Effective Church Leadership: Building on the Twelve Keys / Edition 1

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"The day of the professional minister is over," proclaims Kennon Callahan. "The day of the missionary pastor has come." These are not words of prophesy but Callahan's insightful assessment of effective leadership in today's church. In this inspiring yet pragmatic book, the author of Twelve Keys to an Effective Church shares a new vision of leadership for the missionary pastor of the twenty-first century. This practical "how-to" manual helps pastors and key leaders develop their leadership competencies by cultivating new understandings and practices. It focuses on the foundational principles for developing leadership on a mission field. "If you are a local church pastor—anywhere—you are on a mission field," according to Callahan. Rather than prescribing one specific blueprint for leadership, he explores the basic principles that underpin effective leadership—leadership that is proactive, relational, intentional, and focused on the mission of God in the world. And he helps pastors and key leaders build on their creativity and imagination in order to revitalize their local churches and advance their missions.Each generation must carve out an understanding of ministry that matches its time. The churched culture that existed in the late 1940s and 1950s is gone. The institutional understanding of top-down leadership no longer works. Leadership in today's church must begin in the mission fields—the local community—at the grass roots. It must address more than those persons who are already participating in current local churches. Rather, it must begin with the unchurched. Leadership on the local mission field must bring in persons new to the Christian life, forming a renewed congregation founded on community, not committees. The way forward depAnds on this new model of leadership. "The day of the missionary pastor has come."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787938659
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/15/1997
  • Series: Religion in Practice Series
  • Edition description: JOSSEY-BASS
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,268,794
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

KENNON L. CALLAHAN, researcher, professor, and pastor-is one of today's most sought-after church consultants. He has worked with thousands of congregations around the world and has helped tens of thousands of church leaders and pastors through his dynamic workshops and seminars. Author of many books, he is best known for his groundbreaking study Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, which has formed the basis for the Mission Growth Movement, a widely acclaimed program for church renewal. Callahan has earned the B.A., M.Div., S.T.M., and Ph.D. degrees. His doctorate is in Systematic Theology. He has served both rural and urban congregations in Ohio, Texas, and Georgia and taught for many years at Emory University. Ken and his wife of over forty years, Julie, have two children, Ken and Mike, and three grandchildren, Blake, Mason, and Brice. They enjoy the outdoors, hiking, horseback riding, and camping.

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Table of Contents


The Missionary Pastor.

The Mission Field.

The Mission Outpost.


Life and Leadership.

Life Is a Search.

Leadership, Discovery, Fulfillment.


The Search for Individuality.

The Search for Community.

The Search for Meaning.

The Search for Hope.


Leadership Values.

The Leadership Environment.

A Constructive Perspective.

The Evaluation Process.

Leadership Structures.

Missional Structures.

Church Development.


The Way Forward.

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