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Simply Strategic Stuff:: Help for Leaders Drowning in the Details of Running a Church Paperback – December 1, 2003
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A must-read for senior pastors desiring to understand the 'business' and 'administrative' sides of doing church. -- Doug Slaybaugh, Executive Director, Purpose Drive, 12/04
AT LAST! Someone has written THE book on church management! Clear, accessible, well-indexed, wise, warm, and fun. -- Brian McLaren, Pastor/Author, Fellow in Emergent, 12/04
Every church leader needs the 'stuff' Tim and Tony have packed into this book. These concepts work! -- Kirbyjon Caldwell, Senior Pastor, Windsor Village UMC, 12/04
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"Whether you are working on Wall Street or leading a church, success requires strategic thinking and solid plans. Every church leader needs the 'stuff' Tim and Tony have packed into this book. These concepts work. I believe Simply Strategic Stuff will help you move from where you are to where you want to be!" -Kirbyjon Caldwell, Senior Pastor, Windsor Village United Methodist Church www.kingdombuilders.com
"AT LAST!" Someone has written THE book on church management! Clear, accessible, well-indexed, wise, warm, and fun (yes, fun), this is the book I wish I had read twenty years ago. I would have avoided lots of mistakes, and enjoyed the journey more too." -Brian McLaren, Pastor, Author, Fellow in Emergent www.emergentvillage.com
"At last! A crowd-favorite workshop at Purpose Driven conferences has now been put into a book for everyone to read. As important as seminary is for ministry, Simply Strategic Stuff delivers an essential component for building a Purpose Driven church. A must-read for senior pastors desiring to understand the 'business' and 'administrative' sides of doing church. This book is LOADED with ideas and principles for developing systems and structures that support a growing church, committed to fulfilling God's purposes. Tim and Tony are two of the best!" -Doug Slaybaugh, Executive Director, Purpose Driven
"A map of the emerging church that does not include this book is not worth a glance. You may not agree with all 99 strategies-I didn't-but 98 out of 99 ain't bad." -Leonard Sweet, Drew Theological School www.preachingplus.com
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With a foreword by John Maxwell and high fives from Andy Stanley and Joel Hunter, this book also gets my five-star rating. The makes-you-want-to-read-it format has 99 chapters, but just 208 total pages. I dare you to scan the chapter titles and then put the book away. It's impossible. Test-drive these chapters: 2) Good Leaders Let Good People Go, 3) Count the Cost Before Hiring a Family Member, 8) If Someone Hasn't Left Your Church Recently, Your Vision Is Probably Too Broad, 19) Staff Ahead of the Growth, 29) Disgruntled Secretaries Drain Dynamic Leaders, and 31) Send Your Bankers Audit Reports and Birthday Cards Every Year.
Chapter 33 is "Sack the No-Huddle Offense." I'm a zealot for the value of weekly staff meetings. Stevens and Morgan correctly point out, "It takes discipline to gather regularly because there's never a good time to pull away from doing ministry to talk about ministry. The fact is, however, these team gatherings will help focus your efforts and allow your ministry to bear more fruit. Additionally you'll have the chance to bring encouragement and accountability to others on your team."
With 99 topics, the authors add quick-reading color commentary to most of the 20 buckets in my book, Mastering The Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business or Non-profit. Simply Strategic Stuff is good stuff.
* Count the cost before hiring a family member
* Visit other churches and steal their stuff
* Never launch a ministry without a leader
* It's easier to hire than to fire
* You can't overcommunicate the vision
Obviously many of these ideas are conventional wisdom or self-evident but even though most are not novel they are good reminders. If your reading time is limited, you can still find time to read a chapter or two every day to help you stay administratively sharp.