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The Equipping Pastor: A Systems Approach to Congregational Leadership
The authors draw on their combined experience to create an exciting model of congregational leadership that understands congregations as relational systems. Learn how relational processes can liberate members for ministry and mission in the world and release pastors for appropriate leadership.
Paperback, 222 pages
Published March 1st 1993 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(first published January 1st 1993)
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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.) ...more
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