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A Fish Out of Water: 9 Strategies to Maximize Your God-Given Leadership Potential [Paperback]

By George Barna (Author)
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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2006
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1591454220  
EAN  9781591454229  

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A Fish Out of Water
by George Barna
If you?re a leader in some capacity, you can certainly relate to feeling like a ?fish out of water? and wonder if you?re truly effective. But author George Barna says they don?t have to live with these doubts. So how does that work? Well, in his book, Barna unveils the results of years of research and hundreds of interviews and emerges with a new definition of what leadership is?and isn?t.

In A Fish Out of Water: 9 Strategies to Maximize Your God-Given Leadership Potential, Barna outlines practical strategies for overcoming common leadership struggles. He also discusses how to be sure that one has been called by God to lead, highlights unique leadership styles and reveals the importance of character and the communication of vision.

Ultimately what sets A Fish Out of Water apart is that it doesn?t just offer principles and attempt to motivate readers into a stereotypical style of leadership. Instead, Barna individualizes the process and takes readers deeper to become effective in their own leadership style?the way God intended.

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George Barna A native New Yorker, George Barna has filled executive roles in politics, marketing, advertising, media, research and ministry. He founded the Barna Research Group (now The Barna Group) in 1984 and helped it become the nation’s leading marketing research firm focused on the intersection of faith and culture. The company has served several hundred parachurch ministries and thousands of Christian churches throughout the country. It has also supplied research to numerous corporations and non-profit organizations, as well as to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army.

To date, Barna has written 48 books, mostly addressing leadership, trends, church health and spiritual development. They include best-sellers such as Revolution, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, The Frog in the Kettle, and The Power of Vision. His most recent book is Revolutionary Parenting. Several of his books have received national awards. He has had more than 100 articles published in periodicals and writes a bi-weekly research report (The Barna Update) accessed by more than a million people each year, through his firm’s website ( His work is frequently cited as an authoritative source by the media. He has been hailed as "the most quoted person in the Christian Church today" and has been named by various media as one of the nation’s most influential Christian leaders.

He is a popular speaker at ministry conferences around the world and has taught at Pepperdine and Biola Universities and several seminaries. Barna served as a pastor of a large, multi-ethnic church and has been involved in several church start-ups.

After graduating summa cum laude from Boston College, Barna earned two Master's degrees from Rutgers University. At Rutgers, he was awarded the Eagleton Fellowship. He also received a doctorate from Dallas Baptist University. He lives with his wife (Nancy) and their three daughters (Samantha, Corban, Christine) in southern California. He enjoys reading novels, watching movies, playing guitar, and relaxing on the beach.

George Barna currently resides in Glendale Oxnard, in the state of California.

George Barna has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Barna Reports for Highly Effective Churches
  2. Leading Edge

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Where is the Biblical Basis?  Aug 11, 2005
I have read Barna for years and have consistently credited him with being a most able marketing research, marketing, and leadership practioner of the finest level. His successes would exhibit this.

However, equally as consistent has been my criticism that Barna makes emphatic, foundational assumptions claiming God said, when in fact God has not said, e.g. Jesus and Paul were the consummate marketing men when the Biblical proof he offers is bogus.

Here it is more of the same, applying supposed God says to Church Leaders who are visionary leaders for change in fulfilling God's vision. What does Barna suggest here and in the books he has written on vision? Quoting Proverbs 29:18, he defines visionary leadership as the pastor sensing what better future he has in mind for a group of people as a blessing. If only he would clearly tie this to the Gospel of Jesus Christ he would be ok. But no, he ties it to some dream, some Joel Osteen like wish and hope inside a person which doesn't equate at all with God's constant revelation of true interpretation/applicaiton of Prov. 29:18 ---- that then turns Servants of the Word, true sent and speaking for God pastors into CEO/Leaders which Barna exhorts here in this work.

Since this is based on business/management principles for leadership, it is useful to those in that pursuit, be they Christians or not. But for Christian church, this is leaven being brought into the church from world. To be rid of, or Barna et al will have to provide Biblical proof for it.

Was Jeremiah a leader sent by God according to Barna's criteria? I don't think he can pass the test Barna presents here. The other prophets and the current cannot either.

This is dangerous work which must be exposed as not for church but for industry.
Superb Leadership Resource!  Apr 10, 2004
I've read several books by George Barna, some excellent, some mediocre. This title is definitely one of his better works. He offers here very practical, helpful insights for church leaders in the 21st century. One does not need to search long on any bookseller's website to find a plethora of titles on leadership. Barna however, offers solid, spiritual advice based on Scriptural truths as well as painstaking research.

Near the end of the book he shares a quote given by Mother Teresa to a Christian leader: "Obedience, not Success." These three words describe in a nutshell Barna's philosophy of leadership. This title will be helpful for anyone involved in the challenge of leading God's people.

George Barna knows What's Up.  Sep 26, 2003
The Barna Research Group is world-renowned for its research and studies on Christian organizations, religious, secular and cultural trends, and organizational behavior.

I wanted a bare knuckle, no-nonsense practical book on leadership I could put to use with my management team, my sales people, and my ministry groups. This was it.

Barna describes four types of leaders: directing, strategic, team-building, and operational. The first thing I did was find myself in the mix, naturally. His insights are clear and very perceptive. Then I evaluated my managers. His insights into each style's nature, strengths, and growth opportunities were invaluable; especially as a mirror on myself and how I tend to interact with others.

He then sent me into my mission and vision statements for the organization and examine those in light of God's vision for me, my business, and His will. The time I have spent reflecting on this portion of the book and clarifying our objectives in light of God's plans, will certainly the business and my life.

A terrific book and a must-have for every organizational leader, father, and fellow traveller on the Christian journey.

An excellent book on leadership, but not management,  Mar 26, 2003
This book is well worth the reading. Barna presents some good ideas about leadership, based on his experience. He presents his own theories about what makes a leader and the issues facing a leader.

His book is well worth studying. The book should be included in any course on leadership, secular or not. He make a good argument that leader are called to the task. I disagree with his premise that leadership can't really be taught. Christians in leadership roles need to read this book, and ponder the difficult questions he asks at the end of many chapters.


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