In Pursuit of Great AND Godly LeadershipTapping the Wisdom of the World for the Kingdom of God
Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series, Band 58 1. Aufl.
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.
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
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
In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership 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? In this important resource, church consultant and pastor Mike Bonem explores the myriad issues involved in bringing marketplace leadership practices into Christian organizations. Drawing on both biblical material and business wisdom, In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership explores the critical leadership decisions that shape an organization's future and its effectiveness. These decisions are illustrated in compelling interviews with more than forty leaders of churches, universities, denominational bodies, and international ministries. 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. Covering everything from planning, finance, personnel management, and measurement to deeper, foundational concerns related to self-leadership, team dynamics, culture, and organizational change, the book helps readers discern how to adapt business-related principles in their spiritual organizations. While Bonem presents an array of corporate concepts, his thinking is rooted in the belief that leadership is shaped by Scripture and should never violate its teachings.Throughout In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership, Mike Bonem reveals how senior pastors, executive pastors, key laypeople, and leaders of other Christian entities can discern the value of business practices and allow time and space for God to speak to their hearts. In doing so, he points to the "AND" that every spiritual organization should strive to achieve.
"Mike Bonem's experience in the business world gives him unique perspective on church leadership. You will be challenged, changed, and astonished by the wisdom in In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership." —Craig Groeschel, senior pastor, LifeChurch.tv; author, WEIRD, Because Normal Isn't Working "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 twenty-first century churches." —Dr. Wayne Cordeiro, senior pastor and founder, New Hope Christian Fellowship, Honolulu, Hawaii "In this authoritative guide for Christian leaders, Mike Bonem applies vital principles from the world of business to the challenges and opportunities that await leaders in the church. This book ought to be on the shelf of every Christian leader who desires to be a 'great and godly' leader." —D. Michael Lindsay, president, Gordon College; author, Faith in the Halls of Power "In In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership, Mike Bonem bridges the gap between the mission of the church and the very best of business practices. My leadership team will be talking about this book." —Adam J. Hamilton, pastor, The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kansas "We all know that a church or Christian organization truly reaches its potential when the human-part and God-part integrate seamlessly. Based on personal experience and meticulous research, Mike Bonem has done a masterful job of showing leaders how to thrive in that reality. If you are responsible for leading and managing people on a spiritual mission, read this book cover to cover. Get it wrong, and you could disqualify yourself from leadership in ministry. Get it right, and stand back and watch as God multiplies your remarkable into miraculous." —Jim Mellado, president, Willow Creek Association