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Christ-Based Leadership : Applying the Bible and Today's Best Leadership Models to Become an Effective Leader
As a pastor, layleader, or leader of a ministry you know what the Bible has to say about leadership. You've also probably read some leadership books or heard the experts talk about effective leadership. Now, how do you put everything you've heard together?
In Christ-Based Leadership David Stark, a pastor, business consultant, and trainer, has done that for you. In one of the most practical and useful leadership books you'll ever read, you'll learn about today's best leadership concepts and how they measure up to the biblical leadership model. Then discover how to put the principles into practice to become a more effective leader in your church, ministry, or business.
Just a few of the books and experts he draws from include
Leading Change, James O'Toole
Good to Great and Built to Last, Jim Collins
Now, Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton
Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest, Peter Block
Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick M. Lencioni
Stark asks twelve questions about your leadership style and methods, including
What is the truth of your ambition?
Who is lord of your leadership?
What is your definition of success?
Who are you here to serve?
These questions and your thoughtful answers will combine to make you the servant-leader you want to become
Stark, a workshop leader and seminar speaker who is director of Changing Church ministries in Minnesota, offers readers an exhaustive treatise on developing a Christ-based leadership model by making comparisons to current business methods. Stark lends his personal and professional expertise to this biblically based text that delineates how to create teams of men and women that intentionally focus upon the "whole work" rather than on individual players. According to Stark, the Bible recognizes that believers, though individually specialized, can function successfully as one unit without division. He believes that the Christian church has arrived at a crossroads whereby leadership must become more "market driven and niche sensitive." Just as successful businesses have learned to adapt to "people-niches" and "people-needs," so churches should follow suit, though Stark cautions that secular models aren't always fully adequate for the church's needs and mission. He coaches church leaders to define success, ambition, focus and to learn to play to people's strengths instead of wasting effort on overcoming weaknesses. While this resource is comprehensive, its dry presentation sadly guarantees that only the most determined reader will make it to the book's end. (Dec.)
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Baker Publishing Group
April 30, 2007
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Excerpt from Christ-Based Leadership by David Stark
Are You Leadership Literate?
This book came to life in my spirit on an unforgettable day in the early 1990s as I was reading global forecaster Alvin Toffler's The Third Wave. Toffler had always been quite prescient about the future, and his well-known statement struck me to the core:
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
At that time, well into my first years in ministry, I longed to learn the essence of good leadership. I also had a sneaking suspicion that I might need to unlearn and relearn a few things along the way. At any rate, energizing my quest were two different sets of motivations, each based on a leadership model.
The first bubbled up from my unsatisfying experiences with a certain model of small-group ministry. My senior pastor had asked me to apply it as soon as I arrived, and though I chafed at its top-down, authoritarian approach, I used the program "successfully" for a number of years.
Nevertheless, it was exhausting. What enormous effort just to sustain the leaders' vision! People weren't enjoying this, I wasn't enjoying it, and the fruit produced in participants' lives hardly resembled the fruit of the Spirit. Where was the love, the joy, the peace among us? We settled instead for much division, consistent strife, little unity, and feeble enthusiasm.
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I decided to look for a new way to do small-group ministry. While reading Toffler's book, it occurred to me that the business community, out of necessity, was moving into innovative structures to accomplish its goals in the work force. This secular marketplace movement, which was starting to look strangely similar to my own direction, was crucially based upon a deeper understanding of leadership. Could I learn from the business gurus while maintaining a thoroughly biblical philosophy of ministry? The idea intrigued me.
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Before I continue, please allow me a moment to review the basic thesis of The Third Wave. Toffler suggests that civilization has subsisted in three basic structures, or "waves," down through history.
The agricultural first wave involved living and laboring on extended family farms (which is still applicable for much of the world).
In the second wave, the industrial revolution, people began working in hierarchical organizations built around command-and-control models of leadership. The era of the machine was built upon mechanistic efficiency.
Then, around 1955, we entered the third wave: the information age. Here and now, Toffler says, a new working structure is evolving: less hierarchical, interdependent organizations that gather around communities of commitment. Peter Drucker would later call these "organic organizations," because the master image is no longer the lifeless machine but the living organism.
As I swam around in cutting-edge business thinking, one day it hit me: the New Testament uses the organic as its master image: the body of Christ. However, while we've had this theology of an organic organization from the beginning, the business community seemed to be moving from theory (its "theology") to application with more determination than the church.
This was out of necessity, of course, to meet the demands of a rapidly changing, swirling, exciting, startling world: Globalization. Computerization. Postmodernism and Gen Y. Talk radio, bloggers, and eBay. How else would they survive, thrive, and get their message across? Leaders in every field rose up ... to lead. They tackled the problem on all fronts�"they had to, for profits must not fall.
We, the church, on the other hand: Have our prophets fallen? It seemed to me we were holding on to second-wave forms of leadership and structure at all costs. We continued to create and maintain top-down, hierarchical, command-and-control, mechanistic organizations. Sound at all like your church?