American churches are experiencing a power shortage, declare the authors of Living Your Strengths. “People aren’t harnessing the power of their innate gifts.”
Does this message sound familiar? Have you felt disconnected from your church lately? Are you not attending as much?
Or maybe you’re a passionate member who wants to become even more involved, and you would also like to inspire others.
Whatever the case, more than half of churchgoers report that they don’t get to do what they do best in their congregations. And this is driving people away.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Living Your Strengths shows all members how to use their innate gifts to enrich their congregations — right now. It teaches you to identify and affirm your talents and how to use them for growth and service.
The apostle Paul wrote: “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” He meant that every individual — every member — plays a role in energizing and shaping the Church.
Living Your Strengths will help you find your role — and, most importantly, it will inspire you to discover your true calling.
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About the Author
Al Winseman is Global Practice Leader for Faith-Based Organizations for The Gallup Organization. Since joining Gallup in 2000 to develop this new practice area, Winseman has led research into the characteristics of effective congregations. Prior to joining Gallup, Winseman served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church for 15 years. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with his wife, Jane, and their two daughters, Julie and Kaleigh.
Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D., (1924-2003) was past chairman of The Gallup Organization and coauthor of the national bestseller Now, Discover Your Strengths and other books. He was named the Grandfather of Positive Psychology and the Father of Strengths Psychology by the American Psychological Association. He is survived by his wife Shirley, four children, and nine grandchildren.
Curt Liesveld is a Senior Developmental Analyst, Consultant and Seminar Leader for The Gallup Organization. Since joining the company in 1999, Liesveld has led leadership and management seminars for many of Gallup’s clients in the corporate, education, church, and government sectors. Prior to joining Gallup he was a church leader and pastor in the Reformed Church in America for 23 years. Liesveld lives with his wife, Rosanne, in Lincoln, Nebraska