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Tony Morgan is a pastor and the chief strategic officer at NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina. Also a popular church culture blogger, he has written about staffing, technology, strategic planning, and leadership for Outreach and Rev magazines and Pastors.com and PurposeDriven.com. Tony and his wife, Emily, have four children.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805447857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805447859
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. He's a consultant, leadership coach and writer who helps churches get unstuck and have a bigger impact.

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.

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Format: Kindle Edition
Tony Morgan's latest book, Killing Cockroaches, is something of a unique book in terms of readability. It offers a format that can be both a strength and a weakness. If you are an avid reader of blogs, or are yourself a blogger, you will find the format familiar and welcoming. If, however, you want long, drawn-out chapters with wordy exposition and endless (read: redundant) supportive detail, this book may not be for you.

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.
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I love this book. It's easy to read in short bursts with profound, lasting impact. Tony has proven experience with effective leadership inside and outside the ministry environment; and he's found a way to share what he's learned in a practical, humorous and challenging way. This book helps all of us do a better job leading up, down, sideways and (most importantly) in.

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.
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I have a hard time giving a rating for this book because it is different than most books. Actually, I'd classify it more as a "reference" book. It is better as a book that you utilize when you need a leadership topic. When you use it like that, it has great stories, illustrations and nuggets. Reading it all the way through is a little tedious and redundant.

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.
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I recently finished reading an early copy of Tony Morgan's new book, Killing Cockroaches.

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.
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Killing Cockroaches is Tony Morgan at his best. These quick snippets of wisdom allow the reader to gain a glimpse of the heart and mind of Tony. Real life examples of leaders in the trenches who are making the hard decisions of what to say `no' to are an added bonus to Tony's ideas.

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.
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