and gifts of the congregation, and the community needs.

6. Build a Coalition - A team of commited influencers who help the leader conceive, plan, and execute the change, and whose “early adopter” status helps disseminate the change throughout the congregation.

7. Lift the Morale - Instill hope so that people see their best days ahead

8. Make Hard Decisions - Become and remain decisive about what is necessary for the church to move to the next level.

9. Refocus the Ministry - Focus inward rather than outward

10. Equip for Change - Discusses change dynamics generally, with some insights into church identity, congregational history, and generational issues.

11. Deal With Resistance - Explains resistance as coming from those who lose their sense of identity, control, meaning, belonging, and future. See Bridges Managing Transitions for expansion on this.

12. Stay the Course - Keeping with the vision and plan, while remaining open to feedback, brings better results than anxious reversals.

13. Breaking Through - Experience the victories and fresh new opportunties revitalization brings.

One very interesting section is the Appendix, Rebirthing A Church. This is different than church planting. In a sense, it is a church re-planting. He describes the most common approach to rebirthing:

  1. An established ministry recognizes its ministry is not working.
  2. A small core of people envision a new future for the church
  3. Through a series of events and meetings, the church agrees to close its public ministry and release current members to join other churches of to commit to becoming part of a new direction for the church.
  4. Appropriate legal changes are made, such as a new church name.
  5. Following a six- to twelve month cocooning, during which prayer and plans for a new church take place, the church rebirths itself and opens as a new church.

McIntosh mentions that this works best under certain conditions, e.g the church is small, ineffective, and has a core group with a vision for a new style of ministry.

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Publisher’s Description

A startling 85% of churches in the US are plateaued or declining, a trend that has been building for the past fifty years. In the face of shrinking attendance and lagging spiritual growth, pastors and church leaders are understandably discouraged and demoralized. But the first step to turning things around is hope. Church health expert Gary McIntosh offers this hope by showing church leaders the first things they need to do to make a new start for their church.

God can and does restore churches to new life, even as he restores individuals. The street-smart ideas and step-by-step instructions found in this book are ones that pastors and church leaders can put to use immediately in their churches to bring about solid growth and renewed hope for the future.

About the Author

Gary L. McIntosh is president of the Church Growth Network and professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology. He leads seminars and has written eighteen books, including Biblical Church Growth, Beyond the First Visit, and Taking Your Church to the Next Level.


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Tuesday
Oct232012

Woolever and Bruce, Leadership That Fits Your Church

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Cynthia Woolever and Deborah Bruce, Leadership That Fits Your Church: What Kind of Pastor for What Kind of Congregation. Chalice Press, 2012.

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LifeandLeadership.com Summary

As I have said before, anything in The Columbia Partnership (TCP) Leadership Series is worth reading. This text is no different. It shares part of the results of the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, in which 500,000 worshipers in about 5,000 congregations across America have participated. This piece of the research discusses findings on 692 leader surveys where leaders and churches reflected on their relationship and how it affects congregational life. It is probably the largest, most definitive study ever conducted on what ministers and churches do to work together effectively. Although conducted among mainline Protestant, convervative Protestant, and Catholic churches, most of the leader-church dynamics it discusses are characteristic of all worshipping communities.

Admittedly, the book reads like “research,” and at times seems redundant. On the other hand, it is worth a careful read to extract the greatest learnings and implications for one’s environment. As stated in the introduction, it helps in the following ways:

1. It helps ministers and other leadership staff to assess their strengths for ministry and understand the church contexts where those talents might best fit.

2. It helps churches understand what kind of minister might best fit the congregation.

3. It helps leaders and members know more about what ministers experience, allowing better ministerial support, and greater collaboration with the minister to enhance congregational effectiveness.

4. It helps professionals who help congregations develop an eye for leadership that is the “best fit” for a specific congregational context.

Below is a breakdown of topics:

  • What kind of pastor for what kind of church?
  • What gives a pastor satisfaction in ministry?
  • What supports a pastor’s well-being?
  • What difference do satisfaction and well-being make?
  • What part do pastors play in growing congregations?
  • What leadership approaches do pastors use?
  • What makes for the best pastor-congregation match?
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Publisher’s Description

Matching the right pastor with the right congregation is one of the most important — and daunting — decisions either party can make. While there are many pastors and congregations that merely fit OK, there are other matches that fit perfectly.

Leadership that Fits Your Church explores how to find what really works for pastors and congregations. Cynthia Woolever and Deborah Bruce, known for their work with congregational life research, lead you on an enlightening adventure in finding that perfect match. Follow the pastoral transition experiences of three churches: a mainline, Protestant congregation; a conservative church; and a Catholic parish. Each example starts with basic descriptions of pastors and church types, then digs into illustrations of deeper dynamics that yield a good match between congregation and pastoral leadership.

About the Authors

CYNTHIA WOOLEVER is research director of the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, coeditor of The Parish Paper with Herb Miller and Lyle Schaller, and formerly a professor of sociology of religious organizations at the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, Hartford Seminary. As a sociologist and consultant, she has focused on applied organizational research, working with congregations, judicatories, and seminaries throughout her twenty-five–year career.

DEBORAH BRUCE (1955-2012) was associate research manager in the research services office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and project manager of the U.S. Congregational Life Survey. She worked in a variety of applied research settings before coming to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She served as an officer for the Religious Research Association and was a member of that organization and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.


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Oct232012

McClintock, Shame-Less Lives, Grace-Full Congregations

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Karen A. McClintock, Shame-Less Lives, Grace-Full Congregations. The Alban Institute, 2011.

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I’ve read a lot of books on shame, both to help myself and others. Most are written from the perspective of helping individuals address the shame-based stories they live out from the script implanted during their early socialization. These are good. This text does some of the same, but its special contribution is addressing congregations and their leaders. The author writes out of a strong conviction:

“I believe congregations are in decline because they have become shame-bound. Shame is so debilitating that many of our congregations are now critically ill. Shame blocks our ability to evangelize effectively, embrace diversity, and heal individual members. Pervasive shame limits congregational healing after experiences of ineffective and abusive leadership.”

Congregations and their leaders are especially vulnerable. She says:

“Clergy and leaders in congregations are often the most shame-bound people I have encountered. People with a good deal of inner pain and a deep sense of unworthiness frequently find their way to faith communities. Many of those enter congregational leadership in an unconscious search for personal and relational healing. A congregation can seem like a safe place in which to hide feelings of shame. But hiding isn’t healing, and hidden shame is dangerously correlated with secrets that harm congregations.”

Members of churches often perpetuate shame as well: “People with shame find shame-based congregations, because they are accustomed to being preached to, having fingers pointed in their direction, and the judgment of not measuring up.”

With skill, wit, and sensitivity, she suggests ways for congregations to address shame.

