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The second Abingdon publication by Paul Borden, whose first book, Hit the Bullseye has sold 11,000 copies. A new pastor sees himself or herself as a leader who anticipates a better for the congregation. However, the congregation tends to perceive the new pastor as someone who ministers who their needs and fulfills a chaplain-type role. The pastor must therefore lead the congregation through systemic change if new life is to be brought into the culture of the congregation. Three teams must be created: TEAM ONE is the prayer team that prays regularly for change and reproduction. TEAM TWO is the dream team that helps the pastor communicate urgency. TEAM THREE consists of leaders who recruit and train other leaders who are committed to urgent change. I. Chapter One - Introduction and Overview II. Chapter Two - Essentials for Leaders (It is important to note that this book assumes a pastor is new to a congregation which like many congregations, is on a plateau or in decline. This pastor sees himself or herself as a leader who anticipates a better future for this congregation. However, the congregation sees the role of the new pastor as someone who will minister to their needs and fulfill the traditional chaplain role that is typical for most pastors and most congregations. Therefore this pastor is going to need to take three to five years to lead the congregation through systemic change (change the culture of the congregation). The book is how the pastor and key lay leaders develop the communication strategies required to lead such change. III. Chapter Three - Developing a Vision and a Communication Strategy for its Implementation A. The basic assumptions about the congregation and the pastor's role are discussed. B. The pastor must first spend time developing vision. C. The pastor must then begin to develop a communication strategy that will be employed over the next three to five years to prepare the congregation for change IV. Chapter Four - Creating and Communicating Urgency A. Creating and communicating urgency is as crucial as casting vision B. The pastors' responsibility is to determine the urgency for which the vision is an answer. C. The pastor must now develop a communication strategy to create urgency in the congregation over the next three to five years in order to provide motivation for embracing the vision. V. Chapter Five - Developing Key Teams in Preparing for Change A. While the pastor is working on visio
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Many congregations are declining due to an inward focus, and see their pastor as someone who should only minister to their needs. But pastors must anticipate a better future. Direct Hit offers hope to leaders of congregations that have lost their outward focus. By preparing for and leading systemic change, pastors can bring new life into the culture of a congregation, guiding it to answer Gods call to reach people with the good news.
Direct Hit offers practical explanations for how to:
Systemic change occurs as a result of hard work, but the gain far outweighs the pain. Once change has occurred, a whole new world of opportunity opens upa world in which you are privileged to equip, lead, and oversee a congregation that has joined Gods mission. Ready. Aim. Go for it!
Paul Borden, is Executive Minister of Growing Healthy Churches (formerly American Baptist Churches of the West) and is in demand nationally as a church consultant. Direct Hit is the second Abingdon publication by Borden, whose first book, Hit the Bullseye, has sold 11,000 copies.
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