The Twelve Keys Leaders' Guide

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In his groundbreaking Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, Kennon Callahan identifies and examines the essential characteristics of successful, growing churches and offers congregations a way to unlock their potential for effective ministry. Now a classic, his widely praised book provides solid, practical guidelines and tools to help any church assess itself in each of the twelve key areas, correct deficiencies, build on existing strengths, and track its overall progress.Twelve Keys to an Effective Church: The ...

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Overview

In his groundbreaking Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, Kennon Callahan identifies and examines the essential characteristics of successful, growing churches and offers congregations a way to unlock their potential for effective ministry. Now a classic, his widely praised book provides solid, practical guidelines and tools to help any church assess itself in each of the twelve key areas, correct deficiencies, build on existing strengths, and track its overall progress.Twelve Keys to an Effective Church: The Leaders' Guide is an indispensable, step-by-step companion volume that helps church leaders create and implement their long-range plan. It shows them how to examine the strengths and weaknesses of their local church and move their congregation toward action, accomplishment, and success. This valuable guide thoroughly explains the basic principles and dynamics of the planning process. And it systematically covers all the guidelines that the pastor, church staff, and committee members will need to organize their own Twelve Keys program.The Leaders' Guide is divided into three parts. Part One contains the resources needed for developing a long-range plan. Part Two shows how to launch, move forward, and accomplish that long-range plan. And Part Three focuses on the four human dynamics at work in the local church—or in any group of people—that must be considered as the plan develops and the congregation moves forward to achieve it.Callahan writes, "The purpose of Twelve Keys: The Leaders' Guide is to help you help your church move toward action, accomplishment, and achievement, not more planning, more meetings, and longer reports. The Leaders' Guide is designed to provide you with the principles and resources to help your church decide its long-range plan in a timely, straightforward, streamlined way."Twelve Keys to an Effective Church is regarded as the most useful and comprehensive long-range planning resource available. Since it was first publis

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Editorial Reviews

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"The church has had to wait too long for this indispensable material. Dr. Callahan's careful attention to detail and practical church programming is balanced by a depth of theological understanding and an earnest desire to help the church move from maintenance to mission. This book will give direction to the church for many years to come." (George Morris, Institute for World Evangelism)

"[An] excellent book for churches that are contemplating renewal.... [Callahan] understands the need for objective, measurable, and workable methods." (The Presbyterian Survey)

"Callahan has produced a book which should, for many years, be an effective guide for local congregations.... The book is realistic and does not place upon a congregation impossible demands, but holds to realistic hopes.... This book is useful for pastors and employed staff. It can be used by the various organizations within the church. Each organization would do well to read [it]." (Perkins Journal)

"This very readable book offers a step-by-step, how-to approach to its subject.... Clear, concise,...[it] must certainly be judged a valuable contribution to the task of congregational long-range planning." (The Christian Century)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787938703
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/21/1997
  • Edition description: 1ST JOSSEY
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

KENNON L. CALLAHAN, PH.D. — researcher, professor, and pastor — is one of today's most sought-after church consultants. He has worked with thousands of congregations around the world and has helped tens of thousands of church leaders and pastors through his dynamic workshops and seminars. Author of many books, he is best known for his groundbreaking study Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, which has formed the basis for the Mission Growth Movement, a widely acclaimed program for church renewal. Callahan has earned the B.A., M.Div., S.T.M., and Ph.D. degrees. His doctorate is in Systematic Theology. He has served both rural and urban congregations in Ohio, Texas, and Georgia and taught for many years at Emory University. Ken and his wife of over forty years, Julie, have two children, Ken and Mike, and three grandchildren, Blake, Mason, and Brice. They enjoy the outdoors, hiking, horseback riding, and camping.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Leaders and Long-range Planning.

Part One: Resources for Long-range Planning.

1. The Four Stages and Six Sessions.

2. Timelines, Objectives, and Long-range Planning.

3. The Major Qualitative Resources for Long-range Planning.

4. The Four Invitational Questions.

5. What to Listen For and Look For.

6. Principles for Participation.

Part Two: Resources for Action, Implementation, and Momentum.

7. An Effective Long-range Plan.

8. Leaders and Key Objectives.

9. Motivational Resources.

10. Leadership Development: Focusing on the Middle Third.

11. Excellent Mistakes and Objectives Worth Not Doing.

12. Prayer: Vision and Hope.

Part Three: Four Dynamics to Consider.

13. Memory, Change, Conflict, and Hope.

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