Heart, Mind, and Strength: Theory and Practice for Congregational Leadership

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Rowman & Littlefield, Dec 8, 2008 - Religion - 181 pages
Leadership, observes Jeffrey Jones, is never about you. What happens to you as a leader stems from a vast array of issues and dynamics over which you have little or no control. Leadership, Jones also insists, is always about you--Christ's disciple, part of the system, an individual with your own anxieties and a personal life that shapes both your personhood and your relationships.Heart, Mind, and Strength is about dealing with the tension between these two realities. What we know is important. So is who we are--maybe even more so. Of course, admits Jones, no book can tell u s everything we need to know about leadership--the "what" of it. And certainly no book can shape our personhood--the "who" of leadership. Jones, however, shares both theoretical and practical insights that will inform the "what' and influence the "who" of your leadership in transformative ways. Jones organizes the book around the daily practices of leadership, treating it as both a skill and an art. Heart, Mind, and Strength will enhance your practice of ministry by providing well-grounded theory related to the practical concerns you encounter in the daily work of balancing what you know with who you are.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 The Who and What of Leadership
1
CHAPTER 2 Three Perspectives on Leadership
11
CHAPTER 3 Attending to Self
35
CHAPTER 4 Modeling Faithfulness
59
CHAPTER 5 Discerning Vision
73
CHAPTER 6 Creating and Sustaining Common Ground
91
CHAPTER 7 Empowering Others
117
CHAPTER 8 Working with Groups
135
CHAPTER 9 Dealing with Institutional Stress and Conflict
153
NOTES
167
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Jeffrey D. Jones is the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He also serves as Director of Distance Learning at Andover Newton Theological School, where he is Instructor in Church and Ministry, teaching courses in leadership and congregational life. He has served previously as a pastor in New Jersey and New York and as a national staff member of the American Baptist Churches, USA. He is the author of several books, including Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple-Forming Congregations.

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