Called by God to Serve: Reflections for Church Leaders
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This item is part of Lutheran Voices
Release Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Format: Paperback, 96 pages 5.25 x 7.75 inches
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
Brand: Lutheran Voices
Age Level: Leader
"I believe that pastors and congregations will find Called by God to Serve a most helpful study and devotional guide for their council time together. Over the past two and a half years, these two pastors have led dozens of Healthy Congregation workshops. For a three-year cycle of meetings they now share what they have learned through Healthy Congregations and set them within the framework of the duties and visioning of congregational leaders. I believe this is an excellent resource."
— Bishop James F. Mauney, Virginia Synod, ELCA
"Soren Kierkegaard prayed, 'Lord, Give us weak eyes for things which are of no account and clear eyes for all thy truth.' And the Lord gave us the clear eyes of this book! Based on the useful insights and strategies of systems theory, these devotional meditations are for parishes, leadership groups, and individuals everywhere in North America. The focus is faithful mission. Examples from Scripture and parish life are revealing and appropriate. Reflection questions are stimulating and helpful. The authors have so evidently been grasped by Jesus, so deeply love the church, and so urgently care about the world that they draw others to Jesus in the church for the world."
— Walter R. Bouman, Edward C. Fendt Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
"Called By God To Serve offers lessons in church leadership couched in the form of brief devotions. These Bible-based materials are both spiritually enriching and eminently practical, ready for immediate use in most Christian congregations. They will help typical council members to discern the way of God in dealing with real-life scenarios involving budget decisions, plumbing problems, and pouting teenagers. Above all, they will help congregational leaders to view their church as a family of faith, to keep their focus on the mission of Jesus Christ to which they are called, and to trust God with enthusiastic hope in the promises of the gospel."
— Mark Allan Powell Professor of New Testament, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Year One: The Church as a Journey
The Gods We Worship
Sin in the Church
The Burden of Leadership
The Heart of Faith
Apathy in the Church
The Gift of God's Word
Christ Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed!
Variety in the Body of Christ
Called by God to Serve
Year Two: Planning for Mission
Focus on Mission
What Do You Manage?
How We Act as Leaders
Faithful Leadership Hurts
What Makes Us Strong?
Being Gracious People
On Not Being Ourselves
Speaking the Truth in Love
Your Mind and the Mind of Christ
Who Do You Say That I Am?
Year Three: Facing Difficult Challenges
Just a Complaint Department?
In Dying We Live
How Do We Grieve?
Right, Wrong, or Forgiven
Spreading like Wildfire
Faithful Leaders Challenge People
Deciding Who Are the Ministers
Lead with Patience and Calm
Being an Immune System
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