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Take the Lid Off Your Church: 6 Steps to Building a Healthy Senior Leadership Team by [Morgan, Tony]
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  • File Size: 167 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Publication Date: September 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009H68UBE
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By Jerry McQuay on September 28, 2012
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Man, I wish I'd had Tony's eBook about 10 years ago - it would have saved me some of the worst decisions I've made as a leader. But since we can't turn back the clock, I would at least urge you to get your copy & Take the Lid off your Church by implementing its principles.

Probably most of us reading this would agree with Tony's assessment that the Senior Leadership Team is one of the most important factors in a church's growth & health, but I'd be the first to admit I haven't know how to insure the right people were on that team or that the team was functioning for optimal results. This eBook gives you the tools to solve both issues.

This may be the best $3 & 30-minute investment you'll ever make in your ministry!
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Short e-book that gives insights to the structure and expectations of a church leadership team. Basically an expanded blog post that's good, but not revolutionary. The self-promotion of his coaching/consulting business and the name dropping of the vanderbloeman search groups felt awkward and forced.
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While everything in this extremely brief "book" is good, the content amount was closer to an article. The sample was not long enough to indicate that this book is relevant only for churches large enough for hiring a staff team. I am disappointed.
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Full disclosure: Tony Morgan sent me a free copy of this ebook to read and review. However, he also gave me complete freedom to write what I really thought about the book without getting his approval. So I got that going for me...

The beauty of "Take The Lid Off" is its simplicity. How many leadership books have I read and thought - that was the best advice that I'll never be able to use. So many times the scale of context is just to vast. Not with this book. No matter the context - big or small, rich or poor - these common-sense (not so common?) principles will help any leadership team. It can be applied for those that are full-time or part-time, paid or volunteer. I like that Tony started with principles instead of stories of huge success or failures.

This book will not clarify your vision or stretch your leaders in their walk with Jesus. It will force your senior leadership to look critically at the "leadership culture" that is present in your church. So many times it is not the theology of a church that is unhealthy. It's the culture of leadership. That's where this book really helps.

Some nuggets from Tony:
Who is on your senior leadership team will shape every other decision.
When it's a team rather than an individual, it leads to a healthier organization.
The senior leadership team needs to model what "healthy" team-based ministry looks like.

What I found most helpful in the book were Tony's 7 questions to identify who should be on the senior leadership team. In fact, in our search for our new hire and in our upcoming Church Council application, I'm going to immediately start asking these questions.

Do they have leadership gifts?
Are they big-picture thinkers?
Are they strategic thinkers?
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Tony Morgan brings to this book his experience consulting with churches and leaders around the county. What I appreciate most about this book is its brevity. He makes his points well and strongly but without over-explaining or providing endless, repetitive examples. You can read this book in a single setting and I would encourage you to do so. What you don't want to do - and won't I would venture - is finish it in a single session. tony provides practical advice on discerning whether your senior leadership team is the lid on your church's growth. And he doesn't leave the chief leader, the pastor, out of it. I found this a hard read at certain points where I saw my own leadership and my own church painted a bit more accurately than I found comforting.

The book also provides clear ways of assessing the team (and individual leaders) and suggestions for moving ahead. The discussion guide included at the end brings the material to your context and team in a practical way.

If you find this book as useful and thought-provoking as I did, I'd encourage you to look at Tony's other short works on leadership. Their brevity - and this one as well - is no indicator of their usefulness and applicability. Once you've read this one you will want to go farther and deeper.
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I found the information in this book to be helpful to the situations that our church leadership is facing. I appreciated the solutions and Questions that were asked. After reading this book I have been challenged to address some things within my leadership team. I also took the opportunity to purchase more e-books from Tony Morgan. God bless you brother and thank you!!!
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If you feel stuck in your ministry, you might want to stop looking at your frontline staff, volunteers and general membership, and spend a little more time evaluating the health of your senior leadership team, according to Tony Morgan in this book. The senior leadership team needs to consist of people who have demonstrated spiritual maturity and leadership capacity.

So what are the critical things that the senior leadership team needs to do? The author suggests that there are seven roles which should not be delegated:

* Modelling team-based ministry
* Selecting and applying strategies to accomplish the vision
* Leading staff and volunteers
* Making sure people are focused on the vision and aligned with organisational priorities
* Identifying threats and opportunities for the church, and responding to them
* Facilitating communications within the church
* Monitoring the church's health and taking appropriate corrective action

The book describes how you can identify who should be on the senior leadership team, strategies which can be used to empower leaders, traps to avoid when selecting leaders for the team, and actions which you can take and tough conversations which you should have in order to improve the effectiveness of your team.

This is a short book, written in a concise manner, and capable of being read in about half an hour, but it contains a lot of helpful advice on a topic which is often not given sufficient attention. All too often church leaders evaluate the performance of others but fail to consider how effective they themselves might be. The book ends with a number of discussion questions which should stimulate several hours of vigorous debate for any church leadership team.
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