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In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership: Tapping the Wisdom of the World for the Kingdom of God

ISBN: 978-1-118-16259-0
256 pages
November 2011, Jossey-Bass
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Is it possible for church leaders to use biblical and secular leadership concepts in a way that keeps Christ—not the marketplace—at the center of their mission? Drawing on biblical material and business wisdom, In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership explores the critical leadership decisions and practices that shape the success of Christian organizations. These decisions are illustrated in compelling interviews with over forty leaders of churches, universities, denominational bodies, and international ministries. Mike Bonem leverages his background as an MBA-trained manager and an experienced church leader to bridge the gap between the analytical and structured world of business and the faith-driven approach that is essential for healthy churches.

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.

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Table of Contents

About the Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series ix

Preface xi

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

Notes 241

Annotated Bibliography 249

Acknowledgments 253

The Author 257

Index 259

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Author Information

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

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