Becoming Colleagues: Men and Women Serving Together in Faith / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Rent
Rent from BN.com
$8.37
(Save 71%)
Est. Return Date: 11/16/2014
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$21.71
(Save 25%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 93%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (17) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $80.00   
  • Used (16) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$80.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(178)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Overview

Few mixed-gender work teams in faith-based organizations are as successful they as could be-and the reasons for success or failure are not always evident. Women often grapple with people whose practices and theological understandings do not welcome their leadership, and both men and women fall into counterproductive power struggles and traps of miscommunication. In these circumstances, even highly effective teams have found it hard to explain the magic formula behind their success. Until now.
In the first book to address this issue, Carol Becker gives specific guidance for implementing change in the religious workplace, based on her extensive study of twenty-three different teams of men and women from congregations, denominations, and faith-based nonprofit organizations. Becker uses stories from successful teams to outline nine criteria required for effective mixed-gender working relations and tells how to use these criteria to create and sustain an effective team.
As a prelude to action, mixed-gender teams must be reflective in their work together. Focusing first on the inner work of pausing and pondering rather than acting, effective teams
  • Reflect about themselves, their team and teammates, and their work.
  • Learn about gender and individual differences and about leadership and what it takes to build a team.
  • Examine what they believe (their values) about the leadership of men and women.
  • Name-or know- themselves and each other deeply.
  • Include, looking beyond stereotypes and prejudices.

Having accomplished this exercise of awareness through their reflective work, team members then engage with their mission and take specific action to change their way of working together. Effective teams

  • Communicate with deliberation.
  • Work together in the same setting, respecting boundaries and sharing commitment.
  • Influence others toward constructive action, using power positively.
  • Model new ways of leading together through effective partnership.

In practice, successful teams integrate elements of all nine criteria in order to build a successful mixed-gender work experience. The stories from the teams in this book bring these criteria to life and demonstrate a common theme that is intangible: the great joy that men and women of faith experience when they are working together effectively.

Includes discussion questions for group use.

[Back Cover]
Create effective and mutually satisfying teams

Becoming Colleagues provides a powerful rationale for personal reflection and change, a call for systemic reform, and specific guidance for implementing change in the faith-based workplace. Through stories of mixed-gender teams in religiously affiliated settings-including congregations, agencies, educational institutions, and other faith-based nonprofit organizations-this book explores nine change factors critical to ensuring that men and women work together in mutually supportive ways. The proven principles revealed through these stories provide a new model for the workplace that is certain to help teams achieve success and satisfaction in their ministries.

"Challenging, helpful, inspiring. . . . Carol Becker lays a foundation for team ministry that can transform the church."—James F. Cobble Jr., executive director, Christian Ministry Resources

"A decade of unique research has produced a management pearl. Becker's performance criteria offer management development value beyond gender diversity and teamwork. She provides new insight into the emerging leadership culture for the millennium. Nonprofit and for-profit leaders take heed!"—James B. Beddow, vice president of learning, the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society

"I could not put this book down. Story after story excited me and piqued my curiosity to want to know more. What delightful reading, with remarkable insights into universal issues about men and women in the workplace! It is a must-read for people in leadership positions who are responsible for personnel management. I will use this book in international training."—Musimbi Kanyoro, general secretary, World YWCA

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Challenging, helpful, inspiring. . . . Carol Becker lays a foundation for team ministry that can transform the church." --James F. Cobble Jr., executive director, Christian Ministry Resources

"A decade of unique research has produced a management pearl. Becker's performance criteria offer management development value beyond gender diversity and teamwork." --James B. Beddow, vice president of learning, the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society

"I could not put this book down. Story after story excited me and piqued my curiosity to want to know more. What delightful reading, with remarkable insights into universal issues about men and women in the workplace! It is a must-read for people in leadership positions who are responsible for personnel management. I will use this book in international training." --Musimbi Kanyoro, general secretary, World YWCA

"Carol Becker's work and creative case studies invite us into the very reflection she encourages as we consider our leadership, power issues, and colleague relationships through the gender lens. I have deep admiration for Carol Becker's work and applaud this book!" --Joanne Negstad, president/CEO, Lutheran Services in America

