Item description for Our Structure (Congregational Leader) by Brian Hughes...
Overview Leading effectively in a congregation begins with identifying a vision for the future and then carrying it out. This book shows a variety of ways to organize your congregation, promote hospitality, set boundaries, recruit volunteers, plan work, and build a team.
Publishers Description Leading effectively in a congregation involves identifying a vision for the future and then carrying out that vision. The congregation's structure can help you to carry out the vision, but one size doesn't fit all. This book shows a variety of ways to organize your congregation to put your vision into action. In addition, it explores how to organize for hospitality, select and recruit volunteers, delegate a task, set boundaries, plan your work, and build a team. Who might find it helpful Pastors Church staff members Council presidents Volunteer coordinators Strategic planning teams Management committees
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Studio: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 7.08" Height: 0.31" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2002
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Series Congregational Leader
ISBN 0806644079 ISBN13 9780806644073
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Analysis of church organization with low readability Apr 21, 2006
Brian Hughes is a synodical official in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and author of "Our Structure," a book in the "Congregational Leader Series" that examines church leadership from the standpoint of church government and organization. This book is admittedly difficult to review because there's little substance to it. That is to say that there is little that's bad, incorrect, or manipulative...yet there's also little that's good, helpful, paradigm shifting, or adding to your understanding.
Most of the book is simply an analysis of the various forms of church government prominent to day. The idea appears to be that the better one understands his church organizational structure, the more effective he will be in his leadership capacity-however the second part of this statement is not fully developed. This is certainly not a "how to" book, even though it does contain sparse hints/tips and marginally helpful appendices.
In order to keep the narrow focus this book requires (it is one specialized book in a series), it assumes many things that may or may not be true of your individual congregation: it assumes that a clear vision or mission statement is in place, it assumes that competent leadership exists (and fills most of the board positions), assumes that you have a larger (over 200/weekend) congregation, and assumes that your major focus is hospitality (at least this is by far the most often used example).
"Our Structure" is a difficult read as there is little "flow" in the narrative; it reads like an average high-school text book or a well-written instruction manual, which is a definite weakness. It also lacks a main thesis that the book seeks to defend preferring to explore (in a fairly value-free) the various church structure models. In all, I do not recommend this particular book and recommend instead one of the many books on the same subject, especially "Flexible, Missional Constitution/Bylaws" by Alan Klaas and Cheryl Klaas.