Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership
:It's increasingly clear that leadership should be shared?for the good of the organization and for the good of the leader. The path is littered with too many burned out best and brightest, too many beleaguered institutions and stunted organizations. The...
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:It's increasingly clear that leadership should be shared?for the good of the organization and for the good of the leader. The path is littered with too many burned out best and brightest, too many beleaguered institutions and stunted organizations. The church is no exception: pastors are fried and congregations are stuck, and the work never lets up. But what does it actually mean to share leadership? And how do we avoid burning out whole teams instead of single leaders? How does team leadership bless and not frustrate a congregation? Researchers and practitioners Warren Bird and Ryan Hartwig have discovered churches throughout the United States of various sizes and traditions that have learned to thrive under team leadership. Through practical insights, compelling research and real-life stories, they help you overcome barriers and build teams of mutual support and meaningful, sustainable action. This empowering vision for church leadership culminates with five disciplines that can take your team from struggling to thriving together.
Warren Bird (Ph.D., Fordham University) has collaboratively authored nineteen books (including two 100,000 bestsellers, one Gold Medallion winner, and one runner up for the Gold Medallion), served as associate pastor for eleven years and senior pastor for four years, taught as regularly contributing faculty at Alliance Theological Seminary for twelve years, and served on the senior leadership team of three organizations that provide training to pastors - Charles E. Fuller Institute, Canadian Centre for Leadership Development, and the Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership.
- <strong>part I: Why Read A Book About Leadership Teams?</strong>
- 1. Myths We Believe: How Many Of These Did You Think Were True?2. Your Vantage Point: How Is Your Church Being Led Right Now?expert Commentator: Jim Tomberlin
- <strong>part Ii: Why Do Leadership Teams Make Sense?</strong>
- 3. The Bible Speaks: Scriptural Foundations For Senior Leadership Teamsexpert Commentator: Matt Carter4. Passing Fad Or Here To Stay: Ten Practical Reasons For Senior Leadership Teamsexpert Commentator: David Fletcher
- <strong>part Iii: How Well Is Your Team Thriving?</strong>
- 5. Reality Check: Eight Common Reasons Teams Failexpert Commentator: Geoff Surratt6. Our Survey Says: The Collaborative Disciplines Of Teams That Thriveexpert Commentator: Ed Stetzer
- <strong>part Iv: What Are The Collaborative Disciplines Of Teams That Thrive?</strong>
- 7. Discipline 1: Focus On Purpose, The Invisible Leader Of Your Teamexpert Commentator: Will Mancini8. Discipline 2: Leverage Differences In Team Membershipexpert Commentator: Morgan Mckenna9. Discipline 3: Rely On Inspiration More Than Control To Leadexpert Commentator: Crawford Loritts10. Discipline 4: Intentionally Structure Your Decision Makingsection 1: Collaborating While Seeking God’s Voiceexpert Commentator: Ron Edmondson11. Discipline 4: Intentionally Structure Your Decision Makingsection 2: Collaborating In The Midst Of Conflictexpert Commentator: Tony Morgan12. Discipline 5: Build A Culture Of Continuous Collaborationexpert Commentator: Jenni Catron
- <strong>part V: What’s Your Best Next Step?</strong>
- 13. Six Ways To Avoid Sabotaging Your Teamexpert Commentator: Sam Chand14. Catalyze Your Team’s Growthexpert Commentator: Mark Deymaz
- Acknowledgmentsabout The Authorsauthor Indexsubject Indexscripture Index