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Take the Lid Off Your Church: 6 Steps to Building a Healthy Senior Leadership Team [Kindle Edition]

Tony Morgan , Craig Groeschel
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Take the Lid Off Your Church" is a practical eBook to help churches, non-profits and businesses rethink their structure beginning with the senior leadership team. The book addresses several key questions regarding the health of this team including:

> When should you begin building a senior leadership team?
> What are the roles of this team?
> Who should be on the senior leadership team?
> How does this team empower other leaders in the organization?
> What should the senior leadership start and stop doing? What's their focus?

Like previous eBooks written by Tony Morgan, this resource can be read in about 30 minutes, but it's designed to promote conversation and next steps. In other words, consider reading and talking about the content and the discussion questions with your team.

If you feel stuck in your leadership or as an organization, you might want to stop looking at your frontline staff or blaming the people you're trying to reach and spend a little more time evaluating the health of your senior leadership team. This eBook is designed to help you begin that journey.

Product Details

  • File Size: 167 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009H68UBE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sure wish I could turn back the clock September 28, 2012
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Man, I wish I'd had Tony's eBook about 10 years ago - it would have saved me some of the worst decisions I've made as a leader. But since we can't turn back the clock, I would at least urge you to get your copy & Take the Lid off your Church by implementing its principles.

Probably most of us reading this would agree with Tony's assessment that the Senior Leadership Team is one of the most important factors in a church's growth & health, but I'd be the first to admit I haven't know how to insure the right people were on that team or that the team was functioning for optimal results. This eBook gives you the tools to solve both issues.

This may be the best $3 & 30-minute investment you'll ever make in your ministry!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I paid $3 for this! April 18, 2013
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While everything in this extremely brief "book" is good, the content amount was closer to an article. The sample was not long enough to indicate that this book is relevant only for churches large enough for hiring a staff team. I am disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read for leadership team October 17, 2012
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Short e-book that gives insights to the structure and expectations of a church leadership team. Basically an expanded blog post that's good, but not revolutionary. The self-promotion of his coaching/consulting business and the name dropping of the vanderbloeman search groups felt awkward and forced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical Advise No Matter The Scale October 10, 2012
By Grant E
Format:Kindle Edition
Full disclosure: Tony Morgan sent me a free copy of this ebook to read and review. However, he also gave me complete freedom to write what I really thought about the book without getting his approval. So I got that going for me...

The beauty of "Take The Lid Off" is its simplicity. How many leadership books have I read and thought - that was the best advice that I'll never be able to use. So many times the scale of context is just to vast. Not with this book. No matter the context - big or small, rich or poor - these common-sense (not so common?) principles will help any leadership team. It can be applied for those that are full-time or part-time, paid or volunteer. I like that Tony started with principles instead of stories of huge success or failures.

This book will not clarify your vision or stretch your leaders in their walk with Jesus. It will force your senior leadership to look critically at the "leadership culture" that is present in your church. So many times it is not the theology of a church that is unhealthy. It's the culture of leadership. That's where this book really helps.

Some nuggets from Tony:
Who is on your senior leadership team will shape every other decision.
When it's a team rather than an individual, it leads to a healthier organization.
The senior leadership team needs to model what "healthy" team-based ministry looks like.

What I found most helpful in the book were Tony's 7 questions to identify who should be on the senior leadership team. In fact, in our search for our new hire and in our upcoming Church Council application, I'm going to immediately start asking these questions.

Do they have leadership gifts?
Are they big-picture thinkers?
Are they strategic thinkers?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Homerun from Tony Morgan October 1, 2012
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Tony Morgan brings to this book his experience consulting with churches and leaders around the county. What I appreciate most about this book is its brevity. He makes his points well and strongly but without over-explaining or providing endless, repetitive examples. You can read this book in a single setting and I would encourage you to do so. What you don't want to do - and won't I would venture - is finish it in a single session. tony provides practical advice on discerning whether your senior leadership team is the lid on your church's growth. And he doesn't leave the chief leader, the pastor, out of it. I found this a hard read at certain points where I saw my own leadership and my own church painted a bit more accurately than I found comforting.

The book also provides clear ways of assessing the team (and individual leaders) and suggestions for moving ahead. The discussion guide included at the end brings the material to your context and team in a practical way.

If you find this book as useful and thought-provoking as I did, I'd encourage you to look at Tony's other short works on leadership. Their brevity - and this one as well - is no indicator of their usefulness and applicability. Once you've read this one you will want to go farther and deeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read June 19, 2014
By Renelle
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A book of direct impact. Very practical. As a Pastor, I commit to implementing the principles found in this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars must have May 27, 2014
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When leadership is limiting its vital to have practical steps to lift off whatever is preventing growth. This e-book gets to the point & offers great next steps on building a healthy leadership culture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing! May 20, 2014
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This book will change the way you look at your pastors leadership team. It will make you believe in wanting more. It will change the life of your church.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vitally Important
This book helps all leaders in ministry take the guess work out of staffing. Take a leap of faith and get out of the business of keeping staff that do not want keep the church!
Published 1 month ago by T Lawrence
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Very good and an easy read. Great points and focus.
Published 5 months ago by EVP Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book...with great practical information on revitalizing your church through the leadership team.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Concise
Tony does a good job of capturing the essentials of leadership teams. A good leader will dig in and find the gold.
Published 10 months ago by Estevan B. Trujillo
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Challenged me to rethink my role, my effectiveness and our leadership team. Practical and right on point! Must read for very leader.
Published 13 months ago by B J Rutledge
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I really enjoyed this book. It was very practical and helpful. I'd highly recommend to any church leader and their team.
Published 15 months ago by Trent A. Shivley
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful
Extremely helpful in determining how and why to create/maintain and top leadership structure at your church. Quick read. Golden nuggets everywhere. Get this.
Published 15 months ago by Peter D Johnsen
5.0 out of 5 stars quick read, great thoughts, highly practical and immediately useful
Excellent, to the point. Will help any church if put into practice. Read it on Monday, used the principles on Tuesday.
Published 16 months ago by Jeremy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for a quick read
Great book. Gives lots of points to consider in the leadership of a church. Great for a short read at bedtime or in the morning
Published 17 months ago by A. Macarty
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good read
I found the information in this book to be helpful to the situations that our church leadership is facing. I appreciated the solutions and Questions that were asked. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jmac
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More About the Author

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 Tony and his wife, Emily, live near Atlanta, Georgia with their four children -- Kayla, Jacob, Abby and Brooke.

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