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The Equipping Pastor: A Systems Approach to Congregational Leadership
This book draws on a rich understanding of social process, leadership styles, and systems theory to offer ten specific ways in which equipping pastors can empower the laity for mission.
Paperback, 222 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Alban Institute
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Highly pragmatic and systematic approach to ministry. Basic premise: institute X system and you will necessarily receive Y outcome. Ministry doesn't work that way. We are judged by our faithfulness, not our fruitfulness. (Though we should desire fruit in ministry.)
One body. Many parts. In the practice of ministry, it's easy to allow the "many parts" portion of Paul's "one body with many parts" metaphor for the church to drive one's ministry. This is problematic on multiple levels. First, ministry becomes primarily about relationships and interactions with individuals or individual interest groups. These individuals and interest groups can begin quickly to pull the minister in a variety of different directions. Without a sense of the "one body" guiding min ...more
This book operates under the unbiblical principal of the clergy/laity system. This massive theological error sets the tone for the remaining arguments in this book. From here the authors build on this clergy/laity foundation to implore the pastor to equip their flock for being the hands of christ. All the while they point out how the pastor cannot be exclusively doing this equipping. Yet the very title of the book is "The Equipping Pastor." I would rather have seen the authors use scripture to b ...more
Famous people! Are they really just like us? In the case of these individuals, the answer is a resounding yes when it comes to loving book...
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