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Overview In recent years leadership in Protestant churches has tended to mirror the principles of secular management. This book offers a biblical antidote. Ben Campbell Johnson and Andrew Dreitcer explore the spirituality as it relates to the tasks of ministry. Drawing from years of experience teaching Christian spiritual formation, the authors urge church leaders to reach beyond the ordinary in their sense of God's presence in the mundane tasks of church administration. They show that true spirituality is more than simply making time for personal devotions; church leaders must also pursue a meaningful relationship with God expressed in a holistic vision of the church and its important role in society. Enhanced with questions for personal study or group discussion on the topics covered, Beyond the Ordinary will speal to anyone involved in church leadership.
Publishers Description Over the Past few decades mainline Protestant congregations have not easily embraced the notion of spirituality. As much as any aspect of church life, spirituality has been misunderstood, misused, and resisted by both clergy and laity. Yet times are changing. Today many people feel a deep spiritual hunger and are out looking for fulfillment in a wide variety of settings. In this new context, mainline congregations need to awaken to the presence of the Spirit in their midst and equip leaders to nurture both the personal and corporate spirituality of their congregations. Beyond the Ordinary is explicitly written to help church leaders who have had no formal training in spiritual formation. Drawing from years of experience teaching Christian spirituality, Ben Campbell Johnson and Andrew Dreitcer explore the spiritual dimensions of leadership, looking in depth at the meaning of spirituality as it relates to the tasks of ministry. This friendly, inspiring book will enable readers to erase the negative stereotypes of spirituality and develop vital models and practices for the church today. The book introduces a faithful understanding and practice of the spiritual life to those who have not yet dipped into the well that is Christian spirituality. For those who have already tasted this water and still thirst, it offers a way to dip even more deeply. Chapters discuss the issues surrounding a meaningful spirituality for our changing times, the importance of holding prayer and mission in tension, and the crucial role of Scripture in the formation of our lives. The authors also underscore the importance of vision, myth, and discernment in the spiritual life of the church. And they discuss the power of spiritual practices like discernment and visioning for enhancing the spirituality of congregations and helping them become agents of social transformation. Intended for personal and group use by pastors, elders, other church leaders, and those preparing for service in the church, the book includes questions for reflection and discussion as well as journaling exercises to encourage learning and growth.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.12" Width: 6" Height: 0.46" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Mar 14, 2001
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802847730 ISBN13 9780802847737
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More About Ben Campbell Johnson & Andrew Dreitcer
Ben Campbell Johnson is Professor Emeritus of Christian Spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is the author of a number of books, including "Discerning God's Will" and "Speaking of God", both published by WJK.
Ben Campbell Johnson currently resides in the state of Georgia.
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Deep Insight into Spiritual Practices Jun 5, 2008
This book is about developing spirituality within the leadership position. The book is a rich read with much of the material being new to me. The book does not read easily because there are few stories and the material is deep. There was numerous new insights within the book. The idea of the myth in congregational spirituality was enlightening. The last few chapters were superb with topics of practicing discernment and cutting edge spiritual leadership. This was a radical leap from the general methods within the church on how to make decisions. The chapter on the refreshment of the soul was needed for every minister across the world. Also, the topic of resting in God was helpful. This book is deep with spiritual insight. It is not a swallow text on taking a day off for resting in God, but provides practical spiritual methods for finding rest in God. It is more than a "you need to" book, which a lot of ministerial leadership books sink into, but this book deals with the practical steps of developing a spiritual style of leadership. Most ministers will be amazed at the forms of spirituality in this text. It is a short book worth a slow read.