Leadership Essentials

Leadership Essentials
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Where will you find your next team of capable, committed leaders for your congregation?

Churches across the country search for committed people with a heart for ministry, people who are ready to use their gifts in the ministries of the church. Your best potential leaders may already be in your congregation.

This resource, used as a study tool or a desk reference, will help men and women in the church find the tools, direction and inspiration they need to become the best leaders they can be.

Leadership Essentials offers practical skills, worksheets, and practice exercises in areas including:

What Kind of Leader Will You Be?
Making Disciples
Building and Sustaining Teams
Meetings that Work
Developing Vision, Mission, and Values Statements
Strategic Planning
Effective Communication 
Managing Conflict 
Leading Change and Encouraging Innovation
Developing the Next Generation of Leaders 
Keeping It All in Perspective


Leadership Essentials
offers direction distilled from years of experience in a church known for its vibrant lay leadership. With tested and real-life techniques from COR's leadership development team, this book can be used by individuals as a continual study or by topic or by groups who are working together to build their leadership skills.

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Leadership from the Heart Leader Kit with CD-Rom

Leadership from the Heart Leader Kit with CD-Rom
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Recruitment & Training
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LEADERSHIP

Leadership from the Heart is a 10-week study resource for small groups, designed to recruit active volunteers to step up and become lay leaders by promoting the concept of "Servant Leadership".

Instead of the secular concept of leadership, which appeals to ego and ambition for power, Leadership from the Heart calls Christians to leadership by appealing to their desire to help others.

Participants are trained to -

  • Develop their own spiritual practices
  • Care for those they lead
  • Renew the church from within
  • Grow to spiritual maturity
  • Each class session is built around - Head, Heart, and Hands. Class content includes background material, group sharing, and action steps.

    The issues covered throughout the series include servant leadership, spiritual disciplines, maturity, spiritual gifts, calling, God's purpose for your life, transformation of individuals and community, team building, and team leading.

    Includes a Leaders Guide, with plans for all 10 sessions plus the student book content, and a DVD with promotional material and ten 10-minute video segments to open each class session.


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    Leadership from the Heart Participant

    Leadership from the Heart Participant
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    Recruitment & Training
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    LEADERSHIP

    Leadership from the Heart is a 10-week study resource for small groups, designed to recruit active volunteers to step up and become lay leaders by promoting the concept of "Servant Leadership".

    Instead of the secular concept of leadership, which appeals to ego and ambition for power, Leadership from the Heart calls Christians to leadership by appealing to their desire to help others.

    Participants are trained to -

  • Develop their own spiritual practices
  • Care for those they lead
  • Renew the church from within
  • Grow to spiritual maturity
  • Each class session is built around - Head, Heart, and Hands.

    Class content includes background material, group sharing, and action steps.

    The issues covered throughout the series include servant leadership, spiritual disciplines, maturity, spiritual gifts, calling, God's purpose for your life, transformation of individuals and community, team building, and team leading.



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    Marketing Your Church to the Community

    Marketing Your Church to the Community
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    Abingdon Press & The Church of the Resurrection Ministry Guides are the #1 choice for recruiting, motivating, and developing lay leadership for specialized ministries from A to Z. For those sharing the vision of reaching out with welcoming arms and a welcoming message, Marketing Your Church to the Community stands ready to help. Written clearly, concisely, and entertainingly, this guide will: * Arm you with ideas for getting your message right * Direct you through the marketing options maze * Help you keep your cool--while getting everything done Each guide in the Abingdon Press & The Church of the Resurrection Ministry Guides is user-friendly, encouraging, and full of ideas that can be put into use right away--even on a limited budget or no budget at all!

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    Ministry of Administrative Assistants

    Ministry of Administrative Assistants
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    This ministry guide has been written to provide information about how to provide support ministry to the people with whom you work. This guide is also for people who work in many different ministry settings, a church or denominational administrative office, a small or medium size church, a parachurch or missions focused organization, and large churches. It will assist them with how they look at their ministry, and the level of support that is needed for their particular setting.

