Effective ministry begins here.
You've studied what you think you need to know before entering a career in ministry. Is there anything that is more important than knowing about hermeneutics, homiletics, theology, exegesis, and everything else you have likely learned in seminary and church ministry so far?
Yes, there is. How well do you know yourself?
You need to build your ministry career on the right foundation of an objective understanding of self. If you don't comprehend your strengths and weaknesses, then you won't be fully prepared to enter the crucible of ministry. Serving as a pastor is one of the toughest calls there is. But it can also be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding, especially if you have taken the time to examine both your gifts and vulnerabilities.
The church needs leaders who have the clear-eyed courage to pursue the hardest part of the ministry journey: seeing yourself. The Self-Aware Leader will help you to do just that.
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About the Author
For over twenty-five years, Terry has led and taught about topics related to Christian ministry and organizational oversight. His youth ministry experience includes eight years in parachurch ministry with Youth for Christ and seven years as youth pastor at Hope Missionary Church in Bluffton, Indiana. He has taught at Asbury Theological Seminary, North Park University, Huntington College, Taylor University, and Alliance Graduate School in Quezon City, Philippines. He and his wife Kelly live near South Bend, Indiana, and they have three grown children.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
1. Seeing the Race Before Us
2. Seeing Your Self
3. Seeing Your Past
4. Seeing Your Temptations
5. Seeing Your Emotions
6. Seeing Your Pressures
7. Seeing Your Conflicts
8. Seeing Your Margins
9. Seeing Your Best
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Terry Linhart’s new book, “The Self-Aware Leader: Discovering Your Blind Spots to Reach Your Ministry Potential” offers clearly defined objectives and a clarifying appraisal which encourages for self-reflection and growth. A concise eight chapters, the text is a quick read. This slim volume helps readers, whether in full-time professional ministry or in volunteer role, read and discern places which have the potential to trip them up. It then reveals a vital component of Emotional Intelligence: Self-Awareness. Not for the faint of heart, readers will be challenged to evaluate their current and past responses to their position of service. Applicable to those both in and out of ministry, Linhart cautions readers early in the book “the glance into blind spots is not a self-help pursuit, something we do to be a better ‘me.’ It’s a time of discernment, a humble openness to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, a process that often leads to confession, forgiveness and a new direction” (p. 27). The Self-Aware Leader guides the reader through chapters to assess including the Race Before Us, Self, Your Past, Your Temptations, Your Emotions, Your Pressures, Your Conflicts, and Your Margins; then neatly draws the conclusion that we, as Christian leaders, are not off the hook for fulfilling our purpose. The included self-assessments allow the reader to quickly evaluate where they are misaligning their attitude, habits, and potential hang-ups so that they can reconfigure how to avoid the blind spot in the future. With each insight, Linhart offers Biblical truth and an encouraging, transparent glimpse into his own family and professional life. He encourages effective service with the reminder that the sacrifice does not include an exception to work with in half-hearted attempt. “If our desire is to do our best where God has placed us, then these [practical ideas] are meant to encourage you to run your best” (p. 185). “At the intersection of maturity, Christ-centeredness, and contentedness, we find joy” (p. 105). What else, truth-seekers, could we hope for?
This quote caught my attention as I began to read The Self-Aware Leader: “Over the years, I’ve noticed that few Christian organizations or churches help young leaders systematically and intentionally with their personal development. “page 10. In 35 years of full time Christian ministry, I have seen many pastors and Christian workers leave the ministry for various reasons. Developing self-awareness early on in ministry is a critical skill. This book provides a great resource for all ages of leaders, but especially for leaders in the first 5-10 years of ministry. Online tools are provided along with the book to help leaders assess and address potential blind spots. The Self-Aware Leader is an excellent resource for senior leaders to use with younger staff members. I recommended this resource for small group study.