“You are hereby invited to become a shame­less leader in order to assist others in your congregational system to find a life of grace. You can heal the shame you have likely been carrying around for far too long. This shame may be rooted in childhood when you experienced parental disapproval or abuse. It may have come into your life as a result of sexual experimentation in your teens or young adulthood. It may have followed a marriage that ended or a relationship in which you carried secrets. It may be that you have taken responsibility for someone else’s shame and made it your own.”

The faith community you participate in needs your help in creating a place of joy and grace. To do this, you must learn to recognize and heal the shame of your own upbringing, to recognize shame in the behavior of other leaders and clergy around you, to reduce shame-reinforcing theology, and to provide alternative messages of hope and healing.”

Ten well-written chapters address the subject:

  1. Where Shame Begins
  2. Yours, Mine, and Ours: Overlapping Dynamics of Shame
  3. We’re All Different: Creating Shame-less Congregational Cultures
  4. The Shame-Blame Game: Recognizing Shame’s Opposite
  5. Comparison Shame: Closing the Gaps with Acceptance and Respect
  6. Perfection Shame: Quieting Our Inner Critic
  7. Chronic Illness Shame: Community Is the Cure
  8. Naked and Ashamed: Reducing Individual Sexual Shame
  9. Sexual Shame in Congregations: Old Habits and New Opportunities
  10. Grace Yourself: Practical Ways to Overcome Shame
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Publisher’s Description

In Shame-Less Lives, Grace-Full Congregations, author Karen McClintock invites readers to become shame-less, so they can assist others in a congregational system to find a life of joy and grace.

McClintock explores shame as a theological and psychological emotion, defining it as “a feeling of unworthiness in the sight of God or significant others.” While guilt says, “I made a mistake,” shame says,“I am a mistake,” she explains.

With skilled storytelling and gentle humor, McClintock takes readers on a journey in which we learn to recognize the many forms shame takes and explore and heal the shame of our own upbringing, particularly the shame-laden messages within our own religious teachings and practices. She illustrates the ways shame-laden leaders interact with congregations and ways congregational shame influences clergy and laity within the system. She shows us how to recognize shame in the behavior of other leaders and clergy around us, to reduce shame-reinforcing theology, and to provide alternative messages of hope and healing. She also guides us in liberating others from their shame, be they friends, colleagues, or people in a congregation where we worship and serve.

McClintock advises readers that eradicating shame may take a few weeks, months, years, or a lifetime. This book is not written so that we can be free of all shame. It is written so we can become shame-less by acknowledging old patterns and consciously changing them, because shame-less leaders create shame-less congregations.

About the Author

Karen A. McClintock is a clergy consultant and psychologist specializing in shame recovery. She is a national lecturer and workshop leader on sexuality issues in the church and teaches in the psychology department at Southern Oregon University. Her previous books include Preventing Sexual Abuse in Congregations, and Sexual Shame: An Urgent Call to Healing. She co-authored Healthy Disclosure along with Dr. Kibbie Ruth. More information is available at: healthycongregation.com


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Oct232012

Morris and Olsen, Discerning God's Will Together

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Danny E. Morris and Charles M. Olsen, Discerning God’s Will Together: A Spiritual Practice for the Church. Revised and Updated. Alban Institute, 2012.

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This is a revision of the 1995 work, Transforming Church Boards Into Communities of Spiritual Leaders. The spirit of the original volume is maintained, but several of its unique pieces deserve mention here.

First is Four Practices of Worshipful-Work, now called Discernment-Work.

1. History giving and story telling - Each congregation has a “thick history” and present reality of stories of God’s leading, provision, and grace, and boards need to rehearse these stories. They establish a kind of “sacred space” from which boards engage their responsibilities. Sharing stories helps to clarify and generate vision and enables discernment. Some stories should emerge “from the edge” to challenge complacency or misunderstanding.

2. Biblical-theological reflection - Olsen calls this “distilling wisdom” by understanding and employing biblical, theological and church traditions or values in order to inform current ministry.

3. Prayerful discernment - This is to perceive what God has already decided and have the courage to pursue it. The spiritual ethos of a church board requires a process that integrates elements of rationale decision-making, with the prayer-filled activity of biblically-informed reflection. It requires the church board to relinquish personal and corporate ego and be willing to take hold of the direction God is giving. This involves being selective in the number of issues to be discerned, beginning with corporate and private self-surrender (indifference such that each person only desires God’s direction), gathering information from many sources, including scripture, agree on what the corporate prayer is in relation to the matter, and seeking consensus by clarifying what is good about each option until board members perceive what is “the weightier good.” He describes five stages in the discernment process: rational stage (data gathering); communication stage (enabling all to understand); guiding principle stage (what is the issue); analytical stage (focus on options that only relate to the guiding principle); intuitive stage (coming to consensus). (95-96)

4. Futuristic visioning - Olsen insists “vision is connected to history and stories” (biblical and otherwise), “vision is connected to biblical-theological reflection” (a prophetic sense of what God is about), and “vision is connected to discernment” (discernment sees things as they are in the present; vision has eyes for the future). (104-106) He says it is critical that vision is only implemented when it “is worn or embodied by the vision holder.” (107)

One of the most enduring features of the first edition was Olsen’s “Ways to Pray in a Board Meeting,” which is excerpted in an article on the Alban Institute website, and adapted here:

Frame the agenda with prayer - Focus on the image of God and openness to the Spirit’s leading.

Glean for Prayer - Assign individuals to identify items throughout the meeting as the subject of prayer in four areas: thanksgiving, intercession, petitions and praise.

Offer Prayers of Confession - Confession includes weariness, frustration, confusion, elation, boredom and fulfillment as well as sins and errors. Naming “how things really are” and “what is left undone” is healthy for leaders, but be certain there is a safe place to work through the issues.

Sing Prayers - Assign each member to bring one verse of a hymn that captures the most appropriate prayer for the congregation at this time. Sing the hymns throughout the meeting.

“Time Out” for Prayer - After 20 minutes of divisive discussion, the egos take over. Take three to five minutes of silence for personal refocusing and prayer. Ask members to consider how they may be closing themselves off from information, what image of God is needed then, and how they can be present and act as servant leaders.

Rotate Prayer - Assign each person a 15-minute segment of the meeting during which they should pray silently for each person present and for the group’s work.

Draw upon Model Prayers in Scripture - Use the Psalms, the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus’ prayer for his friends in John 17, Paul’s prayer of thanksgiving (Philippians 1:3-11) or his prayer for the church (Ephesians 3:14-21) or Jesus’ invitation to agree on what to pray for (Matthew 18:19-20).

Acknowledge Subliminal Prayer - Prayer may be ceaseless and just below the conscious level, even during active work or deliberation.

Remember: Meetings Are Worship - Resistance to infusing meetings with prayer comes from the idea that worship belongs in the sanctuary and prayer belongs to worship. An inspirational moment in a meeting does wonders in loosening the strings of resistance.

It also offered Ten Spiritual Discernment Movements intended to provide a better way to make decisions and do church business.

