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Experiencing LeaderShift: Letting Go of Leadership Heresies Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 1, 2008

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Former associate pastor and one of the founding leaders of Willow Creek Community Church, Don Cousins has been equipping leaders for more than thirty years. He is the coauthor of the Medallion award-winning, gifts-based curriculum study Network. Don resides in Holland, Michigan, with his wife, MaryAnn, and their three children.Bruce Bugbee is the founder and president of Network Ministries International. He is also an executive for the Far West Region of the Reformed Church in America. He emphasizes leadership development and gift-based ministry teams throughout the country and in all kinds of churches. He is the author of What You Do Best in the Body of Christ and Discover Your Spiritual Gifts the Network Way (Zondervan).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434768546
  • ASIN: B004IEA2RA
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,812,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John W. Pearson VINE VOICE on July 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Some years back, when Don Cousins did a faithfulness/fruitfulness self-assessment, he reluctantly gave himself a two out of nine score. He wrote, "Suddenly I knew: I was about to get pruned." You absolutely must read this book.

Don Cousins sees leadership from one of the most unique perspectives in North America. After 17 years on the staff of Willow Creek Community Church (including the role of associate pastor), he began consulting with other churches and megachurches in 1992.

So with this year's media hubbub about Willow Creek (see the video at RevealNow.com "Bill Hybels Responds to `Willow Creek's Huge Shift'"), you'll miss the whole story--the important story--if you don't also read some of the historical context from Cousins, along with his biblical insight and personal reflections on leadership.

In his book, Cousins thoughtfully attacks leadership heresies and addresses the high price of heresy, the success heresy, the credit heresy and the organizational heresy. His original thinking--steeped in humility and biblical thinking--will get your attention.

A pastor friend borrowed my book this month and preached on the four questions (four F's) from the "The Success Heresy" chapter. Cousins asks: 1) Are you being faithful? 2) Are you bearing fruit? 3) Are you fulfilled? 4) Are you making God famous?

The Results Bucket is one of 20 buckets in my book, Mastering The Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business or Non-profit. Cousins asks the ultimate results question, "How do you know you're being successful?" What's the measurement in your organization? Are they the right ones? For more help, read Bill Hoyt's book, Effectiveness by the Numbers: Counting What Counts in the Church.
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Experiencing LeaderShift, by Don Cousins promises guidance for church leaders to increase their effectiveness.

Yet it is not clear to me what Don really means by "effective church leadership". Though he denies we should measure effectiveness by the size of a church, he repeatedly cites numbers to determine whether the leadership is doing its job. On page 18, Don begins our journey by introducing a church that now "struggled to break through the two-hundred barrier in weekly attendance." On page 26 Don speaks of growth rate. On page 33 Don speaks of 2000 attendees, on page 44 he speaks of a church with 15,000 attendees. On page 50 he speaks of "the church grew from tens to thousands." On page 62 Don states, "large ministries...have something to teach the rest of us. After all, their numbers tell us: They're successful!" This focus on numbers continues throughout the book.

I don't want to you to think I am minimizing the importance of evangelism or that I frown at the growing number of people who turn to the Lord. Clearly Acts 2:47 speaks of the growth of the Church as a very good thing. Yet my point is that the growth that we see in Acts 2:47 and 1 Corinthians 3:6 is the growth of God's kingdom of believers, not the growth of any particular body who attend in a given building. You can see how Don misses this point on page 68.

Don does a nice job outlining the fact that each leader has unique gifts. Another way to understand this is that no single leader has all the gifts needed to lead an effective church. Don does a great job of illustrating the truth of this concept, both from Scripture and from his experience. For example, on page 35 he quotes Ephesians 4:11-12.
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Churches in North America have done much in recent years to become more relevant, but many have missed the point. They're chasing numbers, not God and His desire for spiritual transformation. Don refocuses his readers on what "success" in ministry should really look like - both in the life of an individual as well as the church as a whole. The power of God at work in individual's lives is what SHOULD grow a church - not programs and popular techniques. The right kind of growth happens when people identify their unique spiritual gifts, discover their God-given passions and partner with God to make his name famous. Don challenges all church leaders to be equippers of others, so that everyone they lead walks down this path towards transformation.
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This book runs refreshingly counter to much conventional thinking on leadership within the church. The author shows how the church has bought into worldly definitions of leadership rather than biblical ones. As result, we have exalted the gift of a select few, while downplaying or ignoring the contributions that other gifts can make to the growth and direction of the church. As one who not identify himself as a natural leader, I was encouraged to know that God has a place for me to exercise influence on his church according to my giftedness.
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This book is soon to be a classic for those who desire to create a "serving church." This book is well written and filled with practical suggestions.
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Experiencing LeaderShift: Letting Go of Leadership Heresies
This book was and will be of tremendous importance and significance to me. The principles offered in this book should be used as a litmus test when accessing the effectivness of church leadership. This book has been read by key members of our leadership team and will hopefully be the catalyst to significant biblically based change in our team.
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