Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders / Edition 1by Reggie McNeal
Pub. Date: 03/28/2000
No religious leader can thrive without having heart for the job. But in these times of unpredictability-caught up in trying to help others maintain their hearts-few complete their ministries without sometimes neglecting their own spiritual needs.Reggie McNeal proposes that effective spiritual leaders must become experts in matters of the heart-particularly their
No religious leader can thrive without having heart for the job. But in these times of unpredictability-caught up in trying to help others maintain their hearts-few complete their ministries without sometimes neglecting their own spiritual needs.Reggie McNeal proposes that effective spiritual leaders must become experts in matters of the heart-particularly their own. Maintaining heart for the demanding work of ministry hinges on leaders' ability to discern God at work in their own lives, shaping their hearts to embrace the particular ministries to which they are called. This process of finding heart depAnds on an interactive partnership with God. God introduces the storyline-but the leader's responses affect the development of the drama.To demonstrate these points, McNeal leads readers on an excursion into the heart-shaping drama of four major Biblical leaders: Moses, David, Jesus, and Paul. He identifies the influences God used to shape them: Culture-the times and the environment in which a leader is raised; Call-the leader's personal call by God to mission; Community-the people who shape and sustain the leader; Communion-the leader's personal relationship with God; Conflict-the leader's engagement of destructive forces in life and ministry; and Commonplace-the daily choices of living. Using illustrative stories of contemporary church leaders who opened their hearts to God's guidance, McNeal shows how God is still using these same influences to shape the hearts of religious leaders today.God creates leaders in order to share his heart with his people. Spiritual formation in the life of the leader is not just a private matter. It has impact on the leader's constellation of followers and may extAnd beyond the leader's own life and lifetime. A Work of Heart is designed to help leaders develop the critical self-understanding they need to fulfill their life assignments from God.[back cover]Spiritual leaders must become experts in matters of the he
Table of Contents
Introduction: Looking for God in All the Right Places.
Part 1: How God Shaped Moses, David, Paul, and Jesus for Leadership.
1. Moses: A Heart on a Mission.
2. David: A Heart After God.
3. Paul: A Heart Captured by God.
4. Jesus: The Heartbeat of God.
Part 2: Recognizing God's Shaping Work in Our Own Lives.
5. Culture: Meeting the World.
6. Call: Figuring Out Why We Are Here.
7. Community: Connecting with Others' Hearts.
8. Communion: Rehearsing for Eternity.
9. Conflict: Learning to Die So We Can Live.
10. Commonplace: Discovering That the Ordinary Is Extra-Ordinary.
Conclusion: Collaborating with God's Heart-Shaping Project.
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