    A call to ministry is an important thing to understand for an administrative assistant; your heart and the way you deal with people and tasks are different if you understand your position as a call to ministry rather than a job for a paycheck. If you understand that you represent not just your pastor and your church, but Christ to every person who calls, stops by, e-mails, etc., you approach your tasks and people differently. Working as the assistant to a pastor, or any person in ministry, you have to approach your tasks with an understanding of who you are serving, and you are serving Christ and his people.

    The position of Administrative Assistant is a vital part of the over-all ministry of your church and the congregation. You are the gate-keeper, bridge-builder, keeper of the "information", soother of wounded feelings, and the deliverer of unwanted news. You are the person who has your finger on the pulse of your congregation and your community. You are the person people will come to for answers. You will handle thousands of details related to dozens of different projects and commitments for your pastor. You will help make your pastor's ministry seamless.

    While all of these descriptions may make your head spin, this is a part of the ministry of being an assistant. You can look at each day as a challenge or an adventure. If you understand your job as a ministry and understand your call to this ministry you are ready for a great adventure. Begin each day with a prayer for wisdom and strength, surrender your mind and will to God, and prepare yourself to work with the heart of a servant.

    As Christ walks alongside you in your daily life, you will learn to walk along side your pastor and to be a partner in their ministry.

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    Propel: Good Stewardship, Greater Generosity

    Propel: Good Stewardship, Greater Generosity
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    Pastors and other church leaders often feel ill-equipped in the critical area of stewardship and giving. Propel: Good Stewardship, Greater Generosity fills that need by offering a comprehensive course in church stewardship for the pastor, stewardship leader, or seminarian. Author Clayton Smith gives clear instructions for the organization and implementation of annual campaigns, planned giving programs, memorial gifts, and much more. He offers an extraordinary depth and breadth of practical information along with the wisdom that comes with decades of real church leadership experience. "Every pastor should have a copy of Propel readily at hand all year long. It is as complete a guide to all phases of Christian financial stewardship as exists today. I highly recommend it because of the excellent content but also because of the author. Clayton Smith has been a student of financial stewardship all his life. I am thrilled that now others may learn from him. I wish I had this book forty years ago when I started out. Propel will make a difference in your ministry!" --J. Clif Christopher, President and CEO, Horizons Stewardship Company "As leaders, we often know we must do something differently, but we are not sure what or how. Clayton Smith propels us forward. This amazing resource identifies the many wayswe can lead our congregations into a bright future. Smith's strategies and methods for generosity apply to every church leader, any size church, and all denominations. This is more than a stewardship or finance book. It helps build a culture in which Christians can become the generous people they are intended to be." --Donald W. Joiner, Director of Operations and Stewardship, General Board of Discipleship "Propel demystifies the practices of generosity and stewardship in local congregations. It is both a scholarly guide for pastors and a detailed handbook for lay leaders. Smith covers giving of all varieties and offers proven techniques that work in churches of all sizes and contexts. Propel is a valuable guide for every leader, clergy or lay, who sees generosity as an inescapable element of Christian discipleship." --Byrd L. Bonner, AIF, President, United Methodist Church Foundation "Clayton Smith in his wonderful book Propel: Good Stewardship, Greater Generosity, describes six different ways to help people grow in their giving." --Margaret Marcuson, Marcuson Leadership Circle

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    Pursuit: Living Fully in Pursuit of God's Presence

    Pursuit: Living Fully in Pursuit of God's Presence
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    Many of us lead quiet lives of desperation. Longing for purpose, we look to the material world--jobs, money and belongings--to secure meaning for ourselves. Instead we only perpetuate the feeling that a full and significant life is beyond our grasp.Can you relate to this?You are not alone. Through story and Scripture, author Scott Chrostek takes us on a pilgrimage to explore the true meaning and purpose of our existence. Pursuit challenges us to participate fully in God's mission in the world. To do so, we live counter-intuitively--by committing everything we have to God and others, we actually reclaim our freedom and identity.Are you ready to find life? Let the pursuit begin.
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    Recruiting Volunteers

