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Spiritual Maturity: Preserving Congregational Health and Balance (Prisms) [Paperback]

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Pages   112
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.68" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.38 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 9, 2002
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  0800630866  
EAN  9780800630867  

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Like all human bodies, the body of Christ that we call "church" needs to attend to its health or it may become ill. Renowned pastor, preacher, and teacher Frank Thomas believes that many congregations exhibit a number of dysfunctional habits in conducting business that lead to rifts, divides, and even congregational splits. Often they are caused by leadership styles that are ineffective and controling. Thomas examines how poor congregational leadership is often the result of personality conflicts among leaders and how many key leaders--both clergy and lay--participate in keeping unhealthy methods alive. Thomas's book will help lay and clergy leaders improve the health of their congreagation by taking a close look at the styles of church leadership, methods of information flow, and levels of participation that exist within the body. Thomas offers a holistic solution based on a model of spiritual maturity for creating and preserving a healthy comgregation.

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Thomas offers a holistic solution based on a model of spiritual maturity for creating and preserving a healthy congregation.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Frank Anthony Thomas has been an ordained minister and pastor for 26 years. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, Tennessee.

Frank A. Thomas currently resides in the state of Tennessee. Frank A. Thomas was born in 1955.

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A Healing Modality  Mar 28, 2003
Thomas' book is an insightful look at the path to spiritual growth and development. He clearly articulates the nature of conflict within congregations (although his model is applicable to any organization) and provides critical thinking about how to address such conflicts in a way that is meaningful and courageous. I found his discussion about people who function as victims and saviors by doing a dance of immaturity to be very provocative. His call for principle-based leadership, while not new, is very refreshing in a congregational context and challenges those of us who have congregations centered around charismatic leadership to abandon our cults of personality.

This book will be most helpful to congregations that have not fully understood or articulated their mission, vision and values. It will provide a very capable framework and guidelines to begin those discussions so that ministry can go forth as a "healing modality" in our broken society.


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