Item description for Feeding & Leading: PRactical Handbook on Administration in Churches and Christian Organizations by Kenneth O. Gangel...
Overview Every church and Christian organization has a leadership and administrative team. But how well is that team functioning? Feeding and Leading, now available in paperback, addresses this key component to effective ministry. Kenneth O. Gangel begins with the foundations of the administrative process and then focuses on the vocational Christian leader--pastor, president, principal, mission executive--targeting such issues as spiritual leadership, style, organization of work, goal setting, and long-range planning. The book also covers topics such as: - recruiting and training volunteers - motivating workers - delegating responsibility - making decisions - building good working relationships - communicating - chairing business meetings Feeding and Leading contains over forty figures that illustrate the practical principles outlined by the author. Self-evaluation questions, sample job descriptions, and other helpful tools for Christian administrators are also included.
Publishers Description A practical handbook on administration in churches and Christian organizations.
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Studio: Baker Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.12" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.81" Weight: 1.22 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher Baker Books
ISBN 0801063310 ISBN13 9780801063312
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More About Kenneth O. Gangel
Kenneth O. Gangel (Ph.D., University of Missouri), after a distinguished career at Dallas Theological Seminary, is now executive director of the graduate studies division at Toccoa Falls College. A noted expert on Christian education, he has written many books, including Feeding and Leading. James C. Wilhoit (Ph.D., Northwestern) is professor of Christian education at Wheaton College. He has authored a number of scholarly articles and books, including Christian Education and the Search for Meaning.
Kenneth O. Gangel currently resides in the state of Texas.
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??Are you serious about getting into Christian Ministry?? Feb 23, 2008
If you are serious about the ministry and would like your ministry to be successful in all categories of feeding and leading the people you lead then this book is a great read for you and your understanding in how to appropriately accomplish these tasks.
Feed & Lead by Kenneth O. Gangel Jun 13, 2000
Kenneth O. Gangel is vice president for academic affairs, academic dean, and distinguished professor of Christian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has also held administrative positions at Calvary Bible College and Miami Christian College. He holds degrees in business and college administration as well as theology and Christian education. His doctorates are from the University of Missouri and Mercy College. He is the author of more than twenty books and has written over eight hundred articles for journals and periodicals.
This book was written to straighten out the confusion concerning servant leadership and organism versus organization. The book was also written as a practical manual for Christian leaders (pp. 9-10). Gangel points out in the forward of this book that the secular view of leadership has been dominant in the church. He feels we have forgotten what the Bible description of a leader is. Leaders in the church has been called to be servant leaders. It doesn't mean the person is a doormat or has no backbone, but the biblical view of leadership is leading by serving. This is the first problem Gangel deals with in his book. He also points out that 'Ministry' and 'Management' are not contradictory terms. Many people think that if it is a ministry it is not managed well. This is the second problem Gangel deals with in his book. We tend to think that the churches goals need to be either people-oriented or goal-oriented. Gangel also points out that the goal of the church is not new converts but mature believers (lay leadership development).
I think that Gangel did an excellent job and has fulfilled his stated purposes. The author did an excellent job in relating to the reader throughout the book. Gangel, in every chapter, either asks questions to help you understands what was discussed or to reevaluate what you are doing. I.e., at the end of chapter one he asks you what are the six leadership lessons learned from the life of Moses. Then he asks, "which of these lessons have you learned?" In chapter two he asks you to answer twenty-one questions for 'Spiritual Leaders.' Dr. Gangel does this for every chapter. He also tells stories throughout his book to illustrate his points. An example of this is the story about Charlie and Norma starting on page 217. Gangel gives several outcomes based on how Charlie responds to Norma giving up her teaching position. By his constantly asking questions and telling stories he keeps the readers attention.
The only weakness I noticed in the book was his charts and graphs. He reprinted other writers charts and graphs in his book. Some were good but others were not easy to understand or did not illustrate his point as well as it could have. I.e., the Annual Planning Cycle on page 106 seems confusing. Then also on page 251 the 'Toward A Trained Leadership' chart doesn't clearly communicate the point of results and evaluation which the section was about.
Other than some charts and graphs Gangel's book was an excellent book. As a former Army officer and now as pastor I would highly recommend to anyone that wants to learn to be a better leader and administrator. It is particularly beneficial to those leader in the church whether a profession or lay leader.