Fish or Cut Bait: How Winning Churches Make Decisions

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Through extensive research, Dr. John Kaiser shares the best practices of ten successful congregations. Focusing explicitly on decision-making rather than planning, structure, relationships, or any other host of factors, Fish or Cut Bait outlines how these congregations’ boards/leaders provide both accountability and support for pastors.

Kaiser details the five questions that effective churches use when making healthy decisions to remain true to their mission: What must be done? ...

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Overview

Through extensive research, Dr. John Kaiser shares the best practices of ten successful congregations. Focusing explicitly on decision-making rather than planning, structure, relationships, or any other host of factors, Fish or Cut Bait outlines how these congregations’ boards/leaders provide both accountability and support for pastors.

Kaiser details the five questions that effective churches use when making healthy decisions to remain true to their mission: What must be done? Who says so? Who takes the lead? What's it going to cost? What if there is trouble? He includes the top ten things that the congregation, pastor, staff, board, and tribe need to avoid.

Regardless of size, tongue, tribe, or style—if your congregation wants to go fishing in deeper waters for a spiritual catch, this book will fit nicely in your tackle box.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426700644
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,017,494
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. John Kaiseris president of the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada (fellowship.ca), one of the country’s larger evangelical denominations. Prior to that appointment he developed and directed GHC Network (ghcnetwork.org), a movement for growing healthy congregations, under the auspices of the American Baptist Churches of the West (abcw.org), based in Northern California. In the 1980s and 90s, he successfully founded and led both a midsize church and a large church in Florida with the Evangelical Free Church of America.

John consults, trains, and coaches leaders of churches, nonprofit organizations, and denominations across North America, New Zealand, and Australia. He lives near Toronto with Lee, his wife of 27 years. They have two adult children, Ben and Ruth. John holds a B.A. from Bryan College, an M.A. and M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a D.Min. from Denver Seminary.

For resources and information related to John’s consulting, training, and writing, check out www.accountableleadership.org.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Dan Southerland xiii

Preface xv

Introduction 1

Everybody has a list

The church in Acts was winning

Consider three essentials

Which is most important?

There are better questions

Where this book is going

Summary and preview

Part 1 First Get the Big Questions Right

Chapter 1 Five Value Choices 17

Big choices make hard choices easier

The trap of paper values

The trap of values in a vacuum

Introducing the big five questions

Summary and preview

Chapter 2 What Must Be Done? 27

Chapter 3 Who Says So? 37

Chapter 4 Who Takes the Lead? 45

Chapter 5 What's It Going to Cost? 57

Good decisions use resources productively

Raise the rent

Bring on the planters

Extreme makeover

In tent on a mission

Cheap, cheap, cheap is for the birds

Summary and preview

Chapter 6 What If There's Trouble? 65

Good decisions confront dysfunction

Taking one to the chest

Release the hostages

Bored on the board

Wait a minute, Mr. Postman

Unfaithful wounds

Summary and preview

Part 2 Then Get the Devil Out of the Details

Chapter 7 The Art of Application 75

Review of the big five

Values without application aren't values

Overview of Part 2

Every context is the same: it's unique

Summary and preview

Chapter 8 Who Decides What 83

The tribe decides what to reinforce

The church decides on the decision makers

The pastor decides the strategic direction

The board decides the purpose and parameters

The staff decides the operations and tactics

Clear expectations make a difference

Summary and preview

Chapter 9 Best Practices for Typical Decisions 99

Hiring the lead pastor

Firing the lead pastor

Developing property and buildings

Creating annual budgets

Staffing for success

Setting up the board

Managing programs

Maintaining bylaws

Managing membership

Exercising church discipline

Starting congregations

Choosing mission partners

Summary and preview

Chapter 10 A Catalog of Dysfunctions to Avoid 123

Top ten dysfunctions at the congregation level

Top ten dysfunctions at the board level

Top ten dysfunctions at the lead pastor level

Top ten dysfunctions at the staff level

Top ten dysfunctions at the tribe level

Summary and preview

Conclusion 137

Encore presentation

A final caveat

Additional resources

Encore presentation

A final caveat

Additional resources

Appendix Profiles of Ten Winning Churches 147

Notes 151

Bibliography 155

About the Author 157

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    OK Read. Some Good Points to think about

    Pretty good book but I think some of the principals are better suited for larger churches.

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