  1. Framing the question to which we seek God’s answer.
  2. Grounding the search by listing the key values or principles which will guide our search.
  3. Rooting the search in the Biblical story.
  4. Shedding our personal desires and prejudices toward or against a particular outcome.
  5. Listening to the voices of all those who may be affected.
  6. Exploring all the available possibilities.
  7. Improving three possibilities that seem to have the most merit.
  8. Weighing those after they have been improved.
  9. Closing on the option that seems to be the one toward which God is pointing us.
  10. Resting with that choice to see whether it brings feelings of consolation or desolation.

The first edition is credited with introducing discernment among mainline Protestant denominations, even in establishing a new vocabulary with words like indifference, self-death, listening hearts, exploring, improving, weighing, resting, consolation, desolation, etc.

This revised edition integrates Olsen’s background in Roman Catholic Ignatian and Benedictine practices and Morris’s experience with Quakers, but through the filters of their own Presbyterian and Methodist traditions. Since the first volume, the authors have had experience both practiting and training others in discernment, and have discovered some of the more common difficulties leaders experience in this work. These include struggles in integrating discernment with parliamentary procedure, impatience with a prayerful process, “assurance” of God’s will that actually results in practical failures. This has led to a deeper humility about the discernment process, and a realization that the path toward indifference, “not my will but thine be done,” is often corrupted by personal preference, cultural conditioning, and logical consistency with the past. As the authors say in a promotional article.

Somehow God is not going to let us rest with the assurance that we have some kind of iron-clad formula for discerning decisions. That is not always the way the Spirit works. The mystery remains and infiltrates all of our best human efforts.

This leads to an acknowlegement that all dynamics inherent in the deliberating processes for churches and religious organizations, as well as all the pathways, are indeed limited. They survey several of these factors - reasoned discourse, attempting to obey God’s will, individual discerment, decision making, ascetic spiritual sight, procedures and rules, consensus gathering, any single way of leading meetings such as parliamentary procedure or Robert’s Rules, and definitely business-as-usual - and conclude that all are necessarily impaired. 

Add to these the hard-to-admit resistance we have to knowing and doing God’s will, which is borne out in the authors experience with churches.

They fear that if God’s will is done, it will result in hardship, that God’s will has cutting edges and unhappy results. They fear that God’s will may be the worst thing that could happen. Many people fear that God may require them to do almost impossible tasks. If a person asks God to reveal the divine will, he or she may have to quit his or her job, become a missionary, or sell the boat. An uneasy feeling lingers in the church.Don’t get too close to God. God will only make life difficult.

But they beckon us to consider:

  • How different would your life be in you had frequently and earnestly asked the question, “God, what is your will?”
  • What would your church be like if at every important juncture, you and other members of your faith community had consciously asked, “God, what is your will?”

The book is divided into five chapters:

  1. Discernment: What? - Defines discernment as that which gets to the essence of the matter, encouraging a larger perspective of problems in the context of God’s kingdom vision, and a commitment to work together and act decisively.
  2. Discernment: Why? - Upholds the importance of desiring to participate in God’s activity, seek God’s guidance, and listen for his call, especially in distinguish between God’s voice and the other voices that beckon us. “Likethe gold miner, we test for real gold.”
  3. Discernment: Who? - While discernment “engages the person in the depths of his or her soul and therefore in a profound relationship with the Spirit of God,” it also “involves the person in the community of faith and brings the community to decisions that order its life and ministry.”
  4. Discernment: How? - Given the ancient Christian traditions of discernment, we do not need to reinvent the wheel, but we must recognize our vulnerabilty to the way the world makes decisions, and refrain from mechanical “ten-step” processes that presume our capability of fathoming the mind of God such that we always achieve desired outcomes.
  5. Discernment: Where? - Discernment requires the interplay of personal solitude, small group, and large, deliberative assemblies.

Publisher’s Description

Bible study, research, and fieldwork merge in this book of practical principles for decision making by spiritual discernment. The step-by-step approach can be used to help any size group learn a new way to make decisions—a way that is interactive, spiritual, and rooted in faith practices and community. Small groups, committees, church boards, church leaders at all levels, and seminary professors will find this book valuable.

This is a revised and updated version of the book, originally published in 1997. This new version inclused revised and updated material, as well as a new introduction by Charles Olsen.

About the Author

Danny E. Morris was a pastor in Florida for 22 years, was the director of developing ministries for Upper Room Ministries for 25 years, and developed The Upper Room Academy for Spiritual Formation and the Five-Day Academy. He is the author of sixteen books, including Yearning to Know God’s Will.

Charles M. Olsen has 22 years of pastoral experience in the Presbyterian Church USA and was the founder of Worshipful-Work: Center for Transforming Religious Leadership. His book, Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders, was selected as one of the top ten religious books in 1997 by the Academy of Parish Clergy.


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Oct232012

Beaumont, Inside the Large Congregation

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Susan Beaumont, Inside the Large Congregation, Alban Institute, 2011.

Referenced in: Church Size Dynamics

LifeandLeadership.com Summary

This is an insightful text based on the author’s research and consultations on the major systems at work in large congregations, and how each functions and changes for a church to be effective in its size, and to successfully navigate the transition zones in moving from one congregational orientiation to another.  Note that the first “large” church she discusses is the “Professional Church” or “emerging large church” that ranges from 400-800 in attendance, so it applies to more churches than a reader might suspect. It differs from other books of this genre (e.g. McIntosh, Next Level) in that while it “explores organizational and leadership dynamics that may prevent health and growth from happening…it does not advocate for numerical growth or predict when growth will happen.” She adds, “This book does not assume that large is better than mid-sized or small; it does assume that the large church functions dramatically differently from the megachurch, mid-sized, or small congregation.” It is a valuable tool in understanding the dynamics of large congregations.

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Publisher’s Description

For five years, Alban Institute senior consultant Susan Beaumont has been giving voice to the organizational and leadership demands of large congregations. Through her work, she has identified five basic leadership systems that need to stay in alignment for the large church to function well for its size:

  1. Clergy leadership roles
  2. Staff team design and function
  3. Governance and board function
  4. Acculturation and the role of laity
  5. Forming and executing strategy

She has also learned that these five systems operate with some important but subtle distinctions in what Beaumont calls the professional church (400-800 in worship attendance), the strategic church (800-1,200), and the matrix church (1,200-2,000). Often, she has discovered, problems in a large congregation are related to the fact that one or more of the five systems is inappropriately structured for the size of the congregation. In other words, the church isn’t acting its size.

Beaumont is invested in helping large congregations “rightsize” their leadership systems to better serve their ministry context. This book articulates why size matters and how it matters in the world of large congregations. It is written for anyone who wants to better understand the leadership and organizational dynamics of the large church—anyone seeking to understand the challenges of leading from inside the large congregation.

