Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion [NOOK Book]

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Wayne Cordeiro found himself paralyzed by burnout. He had been in ministry for 30 years, and 10 years after founding what is now the largest church in Hawaii, he found himself depleted. Wayne took a season out of his growing ministry to recharge and refocus on the truly important. He was able to get back in touch with his life, get back in proper balance, and re-energize his spirit through Christ in a way that propelled him forward to greater levels of service. Wayne first gave this message at a recent Willow ...
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Overview

Wayne Cordeiro found himself paralyzed by burnout. He had been in ministry for 30 years, and 10 years after founding what is now the largest church in Hawaii, he found himself depleted. Wayne took a season out of his growing ministry to recharge and refocus on the truly important. He was able to get back in touch with his life, get back in proper balance, and re-energize his spirit through Christ in a way that propelled him forward to greater levels of service. Wayne first gave this message at a recent Willow Creek Leadership Summit, where it was the highest-rated presentation by those in attendance.

Pulling no punches, Wayne talks about the walls leaders must break through and how to move on with integrity. Included are ways to care for oneself physically and emotionally as well as spiritually.
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Rhett Smith
"Recently I read the book Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion by Wayne Cordeiro, who is the Senior Pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii. Wayne's book is a great read, and it's not only very authentic, vulnerable and insightful, but he provides some great steps and resources for those who may be suffering through burnout and depression.... This is such an important topic, and I think one that needs to be talked about more in church ministry, especially among leaders. But it must not only be talked about, but action must be taken to move leaders to a more healthy place of leadership. If Christian leaders do not model a healthy life, then what exactly are they modeling?

Wayne helps leaders assess what burnout and failure looks like, but he also provides a roadmap for how they can get back on track. His seven hard lessons seem obvious, but unfortunately they don't become obvious except in hindsight for many of us.

Wayne also does a great job of talking about some actions that one can take such as sabbaticals, and he provides some important resources (counseling centers, camps, retreats, books, etc.) for leaders to access. I think if more leaders would read this book, and learn some important lessons ahead of time, as well as possibly finding a partner in their own burnout (such as Wayne), then they will find themselves in a much more healthy leadership position than before."--(Rhett Smith, Leadership Network (LeadNet.org))
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441207425
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 170,400
  • File size: 308 KB

Meet the Author

Wayne Cordeiro is founder and senior pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii, one of the nation's fastest growing churches. Wayne is an author, songwriter, and highly sought-after conference speaker around the world. His books include The Divine Mentor, Doing Church as a Team, and Attitudes That Attract Success. He is a church planter at heart and has helped to plant over 100 churches in the Pacific Rim. Wayne and his wife, Anna, have three children and live in Honolulu.
Wayne Cordeiro is founding pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii, with more than 14,500 in weekly attendance as well as an author, songwriter, and highly sought-after speaker. He has authored ten books, including The Divine Mentor, Leading on Empty, and Doing Church as a Team. He is a church planter at heart and has helped to plant more than 100 churches around the world. He has been featured in numerous media outlets including Focus on the Family, Outreach, and Ministry Today. Wayne and his wife, Anna, have three children and several grandchildren. Wayne and Anna now split their time between Hawaii and Eugene, Oregon, where they have a family farm.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Preface 11

Introduction 13

Chapter 1 When the Needle Points to Empty 17

Chapter 2 Forced to Failure 31

Chapter 3 Power Perfected in Weakness 43

Chapter 4 Early Warning Signs 59

Chapter 5 Solitary Refinement 69

Chapter 6 Finding the Still Waters 87

Chapter 7 The New Perspective 101

Chapter 8 Seven Lessons Hard-Learned 113

Chapter 9 Finding the Way Back Home 145

Chapter 10 The Intentional Life 165

Chapter 11 Finding Solitude in Sabbaticals 183

Afterword 203

Notes 207

Appendix: Retreat Centers and Counselors 209

Books for the Journey 213

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    Awesome book to refocus on your calling and understanding where burnout comes from.

    I'm an A/G minister in Puerto Rico and I experienced the burnout at a serious level once. I saw the symptoms coming up recently and was afraid on going again through that road. This book came sent from heaven to open the eyes of my soul and focus in the 5% and not the 95. I recommend this book for every pastor, leader and future ones coming in to ministry to read. There are some things that are not learn in seminary. Only walking with our Heavenly father and the experiences we have with him on the way will teach us in how to refill our tanks. I'll use this book for a upcoming conference in our men's ministry at church.

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

    Honest Help for Leaders to Finish Well

    As a pastor of 30 years I can highly recommend this book to you. It hits me at a critical time or recalibration in my own life. My only regret is that I did not have this about 20 years ago. In "Leading On Empty", Wayne Cordeiro is the type of leader many of us aspire to be. He has the goods! In this book he writes out of his personal experience with burnout a few years ago. <BR/>It is not often that those who go through such seasons end up with the privilege of continuing to lead and serve well. I am on my second read and using many of the lessons here as the basis for the recalibrating I am doing - it is a goldmine. I am also buying copies to give to younger secular and religious leaders I know. If you are looking for a clinical thesis on burnout, this may not be it, but if you have been looking for practical guidance now and preventive measures for down the road, this is it. If you want to lead well and finish well - please get this book.

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    Posted July 10, 2012

    5 stars!

    A must read for anyone in ministry. This book helped me remember where my priorities should be again!

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