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About the Author

(2012) Robert C. Crosby is a communicator, a ministry leader and writer. He is Professor of Practical Theology at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.


He and his wife, Pamela, have pastored for over 25 years, in New York, Ohio, and Boston. He has served as a Vice President at Southeastern University and currently is training a new generation of young ministers there as Professor of Practical Theology.  
       
Dr.Crosby has written several books including More Than A Savior which wasrecently released by Random House/Multnomah as a Kindle and Nook e-book. He hasa blog and column at Patheos.com andis a contributing writer to ChristianityToday, Leadership Journal and the Pentecostal Evangel. He has a new book coming out in October 2012 called The Teaming Church.         

He and his wife, Pamela, have four children. Togethert hey have written two books for Focus on the Family entitled Conversation Starters for Couples and Conversation Starters for Parents & Kids. They also minister to families through Better Together, a conference andresource ministry to churches, families and leaders. He and Pamela speak at marriage conferences throughout the country.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142675101X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426751011
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Gibbs on July 11, 2013
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While most teams in churches today are set up to be working teams, a ministry team is more, much more; it is an environment in which a person is able to thrive, emerge in their giftedness, and reflect the glory of God, according to Robert Crosby in this book. As churches endeavour to find more effective ways to engage people in ministry, the team approach fits the renewed clamouring for community within churches today.

The author goes on to discuss how a group can become a team, the DNA of a winning team, how to motivate a team, how to lead a team, and how to unleash team brilliance. The concept of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as the Divine Team is discussed to illustrate how a true teaming culture not only accomplishes the things God wants done, but also reflects who God is.

The book starts with a story about a pastor who has a particular problem with a selfish worship leader with a poor attitude. The pastor's new mentor moves the discussion onto the subject of teams, and the fictional conversation continues at various points in the book. The implication is that the original problem had a deeper root, the lack of teamwork in the church, but I did find it annoying that the original problem with the worship leader, the one that tempted me to buy the book, was never actually addressed.

The subject matter of the book is very important and timely for church leaders, and what the author says is helpful. Unfortunately, in my opinion the fictional conversation between the pastor and mentor, and the interviews with church leaders on team-related subjects are not sufficient to overcome the fairly dry style of writing. The book is well worth reading, but it takes some effort.
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Our church leadership team used this book in a year's study and it has revolutionized how we effectively do church, from doing things alone (The Lone Ranger) to the team approach. Teams are fun and this book will help any church go forward in this direction of team approach.
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This book will be very useful in my ministry setting. Good information so far and insightful. I hope to implement some of these ideals.
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Great writer who provides great insight and wisdom!
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