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Killing Cockroaches: And Other Scattered Musings on Leadership Paperback – March 1, 2009
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For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). With Tim Stevens, Tony has co-authored Simply Strategic Stuff, Simply Strategic Volunteers and Simply Strategic Growth - each of which offers valuable, practical solutions for different aspects of church ministry. His book, Killing Cockroaches (B&H Publishing) challenges leaders to focus on the priorities in life and ministry. His most recent books on leadership and ministry strategy are available on Kindle.
Tony has also written several articles on staffing, technology, strategic planning and leadership published by organizations like the Willow Creek Association, Outreach Magazine, Catalyst and Pastors.com. Tony and his wife, Emily, live near Atlanta, Georgia with their four children -- Kayla, Jacob, Abby and Brooke.
Top Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Killing Cockroaches, and quickly consumed the book in two sittings. Digesting the content, however, will likely take much more time. One of the best things about the book is that it does not need to be read in a linear fashion. You can pick up the book, flip to any page and begin reading any one of the numerous insightful sections. You might rather decide to scan the table of contents, looking for all the entries relating to a particular topic.
No matter what method you use to read the book, you will find a wealth of information offered in an informal, welcoming style. You get the sense that, if you were to meet Tony in person, he would be as congenial and as helpful as his writing.
For me, one of the best parts about the book was the repitition of key ideas. Tony has taken his more than a decade of ministry experience, mixed it with his wealth of non-ministry related executive experience, and condensed it all down into easy to understand segments full of application and insight.
Here are some of the ideas that resonated with me:
* Delegate: Don't delegate tasks, but rather delegate responsibility.
* Questions: In preaching, teaching, and other communications, make sure we are not just answering questions, but answering the questions being asked by people.Read more ›
As you read each individual entry, you'll find yourself laughing out loud, furrowing your brow, surprised by a revelation and impacted by the weight of the privilege we have ahead of us in the church today.
No matter what your role--volunteer, senior pastor, administrative assistant, ministry leader, artist, board member--this book can make you better. That is, if you have the guts to read it.
So...My 3 stars is an average of two categories. 1 star for "read all the way through." 5 stars for "a great reference resource for leaders."
If you can get this in a format in which you can search (Kindle), the power of the book will come alive.
Here are 10 reasons you should read this book.......
1) The book contains lots of Top 10 lists
A few of my favorites.....10 Stupidest Leadership Mistakes I've Made, 10 Signs Your Not Ready For Change, & 10 Easy Ways to Make Church Services More Boring
2) Andy Stanley wouldn't write the foreward for a bad book
3) The foreword is sandwiched between `Enter at Your Own Risk' and `Prepare for an Adventure'
4) The book actually contains 4 easy steps for killing cockroaches
5) Tony is not your ordinary pastor
Tony rejects the status quo and takes an innovative, creative, and cutting-edge approach to ministry. Naturally, that makes some in the church world a little uncomfortable. Seth Godin might even call him a "heretic". Fortunately, in today's world "heretics" have popular blogs and get their books published.
6) Tony's church is not your ordinary church
Newspring Church, led by Senior Pastor Perry Noble, exists for one simple mission: To make Jesus famous, one life at a time. Perry and Tony have a passionate and strategic laser-focus on that mission and, as a result, Newspring Church is making a big impact in Anderson, SC and beyond.
7) All of the 100+ blog post-like chapters are in alphabetical order
How did he do that? Also, many of the chapters are creatively titled. The titles make you want to read more. A few of my favorite titles.......Actions Speak Louder Than Advertising, Christians Sound Different, Giant Inflatable Blue Monkeys, How Would Apple Do Church?, and I'm Just Not That Interested In God
8) Tony has a great blog.Read more ›
The book is filled with leadership principles that can be put in place immediately. Tony helps us as leaders to give some serious thought as to what we need to give our full attention to and those things that need to be delegated out to others.
Written with a conversational feel, each leadership idea (which is creatively presented in alphabetical order) is enough for some serious thought and consideration. In fact, many of them could be used as leadership exercises for a staff team...something I intend to do with the staff I lead.
This is a must read for any pastor or leader who wants to take his or her leadership to a higher level of effectiveness.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In this book Tony Morgan rambles through his life as a church leader. He discusses mostly church leadership but lots of that can be applied to any type of... Read more
I like Tony's blog...I like other writings of Tony....but this on was not my favorite. I think many things could have been said in a more succinct way, thus making it more... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Word2u
interesting and unique with great food for thought, but not the read you want if you know nothing about leadershipPublished on November 25, 2013 by DESIREE MARISA SMALL
Challenging and humorous. Tony Morgan made me think about my style of ministry leadership. Easy to read and very engaging. Highly recommendedPublished on November 25, 2012 by BCCsounddude
This book has some very good advice on doing church. It also has some good advice on warnings when trying to do church.Published on September 2, 2012 by Ronald D. Howard
I enjoyed reading Tony Morgan's questions and stories about leadership. If you are interested in the difference between ministry in theory and ministry in reality, then you want to... Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by J. Gray-Lion
Killing Cockroaches is the product of Tony Morgan's work on the subject of leadership and observations of life. Much of his work has appeared in various forms on his blog [... Read morePublished on May 26, 2010 by C. M. Aiken
I owned "Killing Cockroaches" for about 5 weeks before getting a chance to read it, but it has quickly become my new favorite book. Here are some things I liked...
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I have really enjoyed this book and find it to be very easy to read. The content is full of ideas and encouragements for leaders of any kind. Read morePublished on May 31, 2009 by Colt Melrose