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I often feel like a freak in the Kingdom. It's not because I don't fit in, or because I don't have great friends and connections in the ministry. Rather, it's because I'm continually provoked by the possibilities to change the world through various ministries, projects and endeavors-and that results in a lot of action, shifting, trial and error that takes many beyond their comfort zones. As a visionary, my heart is to provoke and awaken a generation to the greatness of God, and I am seeking any and every vehicle I can find, or invent, to get that message out there. God is looking for people to blaze a new trail-people who won't delay and who won't wait for others to affirm them with a vigorous thumb's up. He is seeking people, like Paul, who have the confidence to run the race and call people to follow them as they follow Christ.
Short Description (2,000 characters, including spaces) Dr. Jerry Cook spent fifty years as a pastor, teaching and writing about the presence of the Holy Spirit and of Christ in everyday life-including speaking in tongues. But in a conversation with a young pastor he realized the need to explain this topic in a practical, accessible way for those who may have only been exposed to it through "shocking" manifestations of fanaticism. In this conversation, the young pastor wondered what the "big deal" was, and when Cook got over his anger at this dismissive assessment, he tackled the concept head-on. Cook first asserts that "It is possible to be a sane, intellectually honest, biblical, and dynamic Christian who is filled with the Holy Spirit, speaks in tongues, and effectually ministers the full life of Christ." He does not shy away from his own doubts and struggles in the church and his personal faith, striving not to create an academic, theoretical work but to ask the right questions and provide genuine, compassionate advice. Here, find practical, Biblical answers to the questions of the young pastor and of other Christians who have struggled with this concept. Examine six significant events, from the in-breaking of God through the birth, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, ending with the day of Pentecost. Follow the radical relocation of God from "out there" to "with us" to "in us," and visualize the remarkable implications of this radical move to the Christian's everyday life. Examine the church and the manifestation of Christ in its structure, power, and gathering. Do not wonder what Jesus would do, but ask the radical question of who he would be. What does a practical, post-modern Spirit-filled Christian look like? How is Jesus made visible in everyday living, and why is it important? Who is the church, really? In accessible terms, Cook explains that we are not just to do what Jesus would do, but rather to be who Jesus would be. In this way, we can bring visibility to His presence and access to His life and hope.
Bloom Where You're Planted is about God's glory revealed in women
who answer that call in a uniquely fearsome way. It is about
pastor's wives, more specifically, it is the story of leaders who
step out in faith, and leaving everything solid and secure behind
them, partner with their husbands in planting new churches.
From the foreword by Jerry Cook - "If you love stories as I do, this book will not only instruct and challenge you, it will delight you. It is not a book of technique or infallible keys. It is the account of a leader living out his calling. In the warmth of that human story I was encouraged, challenged and, yes, entertained. I found myself underlining many remarks and passages that walked into my heart and spoke life to me."
What are the attributes that can distinguish you as an extraordinary leader? Do you sincerely love the people you lead, perhaps enough to give your life for them? Are you attentive to their needs and concerns? Do you strive to be creative in everything you pursue? To embrace the qualities that set you apart as the kind of person capable of making a profound and positive impact on the world, simply look to the example set by Jesus Christ. This is the strategy adopted by pastor and motivational speaker Anthony Amadikwa, who explored the depths of the scripture to identify thirty attributes in Christ that translate into a great leader. The Thirty Leadership Characters of Jesus Christ: Powerful lessons that can change you and make you fruitful and effective, draws from the Amadikwa's own ministry and study with the goal of helping those committed to developing powerful leadership principles and a meaningful ethos. A template for any person who wants to affect other lives positively, this easy-to-read study guide for every leader looks to Christ as the greatest inspiration and motivation for all humanity. It's an invaluable resource that will enable you to lead with empathy and effectiveness, and ensure that your impact is always constructive, compassionate, and, above all, Christlike.
This is the second book in the "sheep attack series." After publishing the best selling "When Sheep Attack" the conversation around a handful of antagonists attacking pastors and dividing congregations has increased. This follow up book expands the original 25 case studies to over 200 including clergy of virtually every denomination, music ministers, other lay professionals and lay leaders. This book is needed because educating denominational lay leaders and healthy parish leaders on this behavior is the first line of defense. In this book, Doctor Maynard exposes the essential staff catalyst that fuels an attack on pastors. He also lists a six point plan that has proven successful in stopping sheep attacks. The book is written in a format that can be easily adapted to vestry and board study. Examples of steps parish boards need to take to assist with clergy health and wellness are included. There are also examples of non-triangulation covenants every vestry and board should adopt. Other topics included: Defining leadership styles, Sabbaticals a two-edged sword, The quicksand around parish day schools, Why it is inevitable someone will be ejected from the congregational system after a sheep attack and others.
