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Killing Cockroaches: And Other Scattered Musings on Leadership [Paperback]

By Tony Morgan (Author), Andy Stanley (Foreword by) & Andy Stanley (Footnotes by)
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Church pastor and popular blogger Morgan offers up 142 delightfully offbeat, always on-target stories and strategies about effective church leadership.

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Pastor and popular church culture blogger Tony Morgan once worked as a city manager, a CEO-type job with the suit and tie, corner office, the works. Despite his top-rank status, Tony's list of responsibilities still included killing cockroaches whenever a freaked out co-worker spotted one in the building. That's where this unconventional, unforgettable book on church leadership begins.

Morgan's point is that great leaders don't have to do everything. The key is to play from your strengths while building a team that manages around your weaknesses.

Written in a relaxed style similar to marketing guru Seth Godin, "Killing Cockroaches' "142 offbeat, on-target entries will delight and energize church leaders. Chapter titles include "10 Easy Ways to Make Your Church Services More Boring" (creative services), "Action Speaks Louder than Advertising" (meeting people's physical needs), and "The Power of Simple" (eliminating noise).

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Studio: B&H Books
Pages   239
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2009
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  0805447857  
ISBN13  9780805447859  

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More About Tony Morgan & Andy Stanley

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tony Morgan is a pastor and the chief strategic officer at NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina. Also a popular church culture blogger, he has written about staffing, technology, strategic planning, and leadership for "Outreach "and "Rev "magazines and and Tony and his wife, Emily, have four children.

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Book Review: Killing Cockroaches by Tony Morgan  May 26, 2010
Killing Cockroaches is the product of Tony Morgan's work on the subject of leadership and observations of life. Much of his work has appeared in various forms on his blog [...] or in some other similar format.

Each section is short, direct, and intentionally transparent. Morgan is the Chief Strategic Officer (a strange title for a "church staff guy") at NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC [...].

Morgan's conversation style and quick wit makes the book an easy and entertaining read. His insights serve to cause the reader to pause and consider "cockroaches" in his own life. As a pastor, I enjoyed the book. It reminded me about the tyranny of the urgent and how often I can lose sight of the big picture and get caught up doing something less meaningful.

I recommend the book to any leader, but especially those who lead in the context of church. The questions that Morgan asks will cause you to argue with the book...only to pause, raise a white flag, and look at the issues which were already in front of you.

Bravo Tony!! An incredible resource and well worth the time and money I invested to learn from you.
Glad to have this in my collection...  Sep 30, 2009
I owned "Killing Cockroaches" for about 5 weeks before getting a chance to read it, but it has quickly become my new favorite book. Here are some things I liked...
1. There are no chapters // This sounds odd, but this is the "scattered musings" part, as best I can figure. Author Tony Morgan shares his thoughts on a myriad of subjects concerning leadership and there is no rhyme or reason to his though process. Some might find this irritating, but allowed me the freedom to read as time allowed and not feel pressured to finish the chapter I was reading.
2. It's practical and applicable // To address issues and problems within any organization without an opportunity for resolution solves nothing. Morgan is careful to provide practical and applicable teaching to his ministry experiences. It's honest and genuine, as well.
3. It's creatively thought out and designed // This has nothing to do with the content of the book, but I enjoy creativity. Printed on the edge of the pages on the non-bound side are little cockroaches, printed in such a way that when you flip through the pages, the roaches appear to run all over the page. Again, it has nothing to the book, but like I said, I enjoy creativity.

Some things I didn't like...
1. The ending // The lasting leadership musing printed seemed to be a plea to readers to not cast judgment, as if it had already happened. In the the grand scheme of things, it's not a bad thing, I guess, but it left me with a negative last mental image. I would have liked to see this included at the beginning so there's time to say what needs to be said, but then win readers back with solid leadership insight and honesty. Don't take it out, just move it.

2. Some of the musings from Morgan seem to be written from a "business of the church" (administration first) standpoint instead of an overall "ministry of the church" (teaching the Gospel) standpoint. His background is in the business world, so I'm not surprised to catch an air of this every once in a while.

Overall, I did enjoy reading "Killing Cockroaches" and would recommend the book to any Pastor/Lead Teacher in a church setting. Morgan is willing to share his knowledge in an open, honest, and sometimes hilarious manor.
Great Content, Easy Read  May 31, 2009
I have really enjoyed this book and find it to be very easy to read. The content is full of ideas and encouragements for leaders of any kind. Tony does a great job of keeping the sections small enough that I can quickly take in a thought and really think on how it applies even if I only have a few minutes.
Just as good as His blog.  May 19, 2009
This book is a greatest hits of It's a bunch of copy and pastings from his best blog entries. It won't be for everybody but I have enjoyed it very much.
Excellent read  May 11, 2009
There are a numerous reasons why I recommend this book. From the moment that you open the cover and read the table of contents (which are in alphabetical order), to just flipping through the pages and watching the cockroaches walk around the edges of the paper, this book captures your attention.
Every time that I have sat to read the book I have wanted to keep reading when it was time to put it down.
This is a must read for pastors or those working in a church. It makes you realize that it is vitally important for you to have people willing to assist you and for you to allow them to assist you, and not just help you but to give them the responsibility completely!

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