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What Every Pastor Should Know: 101 Indispensable Rules of Thumb for Leading Your Church [Copertina flessibile]

Gary L. McIntosh , Charles Arn

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15 aprile 2013
Pastors and church leaders are constantly faced with strategic questions. How much staff does the church need? How many workers are needed in the nursery this month? When is the right time to start a second worship service? How many people should we train for evangelism this year? How does seating and parking impact worship attendance? When church leaders have questions about planning, running, or growing their churches, they need answers fast!

What Every Pastor Should Know offers pastors and leaders 101 valuable rules and "sacred" laws to help answer real-life ministry questions. From advertising to facilities to visitation, this valuable book offers the practical help that leaders need, just when they need it most. This comprehensive guide will become one of the most valuable books in a leader's library. Never again will they wonder if they based critical decisions on the right information. They'll get the answers they're looking for all in one place.

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L'autore

Gary L. McIntosh (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is president of the Church Growth Network and professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology. He leads seminars and has written twenty books, including Biblical Church Growth, Beyond the First Visit, and Taking Your Church to the Next Level. He lives in Temecula, California.

Charles Arn (EdD, University of Southern California) is professor of Christian ministry at Wesley Seminary, Indiana Wesleyan University, and president of Church Growth, Inc., where he is responsible for research, design, and development of instructional materials. He has thirty-four years of experience in leading training events for churches and denominations throughout North America and the world. He is known as a leading voice in the church growth movement. He lives in Glendora, California.

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4.0 su 5 stelle Great Tips for Pastoral Ministry 15 maggio 2013
Di Dr Conrade Yap - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
It is common knowledge that pastoral ministry is among the toughest place to work. At the same time, it can be extremely enriching and satisfying when one sees lives change for God. It is not about making money. It is about touching lives. It is not about material success, but spiritual growth. It is not about self-accomplishment, but about humble service. Like all organizations, the pastoral ministry is also about leadership, with the pastor as a crucial member of the leadership structure. While some churches are more hierarchical than the rest, and others are less, the importance of the pastor cannot be overstated. The Scriptures remind us that if we are blind, we may very well be part of the blind-leading-the-blind movement. Here is where this book shines. Containing 101 and "indispensable rules of thumb" for Church leaders, it covers 15 major aspects of Church. There are rules for:

- Evangelism and Outreach
- Visitors and how to welcome them
- Worship
- Connecting with newcomers
- Small groups
- Christian Education
- Care
- Volunteer Matters
- Programs and Planning
- Staff and Leadership
- Facilities and Maintenance
- Finances
- Change
- Revitalization
- Demographical awareness and Strategies

Designed for the busy pastor and church leader, the chapters are brief and to the point. Gary McIntosh and Charles Arn, both experienced in the pastoral ministry have come together to merge their expertise, knowledge, and in-depth personal encounters on all things church, to give us a book that contains the best tips for pastoral work. They have combed many seminars and consultations, researched and even written on such matters in the past, and condensed many of the best ideas into this one book. Every chapter begins with a stated objective or "rule." It introduces the purpose, the problem, and the promise. It explains the different ways that challenges can be dealt with. The step-by-step description ensures that the reader do not lose track of the thought process. Filled with biblical references and applications, the book overflows with practical ideas.

My Thoughts
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Five things are particularly important.

First, clarity is emphasized, with clearly identified steps and explanations. Not only is the ministry aspect clearly stated up-front in the title and in each introduction, the point-by-point ideas can stimulate readers to come out with their own ideas too. This is a mark of clarity. For instance, in the ministry of evangelism and outreach, the authors provide 5 guidelines on how to go about with evangelism matters. After passing the third idea, I find my creative juices freely flowing.

Second., brevity is beauty. Some guidebooks can become too lengthy. Just like a good dissertation, a good book need not be the size of an encyclopedia. Pastors themselves are already equipped to some degree, and many mainly require a key to unlock their mountain of knowledge, learned over the years. Most of the tips are about 2-5 pages long, and will appeal very much to the busy pastor.

