Spiritual Leadership for Church Officers : A Handbook

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-02
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Pub Corp

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This timely new leadership guide for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is written for church officers who are looking for a deepened relationship with God. Joan Gray challenges elders and deacons to see themselves as spiritual leaders and equips them to lead alongside their pastors.Gray lays out a variety of leadership styles and helps leaders understand when each is appropriate. She also provides resources for dealing with relationships in the church and identifies ways churches can be supportive of the spiritual leadership of elders and deacons.

Author Biography

Joan S. Gray is Moderator of the 217th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She has been Parish Associate at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta since 2006, and before that served numerous churches in Georgia as interim pastor, pastor/head of staff, and associate pastor. She has long been active in the PC(USA) and has been an adjunct faculty member at Columbia Theological Seminary. She is the coauthor, with Joyce Tucker, of Presbyterian Polity for Church Officers.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Elders and Deacons Are Spiritual Leadersp. 1
Your Authority to Leadp. 10
Rowboat or Sailboat?p. 16
Putting Up the Sailsp. 23
Sailing Skills for Church Leadersp. 33
Working with Othersp. 49
The Church: Christ's Body in Our Worldp. 65
Understanding the Church as an Emotional Systemp. 75
Discerning Leaders in a Discerning Communityp. 86
The Care and Feeding of Spiritual Leadersp. 98
Notesp. 114
Resources for Further Studyp. 116
Indexp. 117
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