Replenish: Leading from a Healthy Soul

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"Lance Witt understands both the dynamics of church ministry and the interior landscape of the soul. He has written wise counsel that addresses directly and transparently those parasites that seek to feed on a church leader's spirit."--John Ortberg, author, The Me I Want to Be

Every leader functions on two stages--the front stage and the back stage. The front stage is the public world of leadership. The back stage is the private world of the ...
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Overview

"Lance Witt understands both the dynamics of church ministry and the interior landscape of the soul. He has written wise counsel that addresses directly and transparently those parasites that seek to feed on a church leader's spirit."--John Ortberg, author, The Me I Want to Be

Every leader functions on two stages--the front stage and the back stage. The front stage is the public world of leadership. The back stage is the private world of the leader. There are many resources to help you succeed on the front stage. But who is talking to you about you and your backstage life?

In a caring, encouraging tone, Replenish shows you how to:

prioritize matters of the soul
develop healthy spiritual practices
address problems that lead to burnout
create a healthy rhythm in your life
craft a healthy leadership culture
develop better systems in your church
move toward an unhurried life

If you ever feel alone, in over your head, or simply in need of replenishment, this book will offer welcome relief and a healthy way forward.

"Like many in ministry, I've found myself drowning in techniques and tools to the neglect of my soul. Lance Witt has thrown a life preserver with a perfect toss. Grab on and let him pull you back to Jesus."--Will Mancini, author, Church Unique; founder of Auxano

"I will be taking our entire church staff through this book."--Todd Mullins, lead pastor, Christ Fellowship, West Palm Beach, Florida

"I think every leader should read this book at least once a year to recalibrate what we do with how and why we do it."--Chip Ingram, pastor, Venture Church; president of Living on the Edge

Founder of Replenish Ministries, Lance Witt is often called a "pastor's pastor." He has served for over thirty years as a pastor, twenty as a senior pastor. He also served as an executive and teaching pastor at Saddleback Church. Lance helped develop and lead the 40 Days of Purpose and 40 Days of Community campaigns. He and his wife, Connie, have two married children and love doing ministry together.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801013546
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 580,451
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Founder and leader of Replenish Ministries, Lance Witt has served for over twenty-five years as a local church pastor and twenty years as a senior pastor. He served as an executive pastor for Saddleback Church and helped develop and lead the 40 Days of Purpose and 40 Days of Community campaigns. He teaches at national and international conferences on topics such as small groups, spiritual formation, preaching, and leadership. Lance has an MDiv from Criswell Seminary and a DMin from Denver Seminary and lives with his wife, Connie, in Texas.
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Table of Contents

Foreword John Ortberg 9

Preface 11

Introduction

1 The Idolatry of Leadership 17

2 Hole in My Soul 23

3 Your Ministry Is Not Your Life 29

De-Toxing Your Soul

4 Image Management 35

5 Seduction of Ambition 39

6 Ambition Ambush 45

7 Approval Addiction 49

8 Isolation Trap 53

9 Need for Speed 57

10 Fatigued, Frazzled, and Fried 61

11 It's Not All About the Weekend 67

Start Here ... Start Now

12 Pit Stops Required 73

13 What Kind of Old Person Do I Want to Be? 79

14 It's All About the Groom 83

15 The Call No One Wants to Get 87

16 Simplicity Is Not Simple 93

17 Feel the Rhythm 97

18 iPhones and Your Soul 101

19 70% of Pastors Don't Have One 105

20 Identity Theft 109

21 Death to Dancing Bears 113

22 Does Your Soul Have a Backbone? 117

Sustaining a Lifetime of Health

23 The Art of Doing Nothing 125

24 Say Yes by Saying No 131

25 Noise-Canceling Headphones for the Soul 135

26 The Most Embarrassing Gap-in My Leadership 142

27 Humility and Hubris 147

28 Stay in Touch With Your Dark Side 153

29 A Valuable Lesson From Alcoholics Anonymous 157

30 Practicing the Presence of People 163

31 Paying Attention 167

32 Shock Absorbers for the Soul 171

33 The Blessing of Voice and the Voice of Blessing 177

34 The Gift of Loitering 181

Building Healthy Teams

35 "Team" Doesn't Have an "I," But It Does Have a "YOU" 187

36 Is Your Team Culture More Corporate Than Christlike? 193

37 Speak the Unspoken Rules 199

38 Show Up and Speak Up 203

39 Are Your Systems Vitamins or Toxins? 207

40 Going Beyond Alignment to Attunement 213

41 Ten Commandments of Technology and Team 229

Epilogue: Bringing Your Soul Back to Life 225

Notes 227

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