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  • Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687084202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687084203
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #979,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By saint james on April 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was hard to read sometimes. It is so full of assessment tools and helpful info that sometimes it was hard to admit or acknowledge that the issues of ministry were not just the "people" but me. Smile. I would reccommend this to all who are anticipating entering the pastorate or looking to sharpen their their skills as a leader of a congregation. It can also serve as a resource for ongoing training of ministers, pastors, bishops, etc. Full of useful and practical information. You won't be sorry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on July 14, 2012
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This has to be a polar opposite to Oswald & Kroeger's book Personality Type and Religious Leadership. The revised material opens Pandora's Box to the life of a religious leader with danger and delight. My first observation is the opening illustration everyone on deck `C' and no one at the helm. It sets the tone for the rest of Part One. Although I can appreciate the two observations noted under the `danger of leading' the third hit home. Leading others through change has a cost and consequence that I have come to appreciate greatly. Through the eight years of planting and developing City Church the cost in finance and people has been great - but worth everything. I would enjoy the shared experience of the class in stories that have cost each class member as they challenge what others value. It may even cost some of us during the discussion!

I remember bringing change through a process to our church governance. The people who were in positions of leadership had little difficulty. But what it did was expose who was pulling the strings of these leaders - their wives and other strong families in the church. Ultimately, most of them left the church along with their financial support. This did not prevent anything from moving forward as a whole, but the cost was personal in morale and money. Thankfully, God has given us over the years good men and women who can serve the Lord by serving others and not themselves.

A second observation would be that the interior attitudes of a leader, characterized in childlikeness, humility, desire to serve and self-examination, did not seem to fit with the flow of text before or after it. Although each point was described very well, especially childlikeness, I became distracted.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Winter Corbusier on September 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The book states that this is a "complete and definitive guide to the practice of church leadership" and it is. It covers all aspects of guiding the flock and caring for yourself with spiritual integrity and service. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathan D. Phillips on May 4, 2010
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As a senior, at Vanguard University, heading into the ministry full time I find this book helpful, it is the best book on leadership I have ever read. Professor Roger Heuser and Norman Shawchuck out did themselves. Word on the street is that the revised book is coming out in the next year, I know for a fact that they are working on it this summer, 2010. It would be good to get the revised version it will have a lot more to present.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holly White on July 27, 2013
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class room text required reading. Had a hard tiem trying to apply it to the 2 church situations i am involved with.
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