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Leadership on the Other Side

Paperback|Aug 2000
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Most Christians would agree that the purpose of the church is to lead people into active, committed discipleship to Jesus Christ. Yet if this is the case, shouldn't the goal of making disciples drive everything the church does? For example,...


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Most Christians would agree that the purpose of the church is to lead people into active, committed discipleship to Jesus Christ. Yet if this is the case, shouldn't the goal of making disciples drive everything the church does? For example, shouldn't the primary job of staff members be to recruit and mentor the laity in fulfilling their own call to ministry, rather than the staff members performing the tasks of ministry themselves? Shouldn't the task of reaching out to those who have yet to answer Christ's call to discipleship be more important than maintaining programs for those who already have? Pastors and other congregational leaders know that these ideas are true, yet many often experience considerable difficulty in putting them into practice. They implement new programs only to see old patterns and attitudes persist. The reason for this, argues Bill Easum, is that even with the best of intentions they are operating out of old models of what it means to be the church. The reason some church leaders seem to "get it" is that they have succeeded in changing the "mental maps" that govern the way they conceive of and practice ministry. Without this fundamental redirection of their attitudes and perspectives on how one leads a disciple-making congregation, they will be doomed to half measures and Band-aid fixes that never truly accomplish genuine change and transformation.In Leadership on the Other Side, Easum identifies several of these shifts in mental map-making, including the following: -- From mechanical to organic: From thinking about the congregation as a machine which one can "fix" by improving or replacing specific parts to understanding it as an organism that one mustnurture and feed throughout its parts, and whose growth and health are products of a complex interaction with its environment.-- From church-building to kingdom-building. The emphasis shifts from creating and sustaining denominations and agencies to forging creative, missional alliances between congregations, denominations, and non-denominational groups to extend the witness of the local church.-- From command and control to permission-giving. Abandoning the dichotomy between those who make decisions and those who carry out decisions in favor of structures that allow and encourage Christians to exercise their spiritual gifts with responsibility, yet spontaneously and joyfully.
-Publisher

In an engaging, direct style, the author opens a portal to the "OtherSide," that place beyond the Christendom Era and its mechanistic, by-the-numbers approach to church life. It's a bumpy ride, with treasured assumptions, privileges, and traditions shattered along the way. Yet on the "OtherSide" lies a church radically transformed, resonant leadership of the Spirit, and ready to lay aside everything that does not help it accomplish the one thing that matters: introducing people to the love of God in Jesus Christ.
-Publisher

Easum identifies several shifts in the goals and directions of ministry within the church. His ideas include shifts from mechanical thinking of the congregation to organic; from church building to kingdom building; and from command and control of staff and church members to permission giving, allowing them to exercise their spiritual gifts with responsibility.
-Publisher

Most Christians would agree that the purpose of the church is to lead people into active, committed discipleship to Jesus Christ. Yet if this is the case, shouldn't the goal of making disciples drive everything the church does? For example, shouldn't the primary job of staff members be to recruit and mentor the laity in fulfilling their own call to ministry, rather than the staff members performing the tasks of ministry themselves? Shouldn't the task of reaching out to those who have yet to answer Christ's call to discipleship be more important than maintaining programs for those who already have? Thus, Easum opens the portal to the OtherSide, that place beyond the Christendom Era and its mechanistic, by-the-numbers approach to church life. Be prepared for a bumpy ride, with treasured assumptions, privileges, and traditions shattered along the way.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 158551
  • Product Code 0687085888
  • EAN 9780687085880
  • Pages 144
  • Department Academic
  • Category Leadership
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Abingdon Press
  • Publication Date Aug 2000
  • Dimensions 215 x 140 x 15mm
  • Weight 0.371kg

Bill Easum

Bill Easum is vice-president and senior managing partner in Easum, Bandy & Associates, Inc., a church consulting and nurturing firm. A respected voice on emerging froms of ministry and congregational life, he is the author of several books, incluidng Unfreezing Moves and Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First, both published by Abingdon Press.

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