Spiritual Maturity: Preserving Congregational Health and Balance

Spiritual Maturity: Preserving Congregational Health and Balance

by Frank A. Thomas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0800630866

ISBN-13: 9780800630867

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishing

Like all human bodies, the body of Christ that we call "church" needs to attend to its health or it may become ill. Renowned pastor, preacher, and teacher Frank Thomas believes that many congregations exhibit a number of dysfunctional habits in conducting business that lead to rifts, divides, and even congregational splits. Often they are caused by leadership…  See more details below

Overview

Like all human bodies, the body of Christ that we call "church" needs to attend to its health or it may become ill. Renowned pastor, preacher, and teacher Frank Thomas believes that many congregations exhibit a number of dysfunctional habits in conducting business that lead to rifts, divides, and even congregational splits. Often they are caused by leadership styles that are ineffective and controlling. Thomas examines how poor congregational leadership is often the result of personality conflicts among leaders and how many key leaders-both clergy and lay- participate in keeping unhealthy methods alive.

Thomas's book will help lay and clergy leaders improve the health of their congregation by taking a close look at the styles of church leadership, methods of information flow, and levels of participation that exist within the body. Thomas offers a holistic solution based on a model of spiritual maturity for creating and preserving a healthy congregation.

About the Author

Frank A. Thomas is Senior Pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Church, Disciples of Christ, located in Memphis, Tennessee. A prominent preacher and speaker on subjects of church administration and homiletics, he has also authored They Like to Never Quit Praisin' God: The Role of Celebration in Preaching (1997).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800630867
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress Publishing
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Series:
Prisms: New Insights for Christian Leaders Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
Module 1The Call to the Victorious Christian Life5
Lesson 1The Call to the VCL5
Lesson 2The Few, the Proud, the Victorious7
Lesson 3Overcoming the Fear of Freedom9
Module 2The Mature Self15
Lesson 1The Sin of Playing Victim15
Lesson 2The Sin of Playing Savior18
Lesson 3The Dance of Immaturity22
Lesson 4Walk into the Storm24
Module 3The Mature Church Member27
Lesson 1The Privilege of Participation27
Lesson 2Love and the Privilege of Participation34
Lesson 3Abuse by Secrets36
Lesson 4Abuse by Scapegoating41
Lesson 5The Illusion of Participation44
Lesson 6Separation Anxiety48
Lesson 7Mobilizing by Initiative51
Module 4The Mature Church Leader57
The Story59
Lesson 1Prayer as the Vehicle to Clarity66
Lesson 2Decisiveness Is Faith at Work69
Lesson 3The Courage to Lead71
The Mature Leader86
Epilogue91
AppThe Statement of Health, Balance, and Maturity in Congregational Life93
Notes97

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