Item description for Leadership from the Inside Out: Examining the Inner Life of a Healthy Church Leader (Leadership Network Innovation) by Kevin G. Harney...
Overview Many gifted and passionate leaders end up on the sidelines of ministry rather than following their gifts. This work offers advice that can propel church leaders forward into a more faithful and fruitful ministry.
Publishers Description You can serve God and his people for a lifetime and do it with passion and joy. You do not have to become another casualty in the growing number of leaders who have compromised their integrity, character, and ministry because they failed to lead an examined and accountable life. The road forward is clearly marked. Leaders must make a decision to humbly and consistently examine their inner lives and identify areas of needed change and growth. Also, wise leaders commit to listen to the voices of those who will love them enough to speak the truth and point out problems and potential pitfalls. Kevin Harney writes, 'The vision of this book is to assist leaders as they discover the health, wisdom, and joy of living an examined life. It is also to give practical tools for self-examination.' Sharing stories and wisdom from his years in ministry, Harney shows you how to maintain the most powerful tool in your leadership toolbox: YOU. Your heart, so you can love well. Your mind, so you can continue to learn and grow. Your ears, your eyes, your mouth ... consider this your essential guide to conducting your own complete interior health exam, so you can spot and fix any problems, preserve the things that matter most, and grow as a source of vision, strength, and hope to others.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.98" Width: 5.96" Height: 0.53" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2007
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Leadership Network Innovation
ISBN 0310259436 ISBN13 9780310259435 UPC 025986259433
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More About Kevin G. Harney
Kevin Harney is a local church pastor, an author, and an international speaker who seeks to help believers grow to love God with greater passion and reach out to the world with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. He combines real life experience, humor, and solid biblical teaching in his preaching, leadership, teaching, and writing ministry. The goal of his ministry is to help followers of Jesus:
Love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Engage with people who are spiritually disconnected and help them draw near to Jesus.
Connect in the local Church and find their place in God’s family.
Experience the sheer joy of knowing and walking with Jesus.
Kevin’s newest book, Reckless Faith, will help you do all four of these things. In this book and DVD learning experience you will discover how you can take new risks and chances for God and to do this is a way that will honor God and bring joy and excitement to your life.
Kevin G. Harney (B.A., Azusa Pacific University; M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary; D.Min., Western Theological Seminary) is the Lead Pastor of Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, CA. He has also pastored churches in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Glendora, CA.
In addition to Reckless Faith, Kevin has also authored The U-Turn Church, the Organic Outreach series, and other books and curriculum. He and his wife Sherry have written over seventy small group study guides (In partnership with Bill Hybels, John Ortberg, Dallas Willard, Gary Thomas, Mark Batterson, Christine Caine, and other authors).
Kevin does extensive speaking and training on topics such as mobilizing churches for effective outreach, leadership, and balancing the challenges of ministry and marriage (in partnership with his wife, Sherry). Kevin has been married to Sherry for twenty-eight years and they have three adult sons: Zach, Josh and Nate. In the summer Kevin enjoys golfing and in the winter he loves to snowboard.
SPANISH BIO: Kevin G. Harney es pastor de ensenanza en Faith Church en Dyer, Indiana. Es autor de Seismic Shifts: the Little Changes that make a BIG difference in your life y coautor de varios libros.
Kevin Harney currently resides in Grand Rapids, in the state of Michigan.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Leadership From The Inside Out?
Wonderful book for any leader May 13, 2009
What an insightful book that calls leaders to look inwards. I have been impressed with each chapter that helps move our group to action and growth.
Great look at the inner life of a leader Mar 19, 2009
Just finished Leadership from the Inside Out by Kevin Harney for my next class.
What a great read. One of the things I appreciated about this book is that it had very little to do with outward leadership principles. This book dealt strictly with what is beneath the surface of a leader, knowing that what is beneath the surface greatly affects outward leadership. I think there has been a shift in leadership writing (especially in the church) away from leadership principles and understanding what is on the inside of a leader. This is a good thing.
Harney said, "Few leaders drop out of ministry because they lack the skills. Instead, too often they lack an examined inner life shaped by the Holy Spirit."
Harney covers things like balance, purity, our words, learning, humility, how we see things.
These are all topics that pastors deal with. How do you balance ministry and family? How do you live a life of integrity so as to not lose your ministry and family? What do you say to people, do you bless them or put them down?
For me, the chapter on balance was a great reminder. It is so easy to put your ministry over your family. Notice I didn't say job, but your ministry. I think a lot of pastors can fall into the trap of providing for their church but not their family when it comes to spiritual things. As a pastor, my first ministry is to my family. If you lose your family or marriage, you lose your ministry, you're done as a pastor. Changes your perspective doesn't it. Because you can lose your ministry and not your family. The best way for a church to be ministered to is to make sure that the pastor is ministering to his family. When that is working and hitting on all cylinders it makes a huge difference in the church. For Katie and I, we have become stricter about family night and date night. It is scheduled and there has to be a great emergency for it get canceled. I expect the leaders at Revolution to do the same thing. I love what I do, wouldn't do anything else with my life, but I love my wife and kids more.
One of the best chapters was on boundaries when it comes to your sexuality. It was nice to hear another leader layout boundaries that he has that are similar to mine. I've heard from countless people that my boundaries are too rigid. Here are mine. As we grow at Revolution and continue adding staff, these will be the boundaries put in place for all of our pastors and staff. The stakes are too high. Again, you fail here, that's the ballgame.
I think one of the best chapters was on vision. Harney looked at the idea that most talk about vision has to do with looking forward, which is true. But for a vision to be effective, one must also look back, be a student of the past as you move forward. This does not mean that you are hindered by the past or that you can't get past the past but that you understand the past in a way that enables you to be effective in the future.
He had some great ways to discern vision and cast it:
God's vision will always be bigger than you can manage on your own. God's vision will always cost us more than we think we can give. God's vision will always drive us toward the needs of the world and the hearts of the lost. Here are a couple of other things I highlighted:
Wise leaders know how to leverage every relationship as a tool for spiritual growth. The best leaders know that the long journey of faithfulness and effectiveness is well-marked by others who have gone before them. None of us stands high enough to see the future with clarity. We need people in our lives who will stoop to life us onto their spiritual shoulders. Quite possibly my favorite line in the book: "In ministry, every detail has a name attached to it. When you forget a detail, you forget a person." For me, that line was worth the price of the book.
Definitely worth checking out and a great book to work through with a leadership team. There are some great discussion questions at the end.
A leadership book that offers practical help! Aug 12, 2008
I have significantly benefitted by reading and studying this book. Harney has a unique ability to take complex subject matter and make it downright accessible and absolutely applicable. I highly recommend this book for church leaders - pastoral, staff, and lay leaders.
Practical and insightful May 5, 2008
This is a great book that deals directly with key issues facing leaders. With personal examples and wonderful tips, Kevin Harney goes through many facets of the life of a leader. I am in a group of pastors that have all bought the book and we're working through it together, chapter by chapter.