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Experiencing LeaderShift: Letting Go of Leadership Heresies Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 1, 2008
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Makes some good points but it seems like a commercial for Bible Study materials.Published 5 months ago by Hey You
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