About the Author

Susan Beaumont is a Senior Consultant with the Alban Institute. Susan’s practice specializes in the unique leadership dynamics of large congregations, particularly in the areas of staff team and board development, strategic planning, pastoral transition, and size transition. She is the coauthor of When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in the Large Congregation. Her blog can be found at www.insidethelargecongregation.com. Susan is an ordained clergy leader in the American Baptist Churches, USA.


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Oct232012

Benjamin, Conversation Transformation

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Ben Benjamin, Conversation Transformation: Recognize and Overcome the 6 Most Destructive Communication Patterns. McGraw-Hill, 2012.

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LifeandLeadership.com Summary

This is a very useful tool that not only equips readers for the six most common communication problems (see Publisher’s Description below), but also teaches how to train the brain for permanent changes in communication patterns. Benjamin devotes a chapter to each problem, each including a theory on why the problem exists, followed by a set of exercises. The last chapter presents the SAVI, “An All-Purpose Tool to Improve Any Communication.” A plus is the website, ConversationTransformation.com, which is also accessible by the shortcut CTSavvy.com. The site includes pretests/posttests to measure skill levels, spoken versions of dialogues in the book, exercises, quizzes, and the availability of a comprehensive online learning system.

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Repair communication breakdowns on the spot and drive positive results in every conversation

Failed conversations can take a heavy toll on our professional and personal lives, threatening to damage relationships, erode trust, and make it impossible to resolve conflicts, reach decisions, or achieve mutual understanding.

Conversation Transformation gives you practical guidelines for managing the six most common (and aggravating) conversation killers: yes-buts, mind-reads, negative predictions, leading questions, complaining, and verbal attacks. Each skill-building chapter guides you through a three-step process for replacing unconstructive habits with more effective responses:

AWARENESS

Learn to recognize an ineffective communication pattern the instant it occurs

ACTION

Use specific new strategies to turn the conversation in a better direction

PRACTICE

Engage in repeated, structured practice to turn those actions into new habits

About the Author

Ben E. Benjamin, Ph.D., is a consultant, coach, writer, and entrepreneur who has been teaching communication skills for more than thirty years. In recent years, his teaching and writing have focused increasingly on SAVI (the System for Analyzing Verbal interaction). A certified Senior SAVI Trainer, Ben has developed and led communications workshops for a wide range of organizations—including various business sectors, such as finance, legal, and manufacturing, as well as educational, healthcare, and religious institutions. He also provides advanced facilitation training to help organizations resolve conflicts and hold more effective meetings.


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Oct232012

Monarth, Executive Presence, Commanding Respect Like a CEO

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Harrison Monarth, Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO. McGraw-Hill, 2009.

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One may legitimately wonder why I would include this as a resource for ministers. The focus of this book is image projection and reputation management. For good reason, most understandings of pastoral influence focus on inward character, not external image. Both the teachings of Jesus (Matt. 6:1; 23:25-28) and the Apostle Paul (2 Cor. 4:2-3; 1 Tim. 4:12, 16) emphasize this. Scripture runs directly counter to what is found in popular literature on the subject. One may become so concerned with image as to ignore development as an authentic human being from the inside out. It is said, “The path to external impressiveness and internal emptiness is the same road.” Also, “Pay little attention to the applause of the crowd or the acclaim of the critics, but live for the approval of the Conductor.” I could not agree more.

On the other hand, most pastoral influence is not the hard currency of positional authority, but the softer currencies that are tied to how one is perceived. One may possess the integrity of character and conviction, and the weight of competence, yet project an ineffective persona that diminishes social capital. A leader must behave publicly in a way that commands respect and gains and maintains trust. Some call this “presenting the best version of yourself.” This is intentional work. This text, though written with business executives, not ministers, in mind, still provides wisdom for church leaders.

Monarth discusses the natural laws of perception, how the people around you perceive you. He says that today, this happens in three ways:

1. Influencing people and events through success in communication - Developing your social intelligence, reading people and predicting behavior, engineering buy-in nad gaining compliance, mastering the art of storytelling, changing behaviors and attitudes, managing interpersonal conflict and improving relationships, and holding difficult conversations.

2. Self-branding - Understanding what your personal brand says about you, using the internet to expand one’s personal and professional brand, and managing media to enhance reputation and raise professional profile.

3. Reputation management - Protecting one’s good name and web reputation.

You will notice, however, that most of Harrison’s focus is on communication competence. For this reason, I have categorized this in Leadership Development Through Communication Competence. Also, since developing these skills can increase one’s influence in situations where one lacks official leverage, I have also included it in Leadership in Subordinate Roles.

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Publisher’s Description

An expert in coaching high-level players in the art of perception management, Harrison Monarth reveals the critical difference between CEOs and those of us who wish to be CEOs. It’s not a matter of intelligence, connections, or luck. It can be summed up in two words: executive presence.

While most of us toil in obscurity and expect great things to follow, those on the path to corporate leadership spend their time perfecting the types of leadership communication skills that generate respect and get others to share their vision. They use these skills to establish how they are perceived by others and to manage their reputation throughout the organization. In other words, these soon-tobe top players have developed the presence of an executive through careful image management—and they make sure they have the goods to back it up.

In Executive Presence, Monarth shows how you can seize control of your own career using the same skills. Inside, he explains how to:

  • Accurately “read” people and predict their behavior
  • Influence the perceptions of others
  • Persuade those of opposing views to your side
  • Create and maintain a personal “brand”
  • Manage and control your online reputation
  • Perform damage control when things go wrong

Monarth’s conclusions aren’t based solely on his keen insight and extensive experience; they’re the result of the latest scientifi c research in interpersonal communication and human behavior.

Talent and skills are important, but they alone won’t take you to the top of your organization. People reach highly infl uential positions because they deeply understand the power of perception and know how to leverage it in their favor. The good news is, anyone with the will to succeed can do it. Executive Presence provides all the techniques you need to take your career to the highest level of any organization.

About the Author

Harrison Monarth is the founder and president of GuruMaker, a global communications consulting firm that helps Fortune 500 executives, international politicians, and other high-level professionals shape events using the skills of persuasion, image management, and media leveraging. He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Confident Speaker.


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Oct232012

Monarth, 360 Degrees of Influence

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Harrison Monarth, 360 Degrees of Influence: Get Everyone to Follow Your Lead on Your Way to the Top McGraw-Hill, 2011.

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LifeandLeadership.com Summary

This text addresses the importance of image projection or reputation management. Some call this “presenting the best version of yourself.” While this certainly pales in comparison to the development of character and competence, it is still an important issue in any public leadership role. While this gets a lot of attention in the literature for business executives, there is scant material on the subject for ministers. As I have pointed out in my summary of Monarth’s companion volume, Executive Presence, church leaders must read with discernment, through the unique lens of the pastoral role. An attractive part of Monarth’s approach is managing one’s impression without spin or manipulation. This is his second volume on the topic.  The first, Executive Presence, is probably the first read for those who are interested.

