Friday, April 13, 2012

In Pursuit of Great and Godly Leadership - A Review.

Just finished reading this book. Here is a description I came across.

"Is it possible for church leaders to use biblical and secular leadership concepts in a way that keeps Christ—not the marketplace—at the center of their mission? Drawing on biblical material and business wisdom, In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership explores the critical leadership decisions and practices that shape the success of Christian organizations. These decisions are illustrated in compelling interviews with over forty leaders of churches, universities, denominational bodies, and international ministries. Mike Bonem leverages his background as an MBA-trained manager and an experienced church leader to bridge the gap between the analytical and structured world of business and the faith-driven approach that is essential for healthy churches.

Written to offer practical solutions for senior pastors, executive pastors, key laypeople, and leaders of other Christian entities, In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership clearly shows the ways that secular practices can be imported into their organizations. Bonem addresses a variety of topics such as planning, finances, personnel management, measurement, team dynamics, and organizational change. In doing so, he points to the AND that every spiritual organization should strive to achieve."

There were two chapters I liked (some of the chapters were rather dry to be honest) The Chapters on "Are 'All' Systems Go? - recognizing your culture and the systems that exist within your congregation and how to adapt and change within. And the Chaper on "Are you Guarding your heart?" The quote which Jeff Wells find wisdom found on pg 212 from Mother Teresa is golden. "Mother Teresa's words: Jesus is the deep well, and everyday I need to drop my bucket into the well." A good reminder of spending time alone with God and connecting with Jesus is essential in ministry not just for sermon prep and lessons.

I'd give this book a B. Or 3.5 stars out of 5.

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