    Recruiting Volunteers
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    The Abingdon-Church of the Resurrection Ministry Guides are the first choice for recruiting, motivating, and developing lay leadership for specialized ministries from A to Z—from adult ministries to ushering. Each inexpensive, 64-page Guide brings together Church of the Resurrection’s can-do attitude with Abingdon Press’s ministry of empowering church leaders. The result is a series that is user-friendly, encouraging, and most important, practical. The passion to help churches experience how many things they can do to encourage participation drives these Ministry Guides.

    Each Guide is concise, conversational, and current, full of ideas you’ll be able to implement immediately, with little or no budget. Recognizing that volunteers are busy people who work hard, the Guides will be the first place to turn when you’re new to a topic, to help you feel empowered, prepare quickly, and get up and running with confidence and creativity. You’ll find eye-catching icons and features that help you move directly to practical, fun, and effective solutions.

    An excerpt from the Circuit Rider review: "This little guide, another in the series out of The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood Kansas, will be helpful to churches large, medium and small desiring to develop and expand lay participation in all aspects of congregational life and work. Dan Entwistle, managing executive director for programs and ministries at The Church of the Resurrection, writes out of years of experience in recruiting, training and deploying laypeople for ministry. His book will be no less valuable to UMM and UMW units, campus ministries, conference and district staff and church-related non-profits."

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    Resurrection Window: Vision, Creation, Mission

    Resurrection Window: Vision, Creation, Mission
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    For more than 2.000 years, the interaction of light and color in stained glass has told sacred stories and created a sense of reverence, wonder and awe for worshippers. This is the story of one such interaction, but this one is of profound size—The Resurrection Window, a magnificent work of art that combines techniques from the seventh century with the technology of the twenty-first century.  

    This book details the journey of this two year-long effort. Using vivid narrative and hundreds of detailed, richly colored images, The Resurrection Window: Vision, Creation, Mission follows the making of the 100-foot-wide stained glass masterpiece . . . from concept to its installation as the focal point of the sanctuary of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.

    From the sanctuary’s soaring roofline, to the generous use of native limestone and natural wood, to the symbolism of the building’s striking exterior, the book explores how every element in the innovative design provides a most-appropriate setting for the breathtaking window.

    We invite you to enter this story. Meet the collaborative visionaries, learn of the design process, see the development of innovative glass techniques, and discover how an interplay of story, color, and light can transport you into the presence of God.

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    Serving from the Heart DVD Revised

    Serving from the Heart DVD Revised
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    God’s plan for the church calls for each member of the Body of Christ to play a vital role. Sometimes we think that serving God is an obligation, a duty, and that it isn’t meant to be enjoyable. The truth is, though, that God wants us to find joy and fulfillment when we serve. That happens when we serve in a role that matches who God created us to be.
    In this updated edition of Serving from the Heart, church members will take a 6-week journey of self-discovery as they learn more about how the Body of Christ is intended to function, and what that means to each person.

    This study (also workable in 7 Sunday School sessions) leads adults through assessing their spiritual gifts, talents and abilities, resources, individual style, dreams and experiences…all adding up to an enhanced capacity to serve God and neighbor.

    The DVD supports interactive group study with:

    Eight 5-6 minute teaching videos with the authors
    Nine video teaching tips for group leaders
    PowerPoint slides, handouts, and other teaching helps
    Also available are a Leader Guide and Workbook.
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    Serving from the Heart Leader's Guide Revised

    Serving from the Heart Leader's Guide Revised
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    God's plan for the church calls for each member of the Body of Christ to play a vital role. Sometimes we think that serving God is an obligation, a duty, and that it isn't meant to be enjoyable. The truth is, though, that God wants us to find joy and fulfillment when we serve. That happens when we serve in a role that matches who God created us to be.