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Publisher’s Description

Leadership doesn’t have to be a top-down proposition. In fact, the best leaders influence those who are below and above them, as well as people external to the organization, such as customers and partners. This 360 degrees of influence is what separates the good leader from the great leader.

Founder of the global executive coaching firm GuruMaker, Harrison Monarth makes a living helping top figures in business and politics hone their influencing, communication, persuasion, impression management, and media skills. He teaches leaders how to operate without relying on spin or manipulation.

Now, in 360 Degrees of Influence, Monarth provides everything you need to gain the trust and respect of those around you—no matter where they’re positioned in the organizational hierarchy—and expand your influence well beyond your immediate environment. Providing valuable insight into human emotion and behavior, Monarth reveals the secrets to becoming the most psychologically astute person in the room—so you can be the most influential leader in the room. Learn how to:

  • Assess your current influencing power
  • Overcome resistance to your ideas and proposals
  • Know what people are thinking and feeling—even better than they do
  • Avoid the most common decision-making pitfalls
  • Create an influence strategy tailored to your organization’s hierarchy

In addition to sharing insight he has gleaned during years of coaching leading executives, Monarth includes practice exercises, checklists, self-evaluations, and worksheets to help you tackle the challenge of influence and leadership head on.

Right now, one of your own counterparts might be exerting influence over you and your boss. You can do the same thing. Apply the lessons of 360 Degrees of Influence to place yourself in the best possible position to lead the leaders.

About the Author

Harrison Monarth is the author of Executive Presence and founder and President of GuruMaker, a global communications consulting firm that coaches Fortune 500 executives, politicians, and other high-level professionals. He has personally coached members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, as well as executives from Pepsico, The Ritz-Carlton, Merrill Lynch, American Heart Association, IBM, Hertz, Cardinal Health, Cisco Systems, and Intel.


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Oct202012

Covey, The 3rd Alternative, Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems

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Stephen R. Covey, The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life’s Most Difficult Problems. Free Press, 2012.

Companion Volumes: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit

Referenced in: Conflict Resolution and Management

LifeandLeadership.com Summary

This is an excellent motivation and guide to two of the habits discussed in Covey’s best-seller, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People:

  • Habit 4: Think win/win – Approach relationships and other commitments with the belief that you can satisfy both yours and others legitimate interests. This way everyone wins.
  • Habit 6: Synergize – In the relational climate created by win/win and seek-first-to-understand, value and synthesize the unique contributions each person makes to achieve a whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

This volume focuses on conflict, and distinguishes between a 2-Alternative way of looking at conflicts (My Way vs. Your Way), and suggests disputants strive toward a 3rd Alternative. This means more than mere collaboration, where disputants find common ground toward achieving a win-win. It also bests compromise, which often leaves parties with unhappy concessions and half-hearted commitment to the solutions. The 3rd Alternative means clearly identifying both oneself and the other in more human, less stereotyped terms. From there, parties follow a four-step path to synergy, achieving a solution that is better than any could have conceived alone. Technically, this is collaboration, but with the plus of providing a way for conflicted people not only see the issues through each other’s eyes, but also to see each other in much more redemptive terms.

This is perhaps the best and most current guide to collaborative conflict resolution and problem-solving.

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Publisher’s Description

From the multimillion-copy bestselling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People—hailed as the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century—The 3rd Alternative turns Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s formidable insight to a powerful new way to resolve professional and personal difficulties and create solutions to great challenges in organizations and society.

There are many methods of “conflict resolution,” but most involve compromise, a low-level accommodation that stops the fight without breaking through to amazing new results. The 3rd Alternative introduces a breakthrough approach to conflict resolution and creative problem solving, transcending traditional solutions to conflict by forging a path toward a third option, a 3rd Alternative that moves beyond your way or my way to a higher and better way—one that allows both parties to emerge from debate or even heated conflict in a far better place than either had envisioned. With the 3rd Alternative, nobody has to give up anything, and everyone wins.

About the Author

Recognized as one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey has dedicated his life to demonstrating how every person can truly control their destiny with profound, yet straightforward guidance. As an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author, his advice has given insight to millions. He has sold over 20 million books sold (in 38 languages), and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century. His most recent major book, The 8th Habit , has sold nearly 400,000 copies. He holds an MBA from Harvard, and doctorate degree from Brigham Young University. He is the co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries. He lives with his wife and family in Utah.


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Saturday
Oct202012

Covey and Link, Smart Trust

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Stephen M.R. Covey and Greg Link, Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy and Joy in a Low-Trust World. Free Press, 2012.

Prequel: Covey, The Speed of Trust

Referenced in: Empowering Leadership

LifeandLeadership.com Summary

This builds on Covey’s earlier work, The Speed of Trust, with narratives of many leaders who have used high-trust relationships toward significant achievement, along with five actionable strategies for trust-building:

  1. Smart Trust Action 1: Choose to Believe in Trust
  2. Smart Trust Action 2: Start with Self
  3. Smart Trust Action 3: Declar Your Intent…And Assume Positive Intent in Others
  4. Smart Trust Action 4: Do What You Say You’re Going to Do
  5. Smart Trust Action 5: Lead Out in Extending Trust to Others
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After illustrating the global relevance of trust with his book The Speed of Trust by selling more than one million copies in twenty-two languages, Stephen M. R. Covey again illuminates the hidden power of trust to change lives and impact organizations in Smart Trust. In a compelling and readable style, he and long-time business partner Greg Link share enlightening principles and anecdotes of people and organizations that are not only achieving unprecedented prosperity from high-trust relationships and cultures but—even more inspiring—also attaining elevated levels of energy and joy.

The sustainable success these leaders and enterprises are exhibiting is paradoxically being produced in what has proved to be the lowest trust climate in years, if not decades. Smart Trust shows what they are doing and the five actions they are commonly taking to prosper, against the odds, in the same circumstances causing so many others to fail.

With penetrating insights illuminated by their unique access to many of the world’s most successful leaders and organizations, the authors lay out a breakthrough process and skill set in a practical and actionable formula that makes trust a performance multiplier for leaders, teams, organizations, and even countries. They show why trust is fast becoming the most consequential life and leadership skill of our time—a career-critical competency required to navigate and compete in this perilous twenty-first-century interdependent, global economy. Covey and Link teach how to cut through traditional either/or thinking to extend “Smart Trust,” enabling you to exercise sound judgment in a low-trust world by minimizing risk and maximizing possibilities.

Smart Trust has met the strict scrutiny of business leaders around the globe and is validated by research from multiple sources that confirms that high-trust organizations outperform low-trust organizations by nearly three times. Smart Trust shares findings that verify how enduring success, vitality, and happiness are directly related to the level of trust in our relationships—whether in our professional or personal lives.

