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Accountable Leadership: A Resource Guide for Sustaining Legal, Financial, and Ethical Integrity in Today's Congregations

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With reports of financial impropriety and clergy misconduct making headlines, accountable leadership and sound management practices have become priority concerns in congregations of every faith. Accountable Leadership speaks to congregation leaders, both clergy and laity, and to individuals who love the worshiping community and seek the tools that can enable everyone in it to better care for one another.

This is a practical compAndium of resources for creating and managing a ...

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Overview

With reports of financial impropriety and clergy misconduct making headlines, accountable leadership and sound management practices have become priority concerns in congregations of every faith. Accountable Leadership speaks to congregation leaders, both clergy and laity, and to individuals who love the worshiping community and seek the tools that can enable everyone in it to better care for one another.

This is a practical compAndium of resources for creating and managing a sound, effective, and fair congregation. This new edition has been extensively revised and updated to include contemporary topics such as disturbing trAnds in reduced giving, new church-state issues, clergy misconduct and troublesome members, and legal issues associated with the congregation's role as employer and provider of pastoral counseling.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book filled an important gap in congregational studies when it was first published, and four years later this much enlarged edition is even better. In a world where church finances, law, and ethics are so much more complicated than ever, leaders can't afford to be without it." —Loren Meade, founder, The Alban Institute

"This book is a plea for congregational leaders to be competent, informed, accountable, and in touch with contemporary reality. Reading it will enrich both the life and the ministry of every leader who accepts the need to be accountable. It is an ideal study book to be read by every member of the governing board." —Lyle E. Schaller, Church Consultant

"Chaffee is thorough, reasonable, and pastoral in his approach to an important subject rarely covered adequately in a seminary." —Your Church

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787903640
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/2/1997
  • Series: Religion in Practice Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL CHAFFEE, a minister in the United Church of Christ, is executive director of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco, California.

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Table of Contents

One: Becoming an Accountable Leader
1. Courage and the Responsibilities of Leadership
2. What the Law Requires
3. The Role of the Governing Board
Two: Accountability, Administration, and the Shared Life of the Congregation
4. Developing Life-Support Systems for the Corporate Body
5. Responsible Financial Management
6. Employment Practices That Safeguard Communal Values
7. Contracting with Service Providers from Inside and Outside the Congregation
Three: TAnding to Invisible Wounds Within the Congregation
8. Zero Tolerance for Abusive Behavior
9. Preventing Clergy Misconduct
10. Healing the Wounded Congregation

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