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Ducking Spears, Dancing Madly: A Biblical Model of Church Leadership [Paperback]

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Pages   185
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2004
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  068709285X  
EAN  9780687092857  


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Leadership among God's people is not a matter of easy answers or simple solutions. There is no foolproof list of character traits that one can acquire and develop in order to be a successful leader. Authentic leadership is a complex interaction of the leader's gifts and calling, the people's needs and response, the particular situation of the moment, and, above all, the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Birch and Parks believe if we wish to understand the intricate and messy character of leadership in the church, the obvious place to start is Scripture. The Bible portrays leaders not as heroes placed on a pedestal, but rather as flawed and fallen human beings who nonetheless work with the people around them and with the situation at hand to move toward accomplishing the will of God. Ducking Spears, Dancing Madly is a penetrating look at church leadership through the stories of Saul, David, and other central Old Testament figures. The authors demonstrate that those who have a clear and honest understanding of the triumphs and flaws of the individuals who lead God's people in Scripture will be better prepared to lead God's people today. In order to provide that understanding, they engage in a dialogue with the books of 1 and 2 Samuel, texts that portray the people of Israel in frequent social and political transition, and hence in need of effective leadership.

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Leadership among God's people is not a matter of easy answers or simple solutions. There is no foolproof list of character traits that one can acquire and develop in order to be a successful leader. Authentic leadership is a complex interaction of the leader's gifts and calling, the people's needs and response, the particular situation of the moment, and, above all, the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Birch and Parks believe if we wish to understand the intricate and messy character of leadership in the church, the obvious place to start is Scripture. The Bible portrays leaders not as heroes placed on a pedestal, but rather as flawed and fallen human beings who nonetheless work with the people around them and with the situation at hand to move toward accomplishing the will of God.

Ducking Spears, Dancing Madly is a penetrating look at church leadership through the stories of Saul, David, and other central Old Testament figures. The authors demonstrate that those who have a clear and honest understanding of the triumphs and flaws of the individuals who lead God's people in Scripture will be better prepared to lead God's people today. In order to provide that understanding, they engage in a dialogue with the books of 1 and 2 Samuel, texts that portray the people of Israel in frequent social and political transition, and hence in need of effective leadership.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bruce C. Birch is Dean and Professor of Old Testament at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. He is a contributing author to volume II of the New Interpreter's Bible and The Old Testament: A Theological Introduction.

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Dancing With God, Leading With His Presence  Jul 15, 2006
Church leadership has foilowed several paths in recent years. Scripture has beenn added to industrial leadership principles to produce some interesting, although not altogether enlightening, results.
The authors of this volume use the Bibilcal books of Samuel to show how trusting in God to lead you makes the best church or any kind of leader. Eli didn't do so and died with his daughter naimg a son to show the glory of God had departed Israel. Saul gave up on God and paid the price in insanity and in God replacing him as leader. David's lapse from the presence of God caused him endless family and kingdom problems in his later life.
David was, by and large, a man of God. His dance before God shows this. We also learn people may think us crazy to follow God's lead, but God is always right.
I learned a great deal about putting leadership in God's hands. The other great use for this book will be as a leadership Bible study, either separate from or in conjunction with, the monthly meeting schedule.
Rev. Paul M. Dobberstein
Intentional Interim Pastor (awaiting assignment)
Northern Illinois District, Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
 

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