Find out why trusted people are more likely to get hired or promoted, get the best projects and bigger budgets, and are last to be laid off. This sea-changing book will forever shift your perspective as it reveals and validates, once and for all, the transformational power of trust. Reading Smart Trust will increase your probability of thriving in this increasingly unpredictable marketplace. The more unpredictable it becomes, the more your (and your organization’s) sound judgment and ability to trust in this low-trust world will give you a tremendous competitive advantage—and the capacity to navigate the uncertainty low trust creates.

About the Author

Stephen M. R. Covey is cofounder and CEO of CoveyLink Worldwide. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker, author, and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance, Covey speaks to audiences around the world. A Harvard MBA, he is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which under his stewardship became the largest leadership development company in the world. Covey resides with his wife and children in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.

Greg Link is co-founder of CoveyLink, FranklinCovey’s Global Speed of Trust Practice, and the former Covey Leadership Center. A trusted executive confidant, advisor, and compelling speaker, Link is a recognized authority on trust, leadership, sales, marketing, and high performance. He led the strategy that propelled Covey’s father’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to one of the two most influential business books of the twentieth century.

Rebecca A. Merrill has served in numerous leadership positions in community, education, and women’s organizations. Coauthor of Connections: Quadrant II Time Management, she also assisted Stephen R. Covey on The 7 Habits Highly Effective People.


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Oct202012

McKeown, The Synergist, Lead Your Team to Predictable Success

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Les McKeown, The Synergist: How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success. Palgrave Macmillian, 2012.

Referenced in: Ministry Staff and Leadership Teams

LifeandLeadership.com Summary

McKeown shows how most teams lack a crucial ingredient that keeps them locked in perpetual gridlock among three common types - visionaries, operators, and processors. This gridlock can be reversed through the work of a synergist who knits them together into a powerful force. This is a hepful resource for enhancing Church Leader Teams.

The publisher’s summary below describes the book well. For a more complete summary, go to the Kindle edition and download the free sample.

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Why do so many teams fail to perform - achieving compromise at best and gridlock at worst? And what does it take to end this gridlock? Wall Street Journal bestselling author and speaker Les McKeown shows how to take any team from gridlock to world class success. In his new book, McKeown argues that every successful team includes a critical player, the Synergist, who can take the three exisiting types:

  • The bold dreamers (Visionaries)
  • The pragmatic realists (Operators)
  • The systems designers (Processors)

- and knit them together into a dynamic, well-rounded team. Most importantly, according to McKeown, the Synergist is a role that anyone can learn.

While most attempts at teamwork improvement deal only with the symptoms of group dysfunction such as distrust, poor communication, and fear of change, McKeown address the root cause: the innately unstable Visionary-Operator-Processor triangle. Because each of the three styles’ motivations, views, and goals are incompatible, without a Synergist every team will eventually implode, stall, or underperform. Only the Synergist can put aside their own agenda and interpret the language of difficult personalities, capture the best from each person, and put the good of the enterprise ahead of their own ego.

McKeown- who has used techniques presented here in his consulting with Harvard University, American Express Financial Services, the US Army, Pella Corporation, Microsoft, United Technologies Corporation, and more- shows how any individual can fill this critical role, whether or not they’re the formal leader of the group. With thought-provoking self-assesments and an extensive Synergist Toolkit, he teaches how anyone can learn to be an effective Synergist by recognizing the vital signs of inneffective teamwork and making the right interventions at these pivotall moments.

About the Author

Les McKeown is the president and CEO of Predictable Success, a consulting firm with clients that include T-Mobile, Microsoft, The US Army, Harvard University, Bose, British Aerospace and many more. McKeown’s previous book, Predictable Success, hit the Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-seller lists in 2010. McKeown is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has appeared on CNN, ABC, BBC, Inc, Entrepreneur magazine, USA Today and The New York Times. Les speaks to businesses around the country helping management achieve a systematic approach to success.


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Tuesday
Oct162012

Pier, Consequential Leadership

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Mac Pier, Consequential Leadership: 15 Leaders Fighting for Our Cities, Our Poor, Our Youth and Our Culture. IVP Books, 2012.

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LifeandLeadership.com Summary

Mac Pier laments the fact that we are “in the worst fix since the Depression and the two World Wars.” And the issue is not fundamentally economic, but moral. He says,

This crisis of legitimacy is unlikely to be solved by business or politics-as-usual. It is not a problem that is amenable to money or power. What we need is a moral renaissance rooted in the intersection of faith and action-action that grows out of character, commitment and values.

He finds hope in the lives and ministries of 15 contemporary leaders whose lives are “consequential.” These people believed they could make a difference, and set out to do so. He describes each in a biography, and extracts a key principle embodied by each.

Tim Keller
Key idea: Grace
Key learning and how this translated into his life: Do with your life what will have the most impact. Founding a grace-centered, gospel-centric church-planting movement in New York City was a world-changing choice.
Personal success principle: Understand the compelling message of God’s grace and how it can attract anyone, even in the hardest places.

Luis Palau
Key idea: Festival!
Key learning and how this translated into his life: Bold faith challenges not only individuals and churches but also nations and continents.
Personal success principle: Be an evangelist who proclaims the gospel fearlessly and creatively.

A. R. Barnard
Key idea: Culture
Key learning and how this translated into his life: Understand how Christianity transcends and influences culture.
Personal success principle: Encourage people to live out their God-given calling in the context of culture.

Glenn Smith
Key idea: Shalom
Key learning and how this translated into his life: God desires to bring shalom (peace) to our cities through well-trained and networked urban leaders.
Personal success principle: Strong personal foundations - healthy families, enduring friendships, deep spirituality - are essential for peaceful communities.

Richard Stearns
Key idea: Rescue
Key learning and how this translated into his life: Surrender your skills and training to rescue those closest to God’s heart - the widow and the orphan.
Personal success principle: Be willing to “bet the farm” on God.

Ajith Fernando
Key idea: Suffering
Key learning and how this translated into his life: To identify with the poor through suffering is a way of incarnating the gospel.
Personal success principle: Be willing to cross religious, ethnic, racial and socioeconomic boundaries to reach people.

Frances Hesselbein
Key idea: Sacrifice
Key learning and how this translated into her life: To serve is to live.
Personal success principle: Open doors for emerging leaders and provide new opportunities.

W. Wilson Goode, Sr.
Key idea: Equality
Key learning and how this translated into his life: Understand the grim reality of imprisonment in America and its consequences. Discover that one courageous leader can achieve greater results than anyone predicts.
Personal success principle: Have a vision that is informed by faith. Be determined. Work hard. Be available. Demonstrate humility.

George Gallup, Jr.
Key idea: Belonging
Key learning and how this translated into his life: Belonging comes before believing. Good research serves as a “siren” to society.
Personal success principle: Use good research as the basis for important personal and policy decisions.

Brenda Salter McNeil
Key idea: Reconciliation
Key learning and how this translated into her life: Nothing this side of heaven is like being radically loved by someone racially different. Globalization is happening at a breathtaking pace. We need leaders with the agility to foster reconciliation between diverse communities.
Personal success principle: Be a bridge by building contemporary partnerships with people from diverse cultures.

