Replenish: Leading from a Healthy Soul

Replenish: Leading from a Healthy Soul


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Every leader functions on two stages--the front stage or public world, and the back stage or private world. One cannot lead successfully front stage when one is completely depleted back stage. In a time when pastors are leaving the ministry in record numbers due to cynicism, disillusionment, weariness, and personal scandals, there is an urgent need for soul care in the private lives of leaders.

Replenish helps leaders focus on the back stage, the interior life, in order to remain spiritually healthy. In a caring, encouraging tone, it will show pastors how to

prioritize matters of the soul
develop healthy spiritual practices
address problems that lead to burnout
create a healthy rhythm in their lives
improve their people skills and the spiritual climate of their team
develop better systems in their churches
discover how to lead an unhurried life

For the many ministry leaders who feel alone, in over their heads, or simply worn out, this book will offer welcome relief and a healthy way forward.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801013546
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 533,813
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Founder and leader of Replenish Ministries, Lance Witt has served for over twenty-five years as a local church pastor and twenty years as a senior pastor. He served as an executive pastor for Saddleback Church and helped develop and lead the 40 Days of Purpose and 40 Days of Community campaigns. He teaches at national and international conferences on topics such as small groups, spiritual formation, preaching, and leadership. Lance has an MDiv from Criswell Seminary and a DMin from Denver Seminary and lives with his wife, Connie, in Texas.

Table of Contents

Foreword John Ortberg 9

Preface 11


1 The Idolatry of Leadership 17

2 Hole in My Soul 23

3 Your Ministry Is Not Your Life 29

De-Toxing Your Soul

4 Image Management 35

5 Seduction of Ambition 39

6 Ambition Ambush 45

7 Approval Addiction 49

8 Isolation Trap 53

9 Need for Speed 57

10 Fatigued, Frazzled, and Fried 61

11 It's Not All About the Weekend 67

Start Here ... Start Now

12 Pit Stops Required 73

13 What Kind of Old Person Do I Want to Be? 79

14 It's All About the Groom 83

15 The Call No One Wants to Get 87

16 Simplicity Is Not Simple 93

17 Feel the Rhythm 97

18 iPhones and Your Soul 101

19 70% of Pastors Don't Have One 105

20 Identity Theft 109

21 Death to Dancing Bears 113

22 Does Your Soul Have a Backbone? 117

Sustaining a Lifetime of Health

23 The Art of Doing Nothing 125

24 Say Yes by Saying No 131

25 Noise-Canceling Headphones for the Soul 135

26 The Most Embarrassing Gap-in My Leadership 142

27 Humility and Hubris 147

28 Stay in Touch With Your Dark Side 153

29 A Valuable Lesson From Alcoholics Anonymous 157

30 Practicing the Presence of People 163

31 Paying Attention 167

32 Shock Absorbers for the Soul 171

33 The Blessing of Voice and the Voice of Blessing 177

34 The Gift of Loitering 181

Building Healthy Teams

35 "Team" Doesn't Have an "I," But It Does Have a "YOU" 187

36 Is Your Team Culture More Corporate Than Christlike? 193

37 Speak the Unspoken Rules 199

38 Show Up and Speak Up 203

39 Are Your Systems Vitamins or Toxins? 207

40 Going Beyond Alignment to Attunement 213

41 Ten Commandments of Technology and Team 229

Epilogue: Bringing Your Soul Back to Life 225

Notes 227

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