    In this updated edition of Serving from the Heart, church members will take a 6-week journey of self-discovery as they learn more about how the Body of Christ is intended to function, and what that means to each person.

    This study (also workable in 7 Sunday School sessions) leads adults through assessing their spiritual gifts, talents and abilities, resources, individual style, dreams and experiences...all adding up to an enhanced capacity to serve God and neighbor.

    Also available are a Workbook and DVD.

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    Serving from the Heart Participant Guide Revised

    Serving from the Heart Participant Guide Revised
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    God's plan for the church calls for each member of the Body of Christ to play a vital role. Sometimes we think that serving God is an obligation, a duty, and that it isn't meant to be enjoyable. The truth is, though, that God wants us to find joy and fulfillment when we serve. That happens when we serve in a role that matches who God created us to be.

    In this updated edition of Serving from the Heart, church members will take a 6-week journey of self-discovery as they learn more about how the Body of Christ is intended to function, and what that means to each person.

    This study (also workable in 7 Sunday School sessions) leads adults through assessing their spiritual gifts, talents and abilities, resources, individual style, dreams and experiences...all adding up to an enhanced capacity to serve God and neighbor.

    Also available are a Leader Guide and DVD.

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    Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple hardback book

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    He left everything to follow his teacher and possessed a passion that would change the world. That's one way to describe Peter. Here's another: poor, uneducated, quick-tempered, and full of doubts and fears. Doesn't even sound like the same man.

    And that's the point of Simon Peter, a new book and six-week adult Bible study by Adam Hamilton. Peter was just an ordinary guy who heard and followed God's extraordinary call. Discover how you, too, have special gifts, talents, and abilities that God can use to make a difference today. In addition to the Leader Guide and DVD components for adult studies, corresponding youth and children's resources, sold separately, can be used to create a churchwide study.

    Chapters Include:

    1. The Call of the Fisherman
    2. Walking with Jesus in the Storm
    3. Bedrock or Stumbling Block?
    4. "I Will Not Deny You"
    5. From Cowardice to Courage
    6. The Rest of the Story
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    Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple Large Print Book

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    He left everything to follow his teacher and possessed a passion that would change the world. That's one way to describe Peter. Here's another: poor, uneducated, quick-tempered, and full of doubts and fears. Doesn't even sound like the same man.

    And that's the point of Simon Peter, a new book and six-week adult Bible study by Adam Hamilton. Peter was just an ordinary guy who heard and followed God's extraordinary call. Discover how you, too, have special gifts, talents, and abilities that God can use to make a difference today. In addition to the Leader Guide and DVD components for adult studies, corresponding youth and children's resources, sold separately, can be used to create a churchwide study.

    Chapters Include:

    1. The Call of the Fisherman
    2. Walking with Jesus in the Storm
    3. Bedrock or Stumbling Block?
    4. "I Will Not Deny You"
    5. From Cowardice to Courage
    6. The Rest of the Story
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    Starting a Praise Band

    Starting a Praise Band
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    Book by Winkler, Lance
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    Youth Ministry

    Youth Ministry
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    Gant focuses on a practical approach to youth ministry needs, emphasizing that young people need to understand a relationship with God through their head, their heart, and their hands.

    This practical, user-friendly, guide includes:

    A collection of solid ideas that zero in on helping professional staff and laypersons develop and maintain a thriving youth ministry.

    Shows leaders how to create a place where youth come to know God personally through youth groups, retreats, and special events.

    Offers suggestions for building young people's knowledge through Sunday school, small groups, Bible studies, and discussion groups.

    Includes tips for challenging youth with options to serve through missions, ministry teams, and acts of kindness and mercy.
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    9780687650392
    Publication Date: 
    2008-04-01
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