Alan and Katherine Barnhart
Key idea: Obedience
Key learning and how this translated into their lives: Surrender your resources to God while you are young. Make lifestyle decisions that allow you to be generous.
Personal success principle: Live simply. Be generous. Invest your resources in places where God is at work.

Bob Doll
Key idea: Strategy
Key learning and how this translated into his life: Becoming a credible witness by being the best in your industry.
Personal success principle: Leverage your influence through strategic partnerships and strategic philanthropy.

Jim Mellado and Steve Bell
Key idea: Team
Key learning and how this translated into their lives: The mutual submission of a team can unleash power capable of changing the world.
Personal success principle: Gather smart leaders who have mutual respect for one another and work for a larger global good.

Pier hopes the lives of these 15 will inspire others to make a difference in their own circles of influence.

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Are we living in challenging times? Yes. But people can and do make a difference.

Here are the stories of fifteen entrepreneurial leaders doing just that. Drawn from church, business, government and non-profit sectors, these world-class visionaries and activists offer examples that motivate and principles to imitate.

Their stories show that mature networks of leaders and organizations can offer opportunities to a new generation of young people, change communities ravaged by HIV/AIDS, reach new groups of people with the message of hope—and more.

If you see a need and want to contribute your own consequential leadership, this book is for you.

About the Author

Mac Pier is president and founder of the New York City Leadership Center and has hosted a half dozen urban consultations for 10,000 leaders since 1995. He is the author of The Power of a City at Prayer.


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Tuesday
Oct162012

Allen and Ross, Intergenerational Christian Formation

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Holly Catterton Allen and Christine Lawton Ross, Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship. IVP Academic, 2012.

Referenced in: Generational Issues in Churches

LifeandLeadership.com Summary

I have always respected Holly Allen’s ministry. Here, she teams with Christine Lawton Ross to produce a  comprehensive defense of and guide to intergenerational ministry. The book opens with a quote from James Frazier:

The best way to be formed in Christ is to sit among the elders, listen to their stories, break bread with them, and drink from the same cup, observing how these ealier generations of saints ran the race, fought the fight, and survived in grace. (Across the Generations: Incorporating All Ages in Ministry)

This is truly intergenerational, which was the norm for much of Christian history, but now is increasingly rare except in the smallest of congregations. It can occur, however, in larger congregations, as in the case of one that began in 1980 as a mission plant in a retirement community, and has grown to more than 1,000 worshippers of all ages who work closely together in every aspect of ministry.

This congregation exemplifies intergenerationality, which is different from the popular multigenerational emphasis, which may not include intentional cross-age experiences, but uses generation theory to understand how to serve each generation within one congregation through ministry with each age group. This is helpful, but with a negative effect that the generations may “act like ships in the night that pass by one another but rarely have meaningful contact and interaction.” (19, from Menconi, Intergenerational Church) The same problem is reflected in many churches that describe themselves as transgenerational.

Intentional intergenerational ministry is different, as revealed in these definitions:

Intergenerational ministry occurs when a congregaton intentionally brings the generations together in mutual serving, sharing or learning within the core activities of the church in order to live out being the body of Christ to each other and the greater community. (17)

Intergenerational religious experience is when “two or more different age groups of peple in a religious community together learning/growing/living in faith through in-common experiences, parallel learning, contributivve-occasions, and interactive sharing.” (20, from White and Harkness)

Intentional intergenerational strategies are those in which an integral part of the process of faith communities encourages interpersonal interactions across generational boundaries, and in which a sense of mutuality and equality is encouraged between participants. (20, from Harkness)

To advocate and equip for this ministry, the authors divide the book into four parts:

Part One: Generational Realities - This states the main premise. It describes the current tendency to separate generations and argues for intergenerationality in terms of “intergenerational faith formation.”

Part Two: Biblical, Theological and Theoretical Foundations - This is the heart of the book. It shows how scripture, developmental theory, social learning theory, and ecological systems theory converge to uphold intergenerationality as a means for Christian formation in community.

Part Three: Social Science Foundations - Summarizes research from sociology of religion (e.g. Christian Smith), gerontology, and generational theory supporting intergenerational approaches to learning and growing.

Part Four: Ingenerational Christian Formation Practices - Gives practical insight on how to initiate and sustain an intergenerational congregational culture. Describes “dozens of ways to bring the generations together.”

The practical appendices include “Forty Intergenerational Ideas,” “Intergenerational Ministry Resources,”and “Biblical Passages that Reflect an Intergenerational Outlook.”

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Publisher’s Description

“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” Psalm 145:4

Most churches and faith communities segment their ministries by age and generation. The kids go to children’s church, the teens go to youth group. Worship services are geared toward different generational preferences, and small groups gather people at the same life stage, whether singles, young marrieds, parents or empty nesters. In some congregations, people may never interact with those of other ages.

But it was not always so. Throughout biblical tradition and the majority of history, communities of faith included people of all ages together in corporate worship, education and ministry. The church was not just multigenerational; it was intergenerational, with the whole church together as one family and people of all ages learning from one another in common life.

In this comprehensive text, Holly Allen and Christine Ross offer a complete framework for intentional intergenerational Christian formation. They provide the theoretical foundations for intergenerationality, showing how learning and spiritual formation are better accomplished through intergenerational contexts. It is not just elders teaching youth; learning also takes place when adults discover fresh insights from children. Then the authors give concrete guidance for intergenerational praxis on how worship, learning, community and service can all be achieved intergenerationally. Case studies of intergenerational congregations provide models for how a culture of intergenerationality can be created in local churches.

This volume serves as an essential guide for all preparing for and involved in congregational ministry and formation. Discover the riches of intergenerational ministry, and let all generations commend the works of God to one another.

About the Author

Holly Catterton Allen (Ph.D., Talbot School of Theology) is professor of Christian ministries and director of the child and family studies program at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She currently holds the J. Vernon McGee endowed Chair at JBU. She teaches undergraduate courses such as critical concerns with children, nurturing spiritual development in children, and ministry with families across the lifespan. She received the faculty of the year award at JBU in Spring 2009.

Dr. Allen’s areas of scholarly interest are children’s spirituality and intergenerational issues. Her most recent book (with Christine Ross) is Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship (InterVarsity Press, 2012). Her first book, Nurturing Children’s Spirituality: Christian Perspectives and Best Practices (Cascade), an edited volume, was released in 2008. She is member of the Society for Children’s Spirituality that convenes the triennial Children’s Spirituality Conference: Christian Perspectives at Concordia University near Chicago. She is also a recent board member of the North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE). She has published articles in Christian Education Journal, Lutheran Education, and Lifelong Faith, along with chapters in several books.

Dr. Allen is married to Dr. Leonard Allen and they have three adult children as well as four grandchildren.

