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Management: A Biblical Approach [Paperback]

By Myron Rush (Author) & Myron D. Rush (Author)
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Pages   232
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2002
Publisher   Victor
ISBN  0781437458  
EAN  9780781437455  

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What is your model for management? Most Christian leaders will answer one of two ways: I gleaned if from college and work; I gleaned it from theological training and ministry. The problem is, what the first can lack in biblical principle, the second will often lack in biblical practicality. In this updated classic, Myron Rush gives excellent counsel--biblically principled and biblically practical--to those who have been called of God to lead and manage others.

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Needed A Biblical Approach  Feb 7, 2001
Without a doubt, a biblical approach to church management is needed. In the recent past, ministries have instead adopted secular management principles, which view authority simply as manipulation. The very premise of secular management is getting work done through other people.

Conversely, Rush understands Christian leadership to be focused on serving those in the ranks, not lording authority over them. Christian management, by definition, is meeting the needs of people as they labor at accomplishing their jobs. In return the people eagerly work hard for their servant-leaders.

Rush's writing is based on the Tower of Babel account in Genesis 11:1-9. From this text he derives four keys for a successful organization: it must have (1) commitment to a common goal, (2) unity among the people, (3) effective communication, and (4) a desire to do the will of God. The author notes that the last of these keys was not found in the construction of the tower, and so the plan was confounded. "And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do" (v.6).

From my perspective, the book addresses three main issues in relationship to the above keys: people, plans, and problems. People, Rush suggests, are our greatest resource. They can improve project performance immensely if managers will simply recognize their creative abilities. How does that happen? The author recommends that leaders (1) build trust relationships, (2) delegate decision making power, (3) turn mistakes and failures into learning experiences, and (4) provide gratitude to those who make a difference.

In addition, it is vital that the people are rallied with a team spirit toward a common goal. Teams, the author states, improve quantity and quality of production. Why? Team members are allowed to compensate for the weaknesses and compliment the strengths of the others on the team.

Rush also sees God with a specific plan for the ministry (or business) and as the source of all power to accomplish that plan. He states that in order to know God's will, one must first be committed to doing it. Plans then are formulated around this vision and in the power of God.

Finally, the book deals with solving problems. The author notes the importance of handling difficult situations quickly and wisely, as "conditions degenerate as needed action is delayed." Particularly problematic areas include communication, delegation, and time management.

Leaders must be aware of the power of their verbal and nonverbal communication. Rush states that 55% of communication is in fact nonverbal, 38% is in the tone of voice, and only 7% is actually in the words we use. In order then to be effective, leaders must not only work on what they say, but how they say it. This is especially true during times of conflict, when weaknesses and faults are magnified. Christians should deal only with the facts and according to the principles found in Matthew 18.

Delegation is another difficulty. Delegation is the transfer of authority, responsibility, and accountability from one person or group to another. It should create leaders, stimulate creativity, and demonstrate trust. Some of the most common reasons leaders do not delegate are pride, lack of teaching, and an enjoyment of the work. In light of these, Rush gives considerable attention to the four basic leadership styles: dictatorial, authoritative, consultative, and participative.

Poor time management can also create a leadership fiasco. Time is too valuable to be mishandled. Leaders must develop priorities and stay focused. The "size of your goal reflects the size of your God," Rush states. So focus on God and the opportunity, not on the problem itself.

The book was written in such a way that it could benefit the local church pastor, the parachurch organizational manager, or the secular businessmen. In any situation, however, Rush maintains that a Christian must have a biblical approach to management. On this premise I would agree.

The most convicting part of the book to me was the author's statement about handling problems. Too often I am guilty of waiting in hopes that the problem will resolve itself or go away. Yet that is not frequently the case. "Conditions degenerate as needed action is delayed." This is one point that I will not soon forget.


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