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Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry [Paperback]

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Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.4" Width: 8.4" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2009
Publisher   Seabury Books
ISBN  1596270950  
EAN  9781596270954  


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Is helping others overrated? Is ministry a recipe for burnout? How can pastors last the course? Author and pastor Margaret Marcuson introduces the notion of "sustainable ministry," which trains and empowers pastors to focus on their inner resources for proactive leadership, instead of trying harder to help, fix or change others. Leaders Who Last draws upon the author's own pastoral experience and leadership, plus a significant analysis of leadership in both families and churches over generations. Interviews with current church leaders punctuate chapters on stress, spiritual practice, church triangles, relationships, selfawareness, money, and creating a climate where true change can take place.

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Is helping others overrated? Is ministry a recipe for burnout? How can pastors last the course? Author and pastor Margaret Marcuson introduces the notion of sustainable ministry, which trains and empowers pastors to focus on their inner resources for proactive leadership, instead of trying harder to help, fix or change others.

Leaders Who Last draws upon the author s own pastoral experience and leadership, plus a significant analysis of leadership in both families and churches over generations. Interviews with current church leaders punctuate chapters on stress, spiritual practice, church triangles, relationships, self-awareness, money, and creating a climate where true change can take place."

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A Must Read for All Preachers  May 19, 2010
Wow, I loved this book. It was short and packed full of information. The book comes from a systems perspective, and helps the minister to deal with the congregational anxiety within a church. The chapters are excellent with the topics ranging from knowing the story of the congregation to knowing your own story. It deals with the issues of money, triangles, leadership, and purpose. This is one of the books that I truly recommend to preachers. It is really a must read for me. I highlighted a ton of stuff on the Kindle. The ideas are all deep, such as "can you continue to move forward with criticism?, can you allow other people to hurt without rescuing them?, and can you give people space?" There was an excellent chapter on how anxiety effects giving in the congregation. There is so much that is excellent in this book, you really need to read this preachers. It will save your ministry and your life from all the problems that arise in a church. This is true spiritual food.
 
A Must Investment in Yourself and Your Ministry  Feb 26, 2010
This volume is an excellent practical exposition of Edwin H. Friedman's application of systems theory to congregational leadership. Marcuson offers a clear prescription for remaining healthy in ministry and practicing healthy ministry. Step by step, the reader is challenged to self-definition, to become intimate with one's own life narrative and the life narrative of the congregational family, to remain clear about one's God-given purpose, and to live as a true non-anxious presence in congregational ministry. For those not familiar with systems theory and congregational leadership, this volume offers a good introduction; however prior reading of Friedman makes it an even richer resource. For those with some experience in the application of systems theory to ministry, this is the applied knowledge course par excellence.
 
I Wish I Had Read This Book In Seminary  Dec 23, 2009
"A borrowed purpose is not a purpose that will last." M. Marcuson

In my opinion, the 6th chapter of this book ("Know Your Purpose") is worth the purchase price. Marcuson explores the importance of finding, maintaining, and voicing one's life purpose in regards to ministerial leadership. This three step process for authentic leadership is extremely helpful for limiting burn out!

I served local congregations for over 15 years before I burned out and moved on to a new vocation. However, I'm convinced that if I had resources like this book to guide me I might still be practicing ministry today. Well written and thought provoking, this book should be required reading for every seminarian. It will save your ministry and your life.

Sean P. Harry, D. Min.
author, Career Crossroads
Career Management Solutions, Portland, Oregon
 
Making the complex understandable  Nov 25, 2009
Bowen Family Systems Theory can be quite complex to explain. Through stories, charm and wit, Marcuson makes the complex understandable.
 
Offers many tips that will keep leaders spiritual and ready for the next challenges  Jul 17, 2009
It's one thing to lead. It's another to keep that leadership going with loyal followers. "Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry" is a guide to crafting Church leadership that is sustainable and doesn't invite burnout. Dividing the many problems that face church leaders and ultimately bring them panic and confusion, author Margaret J. Marcuson offers many tips that will keep leaders spiritual and ready for the next challenges. "Leaders Who Last" is a must for the church leader who wants their position to be more than short term.
 

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