Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; 2 edition (January 14, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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This book is full of inspiration and big-picture concepts about balancing the two sides of congregational leadership named in the title. Great ideas rarely get implemented as they are initially conceived, and compromises can make new initiatives even worse than what came before. I am recommending this book to anyone who will listen, especially church leaders. I am also trying to manage my expectations about how fully these ideas can manifest in a real congregation.
I have referred the first edition of this book to my consulting clients for years. It is a classic. The second edition is like reading a new book. Chapters 7-11 are totally new, new appendices and the first six chapters are refined by Dan in ways that make them feel like a new read. I especially appreciate the new take on the importance of size. Dan refines the classic family-pastoral-program-corporate paradigm in ways that are more appropriate to the realities of 21st century congregations. He also speaks wisely about creating a lay-clergy partnership as governance systems are redesigned. Most importantly, he helps us get to something we all know: our members don't want to spend so much time on governance. They want to do hands-on ministry work. He helps us understand how to make that happen. Whether you read the first edition or not, I strong recommend reading the second edition.
I found this book to be very good and thoughtfully written. The description and suggestion for the nuts and bolts of holding meetings were particularly helpful.
One of the most helpful resources ever written to create, amend or adapt ways to govern and ways to look at the relationship of the board to a congregation.
Got this for my sister. Exactly what she asked for
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