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The Eric Trap Paperback – April 15, 2012
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Although Eric is a fictional character, I believe many leaders will relate to his experiences and struggles.
The book was an easy and enjoyable read. The chronicles of Pastor Eric are presented in the form of a story. Integrated into the book are chapters with practical ideas and commentary drawing on principles presented in Eric's story. The end of each chapter contains questions to help readers apply the principles to their current life and ministry situations.
These chapters cover important topics including:
*Relationships with Volunteers - the importance of delegating and equipping others for ministry, allowing them to develop as the people and leaders God desires them to be.
*Relationship with the Senior Pastor - understanding and aligning your visions for ministry, and submitting to the senior pastor's leadership for the benefit of the church as a whole.
*Relationships with Parents - equipping parents to guide their children's spiritual development, since their impact goes much deeper than the one hour or so a week the children spend under our influence at church.
*Relationship with God - abiding in Him and relying on Him, not our own strength in ministry, and measuring our growth and success in His terms.Read more ›
The Eric Trap tells the story of a Kids Pastor, named Eric, who is having one, terrible, horrible, very bad week! His week has included a verbal exchange with a volunteer, a staff resignation, and bad news (which is really good news) from his pastor. Meanwhile, he is ignoring his family and feeling the consequences of his unknowingly, unhealthy behaviors.
The authors do a great job of using the powerful tool of storytelling to unfold the habits that Eric has allowed himself to become accustomed to. The story of Eric is about a leader who is real, someone who is in the trenches of leadership and cannot see outside of himself.
In addition to depicting Eric's unhealthy habits, the authors follow up with a chapter on how to create healthy leadership habits in 5 specific areas. I appreciate that they spent time to think about follow through by including reflection questions at the end of each of these chapters. This will allow you as a reader to really spend some time processing what you've read and talking to God about what He wants you to do with what you just read.Read more ›
The Eric Trap is a fable about a children's pastor named Eric Newman. Eric has his priorities out of line and subsequently, his relationships, ministry leadership, and family life are spinning out of control. As I read through this book, I saw myself in Eric's failings and foibles. The authors craftily weave teaching about delegation, authority, parental leadership, success, and priorities into Eric's week of turmoil. I really liked how they incorporated formal leadership articles in each chapter that dealt with the fable that had been told. I think they did a fantastic job of editing (rare in a self-published work), and each chapter, though written by different people, carried a similar tone as if one author wrote the entire book. I'm impressed.
I think this work, though couched in the context of children's ministry, can have an impact on a number of young pastors in our country who seem to be ministering in their own self-constructed whirlwind. It's concise and to the point. It reminded me of some of my struggles of the past and strengthened me for the days ahead. Get it, read it, share it with others. This is a hit!
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This book is insightful and will help a ministry leader avoid pitfalls.Published 24 months ago by D. Smith
I went into ministry 2 years ago. I came from a business background. I had been a volunteer at Friendship Church for 3 years before the point I got hired on. Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by Jess
Wow! This book is exactly what I needed to read right now. This is the story of a too-busy Children's Ministry pastor who needs to get his priorities straight. Read morePublished on October 10, 2012 by Lindsey W
The Eric Trap, A Leadership Fable is a book that addresses important aspects of leadership from the perspective of Ministry. Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by Tobi Florence
It is the subtitle of the book that says it all, "5 things every leader has to get right." This is the question that must be asked of a leader: not just a children's ministry... Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by Joe Montoya
I read Jim Wideman's Volunteers that Stick and Children's Ministry Leadership about 6 years ago, and I've been endorsing his books in my own workshops for the past few years. Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by Gloria S. Lee
I was offered the great opportunity to read a book and review it. The book is called The Eric Trap
The Eric Trap, a book written as a collaborative effort by Jim... Read more
Yeah right, if you live in a total state of denial. When a person creates for themselves a mini empire in the name of ministry - it will be conquered. Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by coffeyreader