Winning on Purpose: How to Organize Congregations to Succeed in Their Mission

Winning on Purpose: How to Organize Congregations to Succeed in Their Mission


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  • Do you really want the mission to succeed?
  • Are you prepared to live within clear boundaries?
  • Are you ready to align yourself with a greater purpose?
  • Do you have what it takes?

Winning on Purpose offers leaders a way to organize congregations for success by creating structures that enable church life and health. As a comprehensive and powerful application of the biblical call to mission, Winning on Purpose sets forth the Accountable Leadership strategy. This model of leadership brings together standards for mission, boundaries, and accountability, and then shows how these standards come to life through the performance of four key players: the board, the pastor, the staff, and the congregation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780687495023
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 03/11/2013
Series: Convergence Ebook Series
Edition description: Paperback
Pages: 186
Sales rank: 635,905
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Dr. John E. Kaiseris president of the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada (, one of the country’s larger evangelical denominations. Prior to that appointment he developed and directed GHC Network (, a movement for growing healthy congregations, under the auspices of the American Baptist Churches of the West (, based in Northern California. In the 1980s and 90s, he successfully founded and led both a midsize church and a large church in Florida with the Evangelical Free Church of America.

John consults, trains, and coaches leaders of churches, nonprofit organizations, and denominations across North America, New Zealand, and Australia. He lives near Toronto with Lee, his wife of 27 years. They have two adult children, Ben and Ruth. John holds a B.A. from Bryan College, an M.A. and M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a D.Min. from Denver Seminary.

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Tom Bandy is an internationally recognized consultant and leadership coach, working across the spectrum of church traditions, theological perspectives, and cultural contexts. He is the author of numerous books on leadership and lifestyle expectations for ministry, including See, Know, and Serve, Worship Ways, and Spiritual Leadership. He mentors pastors and denominational leaders in North America, Europe, and Australia. He also teaches, blogs, and publishes academically in the Theology of Culture. Learn more at and

Bill Easum is President of The Effective Church Group, a church consulting and coaching firm. One of the most widely sought advisers on congregational health and vitality in North America, he has over 30 years of congregational experience, with approximately 25 years' experience as a pastor. One of the most respected voices on emerging forms of ministry and congregational life, he is the author of several books, including Unfreezing Moves, Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First, Go Big!, (with Bil Cornelius), and Ministry in Hard Times (with Bill Tenny-Brittian), and Preaching for Church Transformation, all published by Abingdon Press.

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Winning on Purpose: How to Organize Congregations to Succeed in Their Mission 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JBrauer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kaiser points the way to allow the church to move from status quo or "power turn and control" back to the original mission "to make disciples
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The authors of this book do a good job helping you to set your mission and vision for your congregation, especially if you are wanting to have your church move into the future. So many churches don't have a clue what their mission is and therefore are unable to move forward with the message of the Gospel This book will help you to learn your mission, set your vision and then begin to work towards that mission. It doesn't give you a template that you can plug into your current ministry but it does give you insight and direction as you work on your planning and future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book for a select group but that group can gain a lot from it. It is written in a fashion that is easy to apply.