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787947095
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/21/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

CAROL E. BECKER is a marketing communications and organizational development consultant who for nearly twenty-five years has helped nonprofit organizations achieve their goals through effective planning and communication. She formed and headed the communication office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, where she worked for five years. Becker lives in Park Ridge, Illinois.
Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

BRIAN AND MARTHA
CREATING A SUCCESSFUL
MIXED-GENDER TEAM

For twelve years beginning in 1985, Brian and Martha worked together in a large United Methodist parish in a conservative midwestern city. Brian was the senior pastor and head of a large staff. Martha came to the congregation to work in the nursery school, eventually went to seminary, worked with the youth group, and upon graduation was appointed as an associate pastor in the congregation. Her appointment to the same congregation in which she had worked as a layperson prior to her ordination was unusual, Brian and Martha agree, but this gave them an even greater opportunity to get to know each other over a long period of time. The congregation had the same opportunity to get to know them both. That was part of the formula of their successful shared ministry.

Then quite suddenly, in late 1997, Martha was reassigned to a small solo pastorate just twenty minutes away from the congregation where she had served with Brian. The United Methodist Church has itinerant clergy who agree to move at the will of the denomination. Martha actually moved within weeks of being reassigned. Originally asked by the conference not to reveal her reassignment to Brian until after her interview with the new church, Martha objected and was permitted the time to say goodbye.

Martha's Commitment

I see a lot of senior-associate teams doing effective parallel ministry, but they don't know each other. We had a deeper relationship, and it served the congregation well. Our relationship included deep respect for each other, a sense of safety in sharing our theological ideas with each other, deep listening to each other personally as well as professionally, speaking the truth to each other and to others on our team, and a commitment to helping each other see things from our individual perspectives. These things were most important in building our relationship.

Getting to this point definitely required personal preparation. For one thing, I had to be secure in who I am as a woman. I learned that I do not have to be like a man, but I don't have to force feminism on anyone either. I must confront what's wrong but also be able to step back when it's my issue. I must also be very secure in my own calling to ministry but at the same time flexible enough to realize that change takes time. It's not fair, but that's the way it is. I have to be willing to love people into change. Knowing all this was important since I was the first woman pastor in this congregation.

Brian's Leadership

Getting to know one another does not happen in isolation. We did a lot to build our team. We talked constantly. We spent time together, both working and socializing. And we spent structured time building the team. We also used team reflection as a structured activity to consider our decisions together before we announced them. For me, all of this was an outgrowth of my personal reflection, which was-and is-an integral part of how I do ministry. That is precisely why the reflective tasks must come first. I need to balance the activity by getting away from it. I need to know where the Spirit is leading me. I also spend lots of personal time thinking about where we are going as a congregation. I write my reflections, sometimes for me, sometimes for the congregation. So, yes, the criteria ring true in terms of our experience. But they begin with me.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

REFLECTION AND ACTION.

Creating A Successful Mixed GAnder Team.

Nine Criteria for Mixed GAnder Teams.

Reflecting.

LEARNING.

Building a Shared Leadership Model.

Leadership in the Mixed GAnder Team.

Creating Effective Teams.

BELIEVING.

Advocating for Women in Church Leadership.

Believing Women Should Be Leaders.

The Lutheran Relief Team Building A Model for GAnder Equity.

Acting on Our Belief.

NAMING AND INCLUDING.

The Spiritual Formation Team, Demonstrating the Committment to Know Oneanother.

Naming Ourselves and Each Other.

Including Each Other.

COMMUNICATING AND WORKING TOGETHER.

Communicating with Each Other.

Communicating in Mixed GAnder Teams.

The Theological Institute Team, Keeping the Daily Commitment to Working Together.

Working Together.

Traps for Women and Men.

POWER AND INFLUENCE.Two Power Structures in Two Teams.

Power and Influence.

Power and Influence in Mixed GAnder Teams.

MODELING.

Keeping the Team Together.

Modeling Shared Leadership.

Discussion Questions for Teams.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)