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Living with Paradox: Religious Leadership and the Genius of Double Vision [Paperback]

By H. Newton Malony (Author), Newton Malony (Author) & Malony (Author)
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While acknowledging the unique aspects of the religious enterprise, Malony's approach is grounded in sound management theory. And it is informed by his many decades of experience as a psychologist working in religious organizations. Filled with the stories, examples, and keen insights of a wise teacher, Living with Paradox promises to take leaders from the "tyranny of the or" to the "genius of the and."

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Individuals who are in religious leadership positions will immediately recognize the dilemmas or paradoxes described in this book. The good news is that Malony offers sound practical advice on how to deal with them. This book is accurately descriptive and helpfully prescriptive.
--Douglas Lewis, Wesley Theological Seminary
Malony suggests ways to turn destructive conflict into creative tension. A helpful guide for every religious leader struggling to make sense out of the colliding interests that buffet many congregations and other not-for-profit institutions.
--William E. Hull, Samford University
As a leader you must also challenge individuals to make uncomfortable choices in the service of doing God's work in the world.
Maloney identifies eight central paradoxes that all religious leaders--both lay and ordained--must confront. The author shows how these paradoxes, when viewed as either/or choices or struggled against, can whipsaw the leader, tearing the ministry apart. However, embracing paradox and accepting it as a gift allows religious leaders to deal successfully with conflict in their roles, and in so doing, break through to a more powerful connection with those to whom they minister.
H. Newton Malony is senior professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, a licensed psychologist, and an ordained United Methodist minister.

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Studio: Jossey-Bass
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   0.74 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 8, 1998
Publisher   Jossey-Bass
ISBN  0787940577  
ISBN13  9780787940577  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! NEWTON MALONY is senior professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, a licensed psychologist, and an ordained United Methodist minister. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree at Yale Divinity School, and he received his Ph.D. degree from George Peobody College at Vanderbilt University. Malony has written numerous books on psychology and religion, including Win-Win Relationships and the Psychology of Religion for Ministry. He and his wife live in Pasadena, California.

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A Must Read for Every Minister  May 20, 2008
This is one of the finest books on leadership in a congregational environment. The book deals with numerous paradoxes that the minister experiences in leadership. In most leadership books from the business culture, the application and transference is not applicable because of the difficult contexts of these cultures. The minister's world is special because of special circumstances. I have felt these paradoxes for some time in the role of a minister, but after this book I have gained valuable wisdom in dealing with these situations properly. The book deals with congregation expectations, the multiple roles of the minister, developing inclusive and exclusivity communities, the role of money in preaching, the concept of individualism and organization in community, and the product and process dynamic. This book should be read by every full-time minister in the church. The insight is deep and needed. It would solve some of the confusion that ministry brings to a person's life. This book taught me numerous lessons for productive ministry in the future. Read this book preachers! You will be blessed and thankful that you did.
Hard to Categorize Except as "Good"  Aug 12, 2003
In "Living with Paradox," H. Newton Malony seeks to take religious leaders from "the tyranny of the OR to the genius of the AND." He explores eight paradoxes of religious organizations and religious leadership. The table of contents gives a sense of the book's scope:

1. Religious leadership and paradox
Part One: Paradoxes in the Religious Leader's Role
2. Person and position: being true to oneself and to congregational expectations
3. Prophet, priest, and king: playing three roles that become confounded
Part Two: Paradoxes of Perspective
4. Inclusivity and exclusivity: appreciating both uniqueness and universality in faith convictions
5. Timely and timeless: applying the Bible's eternal truths to present circumstances
Part Three: Paradoxes Built into the Structure of Religious Congregations
6. For-profit and not-for-profit: balancing the books while serving a larger purpose
7. Person and organization: running an efficient organization in which people feel deeply recognized
Part Four: Paradoxes of Congregational Mission
8. Product and process: valuing ends and means equally
9. Mission and maintenance: moving the congregation toward achieving its goals while fostering goodwill and group cohesion
10 Conclusion: Leading others to double vision

True to its paradoxical theme, this book defies easy categorization. Part one focuses on the nature of ministry and ministers. The chapter on "timely and timeless" takes up the subject of preaching, while the next chapter, "for-profit and not-for-profit," moves on to financial issues. Many of the book's subjects tend to be issues for church conflict, and chapter seven is partly about the process of church conflict. You will not find a comprehensive treatment of any single subject in Living with Paradox, but I'm certain the book will spark some new ideas for reflection.

As someone who is preparing for ministry, I found the book very helpful. I would easily recommend it to any minister or ministry student. I also think Living with Paradox would be of interest to board members, committee chairs, or other lay leaders in a church.


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