It's No Secret Serving on a church board can be a tough assignment. Marathon business meetings and petty squabbling can quickly take a toll. But lay leaders aren't the only ones who find board meetings to be a harrowing experience. So do many pastors. Larry Osborne was no exception. Six months into a new pastorate, he found himself embroiled in controversy. Old members left as fast as new ones could be added. He and the board seldom saw eye to eye on anything. Troubled and confused, he set out to find some answers. What were the secrets of an effective leadership team? Could a pastor lead without becoming a dictator? What would it take to develop and maintain a unified board? Could it even be done? Now, many years, board meetings and hours of research later, Pastor Osborne applies tested, no-nonsense wisdom to these and other questions. Whatever your situation...whether your church is in a start-up phase, is small and struggling, or is one of a growing number of so-called mega churches, Larry has been there. As the senior pastor of North Coast Church, he's walked his congregation and board through each stage. Now, in The Unity Factor, he shows us what it takes to develop a healthy leadership team with sensible strategies and warm encouragement. Now with an additional bonus chapter "What Game Are We Playing?"
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Larry writes like a wise, caring mentor, sharing his profoundly simple proven approach to getting your team to work together without splits, shouting matches or a "range war board." If you are a pastor, consider re-reading this book once a year for the rest of your life.
Larry Osborne's message will save a pastor years of frustration with his veteran insights. He's 'Been there and done that' with leaders. He has helped more than once to clarify my leadership strategy. His life and church is living proof he know what he's talking about!
This book could save your from needless conflict and division. Listen and learn from it!
North Coast Church is one of the healthiest congregations I know. One of the big reasons is the solid leadership of its lead pastor, Larry Osborne. The Unity Factor shares excellent principles and insights from the North Coast team that have guided this church for almost 20 years...unlike a lot of books this one gets better with age.
For every pastor and church leader who struggles with people issues, 'The Unity Factor", reminds us that we are on the same team and gives great examples on how we can work together and create healthy churches. I especially appreciated Dr. Osborne's ability to tear down the adversarial attitudes between pastors, lay leaders and board members. Thank you for showing us (pastors) that working with a board can be enjoyable and beneficial and doesn't have to be a miserable and adversarial experience.