Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First: Rediscovering Ministry

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At the heart of this book lie two key ideas: First, you can't give what you don't have. It is imperative that pastors keep close to their call, close to their mission, and close to God. In other words, leaders must take care of themselves before they can do anything for anyone else. And second, the ministry of pastors is not to fulfill all the tasks of ministry themselves, but rather to equip others for their own ministry. This book is not for those who want "ministry as usual." Rather, it is for those who want ...

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Overview

At the heart of this book lie two key ideas: First, you can't give what you don't have. It is imperative that pastors keep close to their call, close to their mission, and close to God. In other words, leaders must take care of themselves before they can do anything for anyone else. And second, the ministry of pastors is not to fulfill all the tasks of ministry themselves, but rather to equip others for their own ministry. This book is not for those who want "ministry as usual." Rather, it is for those who want to rediscover that primal, original moment with God that left them feeling as if they could change the world—or for those who want to discover that call for the first time. For such seekers, this book can serve as a guide along their journey.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687000784
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Pages: 175
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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Bill Easum isPresident of 21st-Century Strategies,a church consulting and nurturing firm. One of the most widely sought advisers on congregational health and vitality in North America, he has over 30 years of congregational experience, with approximately 25 years' experience as a pastor. One of the most respected voices on emerging forms of ministry and congregational life, he is the author of several books, including Unfreezing Moves, Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First, Go Big!, (with Bil Cornelius), and Ministry in Hard Times (with Bill Tenny-Brtiian), all published by Abingdon Press.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 A challenge to all Christians 13
Ch. 2 Being frazzled wasn't one of Jesus' strong points 27
Ch. 3 Convergence factors 37
Ch. 4 The experience that changes everything 43
Ch. 5 Misdirected calls 57
Ch. 6 What if I haven't yet discovered my call? 63
Ch. 7 Five leadership styles : which one matches your call? 77
Ch. 8 Does your context fit your call and style? 93
Ch. 9 Does your skill set match your call? 101
Ch. 10 My personal mission statement 117
App. 1 My journal 125
App. 2 Opportunities for withdrawal 127
App. 3 Alternative careers for today's distressed clergy 131
App. 4 Faith at work guidelines for groups 151
App. 5 Changing your enabler style 153
App. 6 The problem with mercy gifts 159
App. 7 Turnaround leaders 167
App. 8 The small dysfunctional church 171
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