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Some very helpful ideas, and others not so helpfulMay 01, 2012
By S. Grotzke
Path: The book is a compilation of various authors who have written on the six key categories of administration: integration, planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and evaluating.
Agreement: One particularly helpful chapter was that which dealt with vision. The author of the article lists fourteen possible contributors to the loss of vision (pg. 72). These included being out of touch with God, burnout, poor leadership, absence of accountability, and a many others.
Disagreement: There were several areas where I disagreed with the authors. One of those was their distinction between ruling elders and teaching elders (pg. 21). I believe that they are one and the same and there is no need for a distinction. Also, I thought that the Scripture passage used to "capture the idea of vision" (pg. 74), namely Acts 2:17, was a misuse of Scripture.
Personal App: One chapter which I found very helpful was chapter eighteen (pg. 313-332) which dealt with mentoring. I found the concepts included in the chapter to be very insightful. I have been mentored at various stages of my life, few were official, but all helpful. The one which began as official never amounted to more than the first meeting. The participation in these various relationships only gives me a desire for another, deeper mentoring relationship. I see it as absolutely necessary, and desire to do it myself with men in my church and my spheres of influence.
I plan on using ideas from several of the chapters, but I am not sure that it would be a book I would reread regularly.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Most Valuable Book!Sep 25, 2009
This is one of my current textbooks, and I have taken classes from Dr. Anthony, the editor. I can guarantee you that Dr. Anthony is a seasoned minister, a brilliant teacher, and a passionate Christian. He is incredibly wise.
This book teaches all of the administration stuff that pastors generally do not like to do, but have to in order to minister. This text comes from a strong Biblical perspective and will help you make your administrative processes more efficient. I have known many, many successful pastors who always say that this book was one of the most useful they ever bought.
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Excellent & Clear DirectionJan 13, 2008
By Anthony Amdur
Where internal church organization and planning has had to debrief established business practices, this is a well written and easy to follow and understand comprehensive guide for all of the organizations and committees inside a church. Totally non-denominational, chapters reveal planning stages and steps, and why they are important. We don't want to hurt anyone's feelings in the church. Planning and management guidelines provided are relevant and action oriented. We don't just put it in God's hand to accomplish, we open and read this essential book He has delivered.
5 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Management Essentials...a huge help for me.Sep 09, 2005
By Heaven Dancer
I was specifically looking for a book that would help me organize the plans I had for the new Dance Ministry I started at my church. I wanted a book that understood how the unique business of a church runs and would help me organize and present my ideas to my pastor. This book is more than perfect. It seems to be written for people just like me. I recommend it for anyone starting a new ministry, or just looking for a way to organize or maintain an existing ministry.
Like the Bible, very applicable to all of lifeJan 23, 2013
I learned a lot from this book. Information within this book I can use for life and for wherever God installs me in to work. Biblical leadership/management is key for a Christian regardless if it's in the home, business, church, society, politics, etc. This book will help aid you in becoming a better Christian leader/manager. It is full of applicable biblical verses to help aid a believer into becoming a Christian leader/manager, but more importantly, a man of God!
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