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"The authors...open up new vistas on how best to empower the people of God." -- Professor Robert Banks, Fuller Theological Seminary

"This book is dedicated to helping the church get unstuck." -- Edward White, Senior Consultant, The Alban Institute

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Dr. R. Paul Stevens is Acadmic Dean of Regent College, Vancouver and Associate Professor of Lay Theology and Empowerment. Dr. Philip Collins is the Principal of Carey Theological College on the campus of the University of British Columbia where he also serves as Professor of Applied Theology.
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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; Later Printing edition (March 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566991080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566991087
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One body. Many parts. In the practice of ministry, it's easy to allow the "many parts" portion of Paul's "one body with many parts" metaphor for the church to drive one's ministry. This is problematic on multiple levels. First, ministry becomes primarily about relationships and interactions with individuals or individual interest groups. These individuals and interest groups can begin quickly to pull the minister in a variety of different directions. Without a sense of the "one body" guiding ministry, the minister may feel divided and unsure how to proceed. Before long, the minister driven by an awareness of the "many parts" likely will feel overwhelmed by the demands of ministering to each of the many parts, and may even feel as though there no longer is any "one body" at all, but rather a bunch of little bodies. Feeling so much pressure, the minister rarely has any energy left to equip the laity for the work of ministry.

Because it is so easy to fall into this pattern of ministry, The Equipping Pastor: A Systems Approach to Congregational Leadership by R. Paul Stevens and Phil Collins ought to be required reading for anyone involved in church ministry. Drawing on systems theory and family systems theory, Stevens and Collins repeatedly remind ministers to operate out of an awareness of and with attentiveness to both the "one body" and the "many parts." Such an approach to ministry begins with a minister making an intentional commitment to join the body with which he or she is working. Having joined the church, the minister can then work to cultivate in the members of the congregation an interdependence characterized by the valuing of both unity and diversity.
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Edwin Friedman was one of the first to apply systems theogy (and therapy!) to a local church congregation. This book is a later, more "practical" application of Friedman's work, showing church leaders who they can be effective within the "system" that is the local church. Excellent resource for those wishing to understand how church cultures work and how to be a change agent. High recommended.
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i have just read the intro and have begun on chapter one, but this is exactly what I need right now - a guide how to equip the laity in church so they "get thawed" from their frozen situation because lack of equipping from leaders in the congregation.
I can warmly recommend this book.
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Great resource for new or veteran pastors and church leaders. Church leaders have enormous influence and with this comes enormous responsibility and this book helps to know how to use these most effectively and with mutual respect for all.
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