In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership: Tapping the Wisdom of the World for the Kingdom of God
January 2012, Jossey-Bass
Written to offer practical solutions for senior pastors, executive pastors, key laypeople, and leaders of other Christian entities, In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership clearly shows the ways that secular practices can be imported into their organizations. Bonem addresses a variety of topics such as planning, finances, personnel management, measurement, team dynamics, and organizational change. In doing so, he points to the AND that every spiritual organization should strive to achieve.
1 Is Great the Enemy of Godly? 1
2 Where Should You Begin? 20
P A R T ON E: TO O L S FOR GR E A T AND GO D L Y L E A D E R S H I P 33
3 Is God in Your Plans? 37
4 Are Your Plans Fruitful? 59
5 Who Is on the Bus? 74
6 Do You Measure What Matters? 97
7 How Will You Finance the Dream? 117
8 Are “All Systems Go”? 135
P A R T TWO: BEYOND T H E T O O L S 147
9 Is Everyone on the Same Page? 149
10 Why Is Culture Important? 168
11 Are You Prepared to Change? 184
12 Are You Guarding Your Heart? 205
Appendix A: The People Behind the Stories 221
Appendix B: Practical Tips for Managing People 231
Appendix C: Practical Ideas for Measurement 235
Annotated Bibliography 249
The Author 257
Mike Bonem is an experienced church consultant and speaker. He has served on the pastoral staff of a congregation for over ten years, and previously spent nearly twenty years in the marketplace as a business executive and consultant. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is the co-author of Leading from the Second Chair and Leading Congregational Change. He is a trusted advisor and valued resource to the leaders of congregations, denominations, and Christian organizations. www.mikebonem.com
“What a timely book with insightful and thought provoking discussions! The truths will stir your leadership from great to godly. If you are looking for a book that challenges your thinking, search no more. A must-read for leaders of 21st century churches,” Dr. Wayne Cordeiro, Senior Past and Founder, New Hope Christian Fellowship
IN PURSUIT OF GREAT AND GODLY LEADERSHIP
Tapping the Wisdom of the World for the Kingdom of God
It is often assumed by the secular world that Church leaders do not have their MBAs; however, why not? Churches, like businesses, thrive when they have strong leaders who can meet their constitutes needs – whether it be community building or personal guidance. That was the inspiration behind author and Harvard MBA Mike Bonem’s IN PURSUIT OF GREAT AND GODLY LEADERSHIP: Tapping the Wisdom of the World for the Kingdom of God, which explores the critical leadership and decisions that shape the success of Christian organizations.
Tapping into his background as an MBA-trained manager and experience church leader, Bonem bridges the gap between the analytical and structured world of business and the faith-driven approach that is essential for healthy churches. He shows that is possible for church leaders to use biblical and secular leadership concepts that honor Christ – not the marketplace, by drawing on biblical material and business wisdom.
As Bonem says, “the Bible provides our core foundation, but it doesn’t have all of the answers on how to be an effective leader, especially a leader in the twenty-first century. This book will help pastors grow in their leadership, as well as help them better connect with the businesspeople in their congregations because they’ll be able to more clearly see the common ground that both stand on.”
IN PURSUIT OF GREAT AND GODLY LEADERSHIP offers practical solutions and addresses many challenges that churches face: financially, personnel management, organizational change and interpersonal dynamics. Drawing on over forty interviews with key leaderships of churches, universities and denominational bodies, Bonem shows readers how successful leaders can follow a faith-driven path by implementing the strong leadership practices that exist in the corporate world.
Church leadership should always be shaped by God’s word; however, that does not mean that leaders cannot also learn from the secular world. Readers will benefit from both Bonem’s love of Christ, as well his fearless insights and convictions about how churches and leaders can continue to thrive in our ever-shifting world.