Leader's Journey: Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation / Edition 1

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Many books describe elements of church leadership— what it is and how to do it— but very few focus on the process of personal transformation that is central to being able to lead well. The Leader's Journey provides a blueprint and the practical tools needed to transform the lives of pastors and congregational lay leaders so that they can become truly effective leaders. Blending the best of sound psychological research, solid Biblical principles, and proven congregational experiences— authors Jim Herrington, Robert Creech, and Trisha Taylor offer step-by-step guidance for engaging in the personal transformation journey as part of effective congregational leadership.

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What People Are Saying

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"The Leader's Journey is a gift that issues from theauthors' unflagging commitment to the ministry of the church and alove for the church's leaders who labor faithfully for the church."
— J. Bradley Creed, provost and professor of religion,Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

"The Leader's Journey made my brain sweat (fresh ways tothink) and filled my heart with hope (the possibility oftransformation). This is not a quick-fix disappointment. Enjoy thepathway— it's transforming."
— Jared Roth, vice president and COO, International Churchof the Foursquare Gospel

"We need leaders who lead from the inside out with a life ofmoral integrity, personal accountability experienced in authenticcommunity, and who call others to follow them into the journey oftransformational change. This book is a must read for those whowant help in taking this journey."
— Dr. Jack Dennison, founder, CitiReach International,Colorado Springs, Colorado

"This book is a much-needed addition to the field of pastoralleadership. It does a marvelous job of taking insights from familysystems theory, fusing them with solid Biblical theology, andmaking these concepts practical and accessible for pastors."
— Dr. Jim Jackson, pastor, Chapelwood United MethodistChurch,
Houston, Texas

"Instead of giving us leadership techniques to be applied toothers, the authors provide practical principles and personalstories of how leaders can manage themselves instead of others.This is a book pastors and congregational leaders need toread."
— Bill Easum, president, Easum, Bandy, & Associates

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787962661
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/23/2003
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series, #8
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 757,791
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Herrington is a pastor, author, and conference leader. He serves as the pastor of Harbor Church, a network of house churches in Houston, Texas— Montrose Community. He is a coauthor of Leading Congregational Change (Jossey-Bass). Robert Creech has been senior pastor of the University Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, since 1987. Trisha Taylor is a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and practices through the Union Baptist Association Center for Counseling in Houston, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Call to Personal Transformation
1 The Need for Personal Transformation 3
2 Following Jesus on the Leadership Journey 14
Pt. 2 Leading Living Systems
3 Understanding the System 29
4 Thinking Systems, Watching Process 49
5 Becoming a Calm Leader 67
Pt. 3 Family Patterns
6 Going Home Again 87
7 The Nuclear Family 103
Pt. 4 The Spirit and the Journey
8 The Spiritual Disciplines and the Path to Transformation 129
9 Learning Communities 143
Epilogue 157
App. A Constructing a Family Diagram 159
App. B An Overview of Key Spiritual Disciplines 163
Recommended Reading 165
Glossary 169
Bibliography 173
The Authors 175
About Leadership Network 177
Index 179
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