Third, the diagrams, tables, and illustrations make this book a pleasure to read. As the saying goes, a picture speaks more than a thousand words. In this book, a visual can lead to many more thoughts. For example, in the chapter on Christian Education, the simple diagram of the relationships between teachers and students allows readers to add in their own take on how to work with the teacher-student ratio as well as to plan it across age groups. Even the statistics given can help us be more aware and discerning in situating our local church with the statistical outcomes. Knowing that every church is different, there is no harm in understanding what other churches are encountering as well. We can avoid re-inventing the wheel or avoid the pitfalls of certain strategies.

Four, the coverage is broad. Leading a Church can be very complex. There are many issues to deal with. The book covers not just buildings and budgets, it shows readers about the nitty-gritty of management, leadership, relationships, biblical perspectives, and core church ministries. For example, the chapter on small groups not only show us that there are many different types of small groups, it shines a light forward on how to lead them.

Five, this guidebook can be a primer for readers to do their own research into any one area of ministry. Granted that different churches have different needs, not everyone will benefit from all 101 rules. As a reference, I am amazed at the amount of information packed into a small footprint. Only experienced people are able to consolidate them well.

Having said that, let me offer three ideas for improvement. First, have a bigger bibliography that contains the best of pastoral resources. This enables interested readers with little time to do their own research. Second, more alternative views can help. This book is written more from a North American perspective. I appreciate the chapter on demographics and ethnic identity, and feel that these are increasingly more important in a globalizing economy and world immigration patterns. My third suggestion is a more practical one. What about having tabs on the book to make it something easy to refer to?

Unlike John Bisagno's "Pastor's Handbook," this book tends to focus more on strategies and methods. Bisagno's book is more complete in the sense that it not only deals with the what or how to, it deals with the person and the spiritual side of the pastor as well. Here lies the biggest flaw in this book. As much as pastoral ministry is important, it is equally, if not more important to understand the pastor. Anyone can do pastoral ministry. Not everyone can do it "pastorally." This book is high on the rules, but low on the person doing the work. I suspect that this is a "given" already. Let me suggest that readers supplement this book with Bisagno's or Eugene Peterson's writings about the pastoral ministry.

That said, you do not need to be a "pastor" in order to benefit from reading this book. What about buying this for your pastor? You can also learn to understand what pastors have to face everyday. At the same time, this book can also help readers pray for their pastor, support them, and in the process, help the Church to grow.

Rating: 4.25 stars of 5.

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This book is provided to me free, courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Baker Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle An Awesome Read Over and Over Again 13 settembre 2013
Di David C. Bocock - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
I find myself reading and rereading these little gems of instruction and motivation. Some of them won't work in my setting but many of them will and it's like having an encouraging friend there to poke, prod, and support you with wisdom.
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Very Nice Resource 5 giugno 2013
Di MasterAP - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
Are you a pastor? Would you like a book that gives answers and practical ideas for almost every area of church leadership?

Gary McIntosh and Charles Arn cover so many bases in this book it was difficult for me not to skip over many sections. (In fact, I did skip some parts)

How should you advertise your church and ministries? Covered
How to get ideas that resonate with your congregation? Covered
Best ways to make guests feel welcomed? Covered
How to handle staff? Covered

There is so much more to this. This is a one-stop Q&A for anyone in leadership.

If nothing else, this book will give you a jolt in the ideas department. The ideas are practical and easy. Some authors write hundreds of pages in what these two can do in a few paragraphs.

Excellent resource.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Baker Books.
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent help on many Pastoral issues 29 maggio 2013
Di Dr. Roy E. Sprague - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato
This book addresses many issues which Pastors face and gives many helpful guidelines for dealing with each one. I found it most helpful.
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle excellent 20 maggio 2013
Di Warren Cook - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
interesting and right on the money, definitely written by "someone on the inside" who knows what it's really like to be a pastor. honest, genuine, great ideas for "doing it better" without putting you down for the dumb mistakes you've made in the past

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