Leading and Managing a Growing Church

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Most pastors are comfortable with the role of leader. Inspiring people and helping them discover and make use of their own gifts are tasks to which ministers generally feel called. Too many pastors and church leaders, however, forget that along with skills at leadership must come at least some acquaintance with the work of managing staff (whether it be paid or voluntary) and resources. What are the chief qualities and functions of a leader? Why are management skills necessary for an effective leader? Most ...

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Overview

Most pastors are comfortable with the role of leader. Inspiring people and helping them discover and make use of their own gifts are tasks to which ministers generally feel called. Too many pastors and church leaders, however, forget that along with skills at leadership must come at least some acquaintance with the work of managing staff (whether it be paid or voluntary) and resources. What are the chief qualities and functions of a leader? Why are management skills necessary for an effective leader? Most important, how can pastors and other church leaders adapt these insights to their particular work as servants of the church?

In Leading & Managing a Growing Church, George Hunter brings together insights from the best writers and thinkers on leadership and management, and presents them in a brief, accessible introduction. With the clarity and style that is his trademark, he explores the most important ideas to emerge from leadership and management studies, and demonstrates how they can be put in the service of congregational vitality and growth.

Key Features: • Brings together insights from the best thinkers on leadership and management, and shows how these insights can be put in the service of congregational vitality and growth • Written by a well-known and highly respected author

Key Benefits: • Provides readers quick access to the best and most relevant insights of recent studies in leadership and management • Helps readers understand the need of church leaders to possess certain crucial management and leadership skills • Shows readers how to put these skills and insights into practice in the service of the church

GEORGE G. HUNTER III is Dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism and Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. A sought-after preacher and lecturer, he is the author of the bestselling Church for the Unchurched, How to Reach Secular People, and The Celtic Way of Evangelism, all published by Abingdon Press.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687024254
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

George G. Hunter III is Distinguished Professor and Emeritus of Asbury Theological Seminary’s School of World Mission and Evangelism, where he served as Dean for 18 years and Distinguished Professor for 10 years. He served as the founding dean of Asbury's E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism. A sought-after speaker and workshop leader, he is one of the country's foremost experts on evangelism and church growth. He has written over a dozen books, including How To Reach Secular People, Church for the Unchurched, The Celtic Way of Evangelism, Leading and Managing a Growing Church, Radical Outreach: Recovering Apostolic Ministry and Evangelism, Christian, Evangelical and . . . Democrat?, The Apostolic Congregation: Church Growth Reconceived for a New Generation, and The Recovery of a Contagious Methodist Movement—all published by Abingdon Press.
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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Ch. 1 Why Any Church Leader Needs to Know the Principles of Management 13
Ch. 2 A Defense of Management to Its "Spiritual Despisers" 21
Ch. 3 Standing on the Shoulders of Moses 29
Ch. 4 The Management Perspective: Roots, Questions, Tasks 34
Ch. 5 Situation Analysis for the Local Church 39
Ch. 6 Strategic Planning for Church Growth 57
Ch. 7 Organizing People and Resources to Achieve the Church's Apostolic Purpose 80
Ch. 8 Delegating Kingdom Work to the People of God - with Performance Standards and Appraisal 90
Ch. 9 Why We Cannot Neglect Development, Controls, and Incentives 102
Ch. 10 The "Breakthrough Project' Way to Manage a Church Turnaround 110
App The Hunter Congregational Health Questionnaire 137
Notes 147
Index 153
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