Every six minutes a handful of parish members (often no more than a half dozen) bully, intimidate, threaten and blackmail successful pastors into resigning their ministries. The wounds they inflict on these pastors and their families remain with them for the balance of their lives. Congregational leaders that stand with the pastors are often attacked and left wounded from the same trauma. This is a book of healing. It is written for senior pastors, music ministers, lay professionals and lay leaders that are suffering with the wounds of a sheep attack. The author examines the depth of the pain that the antagonists are able to inflict. He brings forth the damaging effects of Chronic Stress, Emotional Memories, Burnout and Post Traumatic Stress Injury. Based on the experiences of over 200 clergy of virtually every branch of Christianity and Jewish Rabbis he describes the methods they have utilized to heal and move forward with their lives. This is the third book in the series on "sheep attacks" by The Reverend Doctor Dennis Maynard. The others are: "When Sheep Attack" and "Preventing A Sheep Attack."
"The Society of Friends has never had many members, scarcely more than 200,000 in the entire world.... But it is not the number that matters. What counts more is their inner strength and their deeds." -Gunnar Jahn, chairman of the Nobel Committee in 1947, upon awarding the Religious Society of Friends with the Nobel Peace Prize What is this inner strength? How does it help shape such effective leaders and organizations? This collection of essays from contemporary American Quaker leaders is a wealth of personal reflections on these questions. For study groups and newcomers to Quakerism, each section includes an introduction and queries for deeper exploration of listening, discernment, and action as led by the Spirit. Contributors include: Shan Cretin, Executive Secretary of American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) C. Wess Daniels, pastor of Camas Friends Church Robin Mohr, Executive Secretary of Friends World Committee for Consultation, Section of the Americas (FWCC) Joe Volk, former Executive Secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Are you hungry to do the impossible? Do you feel called to do something great? Well, if so, this book is for you. Dirty Knees and Green Thumbs is a revolutionary look at the art and science of church planting. Bryan Meadows, Lead Pastor of Embassy International Worship Center, a vibrant and fast growing church in the city of Atlanta, takes us on a revelatory journey into the world of relationships, business, and family. Get ready to transform your life, city, and region with Dirty Knees and Green Thumbs.
Leadership qualities and skills can be learned, and this short volume summarizes the most important and fundamental 21 principles for each of the three key areas of leadership: the development of good strategy, persuading others to see it your way and why they should follow, and finally the 21 principles of leadership once you've persuaded others to follow your strategy.
This is a devotional book with 26 weekly devotionals. Many of these stand on their own with keys dealing with "Fear," "Kings & Priests," "The Marketplace," "The land of Israel," "Overcoming Life's Disappointments" and many others. These weekly devotionals are designed to give you a thought for your week so you can meditate on it and let the thought in the devotion stay with you for a week. You can sign up for these weekly devotionals called "The Devotional" by going to www.linkmin.org and in the upper right hand of the home page there is a place for you to register your email. You will then receive these every monday morning. You will enjoy these devotional that will give you keys into the thought topic of each week. Enjoy.
It's an unfortunate reality within church ministry that sometimes people get upset. It happens, and you do the best you can with it. It's true that many churches and pastors have marvelous synchronicity and enjoy a mutually-beneficial ministry together. The pastor ministering to the needs of the flock, and the flock protecting and caring for their shepherd. Occasionally though, something goes wrong inside of the flock. Rather than following the pastor's leadership and receiving the pastor's care, one (or more) of the flock begin to turn on their shepherd. Sometimes the build-up is obvious, sometimes it's explosive and comes seemingly from nowhere. Regardless of how it happens, the sheep attack. When sheep attack, the fallout surrounding the attack takes a toll on the shepherd and his family, the flock, and on the attack sheep themselves. Inside you will find some of the common traits of attack sheep, some reasons that sheep attack, and some of the challenges that exist before, during, and after an attack. Before you're through, you will learn some things you can do to stop or lessen the damage of the attack, and some specific steps you can take to pick up the pieces afterwards.
Many have allowed God into their personal lives but fail to realize that He also wants to become involved in their business lives. Learn how to incorporate God as the only business partner who is more interested in your success than you are!
"The Character of a Christian Minister" is a biblical-theological analysis, including an etymological, historical, and contemporary overview on what should be the character of a Christian minister with more than 50 inquiries on the matter to pastors and prolific writers of all the globe. This book is the result of the author's doctoral thesis (the character of a minister). Here readers are challenged to exceed the general thought on the subject and to navigate biblical thought to find its real meaning and personal application. Pastor J. C. De la Cruz believes and suggests that this topic should be a formal matter for seminars, seminaries, institutes and academies of Christian formation. Ignorance of this issue (by pastors as well as the people of God in general) is a determinant factor for the reason why so many "ministers" fall into reproach and the snare of the devil, showing cracks in their character-leaving deep doubts about their call to ministry. This is a book that the ministers of the churches and believers in general should read to learn how to focus when trying to evaluate, choose and confirm a minister of the Gospel (pastor, elder, bishop, deacon, leader, etc.). The material also helps to find and understand God's ideal for a biblical ministry, and therefor a Christian church to become more biblical and healthy.
In this book Andre Thomas takes his readers through the ultimate quest of self discovery. As you read expect to be illuminated with truth, renewed with hope and empowered with fresh vision for your life Giving you a road map to the best version of you is the purpose of this book
Reflecting on my life and ministry I seek to inform the reader of the active presence of God in our lives. Through various examples I illustrate how God speaks to us, guides us, and encourages us to use the various gifts with which He has blessed us so that our lives might be full, meaningful, and filled with joy.
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