Christine Lawton Ross (Ph.D., St. Louis University) is professor of Christian education and director of the Christian education program at Concordia University in Irvine, California. She has worked in congregational ministry and has taught in intergenerational, multicultural and overseas contexts. She is also the author of several Bible studies and Sunday school curriculum resources.


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Tuesday
Oct162012

Schaller and Bird, Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller

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Lyle E. Schaller and Warren Bird, Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller: The Elder Statesman of Church Leadership. Abingdon Press, 2012.

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LifeandLeadership.com Summary

This is a distillation of best insights from a man known as the “Dean of Church Consultants,” who is believed to have consulted with over 6,000 churches. I often tell my students that if they ignore Lyle Schaller, they do so to their peril. Here, Warren Bird surveys 60 of Schaller’s 96 books and gleans from scores of contemporary church leaders who share what they have learned from him. If you have ever wanted a compendium of what Schaller says on a given topic, this book presents it, and points you where to go in his writings for more information.

The book is divided into two parts. Part One discusses the life of Lyle Schaller, including what influenced him, what he has written, and what Schaller believes are the biggest issues that will shape the future of the church in America.  Part two takes a long list of topics, offering quotes from Schaller on each subject, along with stories from leaders who were impacted by his insight in that area. Subjects include:

First year of pastorate

Following a long-term pastor

Most important staffing mistakes to avoid

Best way to introduce change in a church

Most important thing a church planter can do

Building on the strengths of a small-attendance church, medium-sized church, large church, or very large church

Expanding the teaching ministry of the church

Developing new funding sources for mission

Land mines to avoid in a merger

How churches learn to see themselves more accurately

Why innovation is important in a church

Most important strategies for change

The challenges of turning a church’s plateau in attendance

Creating dissatisfaction with the status quo

The importance of developing allies and how

How leaders can improve their decision-making process

The biggest issue when a church thinks about relocating

Whether a church should become multisite

The leadership style that is best for a congregation

Why small groups are so vital for a congregation

How to get more people to volunteer

When it’s time to resign

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One poll declared him the most influential American church leader of the last 100 years. Lyle E. Schaller has written literally millions of words of insight and advice for church leaders. His books alone number nearly 60 titles and span 40 years of publication, beginning in 1964.

Now, this single volume makes available his best insights, organized by topic and framed with fascinating background perspective of Schaller himself. This volume both introduces Schaller to a new generation of church leaders and is a handy resource for those who grew up on Schaller’s writing and count him as a major ministry influence.

About the Author

Lyle E. Schaller is the country’s leading interpreter of congregational systems and their vitality. He is the author of dozens of books, including From Geography to Affinity, also published by Abingdon Press. He lives in Naperville, Illinois.

Warren Bird (www.warrenbird.com) credits Lyle Schaller’s speaking and books as a major influence in his development. Warren is one of the nation’s leading researchers of church leaders, focusing on high-impact congregations recognized for their health, evangelism and leadership development. He is the director of research for Leadership Network, a non-profit that provides peer groups and resources for innovative church leaders. An award-winning writer, Warren has collaboratively authored 24 books and more than 200 magazine articles or online reports, all on subjects related to church health. An ordained minister, he has been a church planter and staff pastor. He graduated from Wheaton College and Graduate School (B.A., M.A.), Alliance Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Fordham University (Ph.D.) in sociology of religion, and has served as an adjunct professor at Alliance Theological Seminary since 1995. He and his wife Michelle live in metro New York City. They have two grown children.


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Tuesday
Oct162012

Maxwell, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

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John C. Maxwell, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential. Center Street, 2012.

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Brief Intro to Maxwell

John Maxwell is perhaps the most widely-read author on leadership and life-effectiveness today. LifeandLeadership.com cross-lists Maxwell’s writings under different categories:

  • Inspiring Leadership – Maxwell is a strong leader in his own right, and equips people to exercise leadership that brings out the best in others.
  • Leadership and Life-Effectiveness – In a manner similar to many authors in the success genre, Maxwell presents his insights in terms of what it means to lead a more productive life.

Each of his volumes makes a solid contribution to literature on these subjects, but with so many titles, it is often hard to know where to start. The LifeandLeadership.com Ministry Resource Guide on the John Maxwell Leadership Library may help readers understand the unique value of each of his works, and how each relates to the others.

Observations on 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

I love John Maxwell’s writings. I always come away feeling more inspired, confident, and ready to seize the challenges and opportunities in my life, and usually with a much clearer idea of how to do it. Maxwell is not a scholar, a devotional writer, or a theologian (often we use these disciplines to place ourselves above the need for help), and those who read his books through those lens may be disappointed. Maxwell is an inspirational and motivational speaker, and a leadership coach (at least through his books). If that’s what you want and need, read Maxwell. He unfolds the principles and practices of successful people, and helps readers get on the path of activating these insights in their own life.

I could be wrong, but I believe this is Maxwell’s 73rd book. I have not read all of them, but of those I have read, if I had to say which is his best, it would be a tie between this one and Failing Forward. In this book, the focus is personal potential, and the path of growth one must follow to unlock that potential. In his classic way of weaving story and principle, he discusses the “15 Invaluable Laws of Personal Growth.”

1. The Law Of Intentionality: Growth Doesn’t Just Happen
2. The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself
3. The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself
4. The Law of Reflection: Learning to Pause Allows Growth to Catch Up with You
5. The Law of Consistency: Motivation Gets You Going - Discipline Keeps You Growing
6. The Law of Environment: Growth Thrives in Conducive Surroundings
7. The Law of Design: To Maximize Growth, Develop Strategies
8. The Law of Pain: Good Management of Bad Experiences Leads to Great Growth
9. The Law of the Ladder: Character Growth Determines the Height of Your Personal Growth
10. The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You Are and Where You Could Be
11. The Law of Trade-Offs: You Have to Give Up to Grow Up
12. The Law of Curiosity: Growth is Stimulated by Asking Why?
13. The Law of Modeling: It’s Hard to Improve When You Have No One But Yourself to Follow
14. The Law of Expansion: Growth Always Increases Your Capacity
15. The Law of Contribution: Growing Yourself Always Allows You to Grow Others

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Publisher’s Description

Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over fifty years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential. In the way that only he can communicate, John teaches …

  • The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself
  • The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself
  • The Law of Modeling: It’s Hard to Improve When You Have No One But Yourself to Follow
  • The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You are and Where You Could Be
  • The Law of Contribution: Developing Yourself Enables You to Develop Others

This third and final book in John Maxwell’s Laws series (following 2-million seller The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork) will help you become a lifelong learner whose potential keeps increasing and never gets “used up.”

About the Author

John C. Maxwell is an internationally respected leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold more than 20 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 126 countries worldwide. Each year he speaks to the leaders of diverse organizations, such as Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments, the National Football League, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the United Nations. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell has written three books that have sold more than a million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. His blog can be read at JohnMaxwellOnLeadership.com. He can be followed at Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell.


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