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The Pastor and the People: Building a New Partnership for Effective Ministry

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How can the pastor and the congregation best forge a dynamic and productive partnership? What do the most successful churches do to maximize their effectiveness? Answers to these questions and more await you in this revised edition of Lyle E. Schaller's The Pastor and the People.

Every year for the past quarter-century, Lyle E. Schaller has personally visited and studied one hundred to three hundred congregations representing better than three dozen denominations across the ...

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Overview

How can the pastor and the congregation best forge a dynamic and productive partnership? What do the most successful churches do to maximize their effectiveness? Answers to these questions and more await you in this revised edition of Lyle E. Schaller's The Pastor and the People.

Every year for the past quarter-century, Lyle E. Schaller has personally visited and studied one hundred to three hundred congregations representing better than three dozen denominations across the United States and Canada. This extraordinary experience has earned him wisdom and insight that he shares with you here.

Schaller uses the fictitious Reverend Don Johnson -- an embodiment of the most successful pastors Schaller has met -- to explore problems that arise during the "courtship, marriage, and honeymoon" period when a pastor and congregation come together. Church leaders and laity who wonder how successful churches solve common problems will find this book indispensable.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687301355
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1986
  • Edition description: Rev. ed
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.65 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 13
1. Picking a New Pastor 19
2. Picking a New Parish 33
Why? 36
What's the Type? 41
What Are Your Expectations? 43
3. Pastoral Priorities 45
Postscript 51
4. The Intentional Interim Pastorate 56
5. The Pastor's Compensation 65
6. What Do You Pay the Laity? 72
7. Winners and Losers 79
8. Well, Pastor, What Do You Think? 89
The Joint Response 90
The Reactive Approach 90
The Pro-Active Stance 91
Seven Other Questions 92
Three Cautions 95
9. I Need Help! 97
A Key Staff Position 101
The Shrinking Year 101
Generalist or Specialist? 103
Why Not Lay Volunteers? 105
Who Are the Candidates? 107
10. What Happens to the Ex-Leaders? 111
Why Does It Happen? 114
What Is Our Response? 116
11. Who's in Charge Here? 119
Who's in Charge Here? 120
12. Where Are the Visitors? 128
What Does the Building Say? 130
What Is the Reception? 131
Christmas Eve 134
The Schedule 135
Mothers' Club 136
Are Your Members Inviting People? 138
Do You Advertise? 139
What Is the Community Image? 140
Who Is the Pastor? 140
13. Restaurant or Church? 142
The Small Church 145
The Middle-sized Church 145
The Large Church 147
Who Staffs It? 149
Four Concluding Comments 149
14. The Odds in Ministry 151
15. What If It Works? 161
"But He Never Calls" 162
Unpopular Innovations 163
Delegating Responsibility 163
Enabler or Initiator? 164
The AAOEL Club 165
16. Thanking the Pastor's Wife 169
A Beginning Point 171
Housing 172
A Contemporary Response 173
Another Response 174
17. Leaving a Legacy 176
Successor or Predecessor? 180
Notes 188
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