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The Calling of Congregational Leadership: Being, Knowing, Doing Ministry

$27.99
SKU 9780827205314

By Larry L. McSwain

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From The Columbia Partnership (TCP) Leadership Series

Rooted in research, The Calling of Congregational Leadership teaches a three-pronged approach to congregational leadership: being a good leader, the knowledge needed by the leader, and the managing of ministry leadership. By using this practical, holistic approach to leading congregations, McSwain shows you how to use your church's potential for conveying the power of God in the lives you touch. Leading is a calling from God, but that doesn't mean it is easy. There are choices to be made about what your congregation believes, how your church organizes for effective ministry, and how your church serves the settings of which you are a part. The good news is that others have gone before you.

Author Larry L. McSwain's forty years of experience can help guide you through these choices. Rooted in research, The Calling of Congregational Leadership teaches a three-pronged approach to congregational leadership: being a good leader, the knowledge needed by the leader, and the managing of ministry leadership. By using this practical, holistic approach to leading congregations, McSwain shows you how to use your church's potential for conveying the power of God in the lives you touch.

The Calling of Congregational Leadership is for those who seek to enlarge the understanding of their leadership to make their communities of faith more vital and more reflective of the mission of God in the world.

From The Columbia Partnership (TCP) Leadership Series

 

Endorsements

"This is a dramatically different kind of church leadership book--one that offers an integrated perspective. Educator Larry McSwain draws from his coaching and consulting experience as well as from current social science research, yet remains grounded in solid theology and scripture. While summarizing the best of organizational theories and leadership models, the author zeroes in on applications most helpful to congregations. The broad range of topics covered means that pastors and lay leaders will rely on this as a reference book for years to come."
--Cynthia Woolever, research director of the U.S. Congregational Life Survey and author of Leadership That Fits Your Church

"Larry McSwain has compiled a rich sourcebook for leaders, ministers, and congregational participants…You will use this book over and over as you seek to lead, collaborate, and minister in your particular setting. This is not a roadmap, but a tool box for ministry that enables you to be more intentional, know more deeply, and do more strategically as you enrich your community of faith."
--Bo Prosser, Coordinator for Missional Congregations, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

"The work of the kingdom of God needs your very best efforts. Whether you are beginning your ministerial journey, a few years in, at a midpoint reassessment, reaching your full potential, or thinking about finishing well, use this book to remind yourself of those key aspects of being centered on God's leading in your ministry and the practical things you need to be reminded of on a daily basis."
--George W. Bullard, Jr., General Secretary, North American Baptist Fellowship of the Baptist World Alliance

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