Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller: The Elder Statesman of Church Leadership

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Abingdon Press, 2012 - Religion - 216 pages
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One poll declared him the most influential American church leader of the last 100 years. Lyle E. Schaller has written literally millions of words of insight and advice for church leaders. His books alone number nearly 60 titles and span 40 years of publication, beginning in 1964.

Now, this single volume makes available his best insights, organized by topic and framed with fascinating background perspective of Schaller himself. This volume both introduces Schaller to a new generation of church leaders and is a handy resource for those who grew up on Schaller's writing and count him as a major ministry influence.

 

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Contents

What Influenced Schaller
12
Schaller the Author
20
What the Future Holds
31
Asking Tough Questions from Three Million Words
39
How Do I Follow a LongTerm Pastor?
46
Whats the Best Way to Introduce Change at My Church?
55
How Do I Build on the Strengths of a SmallAttendance Church?
64
How Do I Build on the Strengths of a Large Church?
74
Why Is Innovation Important at Church?
101
Plateaued in Attendance?
111
Why Is It So Important to Develop Allies and How?
121
Should Our Church Become Multisite?
136
What Needs to Change for More People to Volunteer?
151
Schallers NinetySix Books
164
Notes
178
Acknowledgments
191

How Do I Best Expand the Teaching Ministry of My Church?
83
What Are the Land Mines to Avoid in a Merger?
93

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About the author (2012)

Lyle E. Schaller was the country's leading interpreter of congregational systems and their vitality. He was the author of dozens of books, including From Geography to Affinity, also published by Abingdon Press. He lived in Naperville, Illinois.

Warren Bird nbsp;( www.warrenbird.com ) credits Lyle Schaller's speaking and books as a major influence in his development. Warren is one of the nation's leading researchers of church leaders, focusing on high-impact congregations recognized for their health, evangelism and leadership development. He is the director of research for Leadership Network, a non-profit that provides peer groups and resources for innovative church leaders. An award-winning writer, Warren has collaboratively authored 24 books and more than 200 magazine articles or online reports, all on subjects related to church health. An ordained minister, he has been a church planter and staff pastor. He graduated from Wheaton College and Graduate School (B.A., M.A.), Alliance Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Fordham University (Ph.D.) in sociology of religion, and has served as an adjunct professor at Alliance Theological Seminary since 1995. He and his wife Michelle live in metro New York City. They have two grown children. nbsp;

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