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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Jim Wideman Ministries (April 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983830622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983830627
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Eric Trap was written by a group of children's ministry leaders under the leadership of Jim Wideman. The book presents an insightful, engaging and honest look into the daily, real-life experiences, struggles, thoughts and emotions of a children's pastor. This book reveals the reality of what it's like to serve on a church staff and details Pastor Eric Newman's relationships with fellow staff, volunteers and family.

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.
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"Eric is one hot mess". This is how Jim Wideman describes Eric Newman, the main character in his new book, The Eric Trap: 5 Things Every Leader Has to Get Right. This is the latest book from Bro Jim's Infuse group, written along with Sam Luce, Kenny Conley, Kristin Englund, Sherri Epperson, Craig Gyergyo, Deana Hayes, and Matt McDaniel. I have had the privilege of being involved with Infuse since 2008, as a participant for two years, and now as a Coach for the last two years. I know the heart of Bro Jim and these leaders is to help encourage fellow Kidmin and Stumin leaders. I also know this book will be an encouragement to you because of how real and practical it is for leaders.

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.
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I was truly excited when I heard of this collaborative leadership book by Jim, Sam, and Kenny. I was even more excited that I had the opportunity to read a pre-release version. The Eric Trap is a creative book, a collaborative effort, a thoughtful journey for the reader, and an honest look at the struggles that can go along with ministry life.

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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