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The Power of Team Leadership: Achieving Success Through Shared Responsibility (Barna Reports) [Hardcover]

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Pages   216
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.57" Width: 5.85" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 16, 2001
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
ISBN  1578564247  
EAN  9781578564248  

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Delegating the tasks of ministry is vital to a thriving church program. Barna examines the value of lay leadership; how to recruit great teams; and the process of transitioning a church from individual to team-based ministry. You'll see your church blossom as it utilizes all the resources God has given it.

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Most leadership in today's churches comes from "solo practitioners"--individuals who bear the burden of providing all the direction the ministry they direct requires. Inevitably, this results not only in burned-out leaders, but underutilized lay people who merely attend and observe rather than becoming actively engaged in ministry, growing in discipleship, and freeing professional staff to focus on pastoral priorities.
In "The Power of Team Leadership, " noted researcher George Barna demonstrates the incredible difference lay-team leadership can make in a church's ministry. Based on Barna's latest national studies, the book sets forth clearly what churches need to know in order to recruit, train, and deploy lay leadership teams for maximum effectiveness in the Kingdom of God.

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George Barna A native New Yorker, George Barna has filled executive roles in politics, marketing, advertising, media, research and ministry. He founded the Barna Research Group (now The Barna Group) in 1984 and helped it become the nation’s leading marketing research firm focused on the intersection of faith and culture. The company has served several hundred parachurch ministries and thousands of Christian churches throughout the country. It has also supplied research to numerous corporations and non-profit organizations, as well as to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army.

To date, Barna has written 48 books, mostly addressing leadership, trends, church health and spiritual development. They include best-sellers such as Revolution, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, The Frog in the Kettle, and The Power of Vision. His most recent book is Revolutionary Parenting. Several of his books have received national awards. He has had more than 100 articles published in periodicals and writes a bi-weekly research report (The Barna Update) accessed by more than a million people each year, through his firm’s website ( His work is frequently cited as an authoritative source by the media. He has been hailed as "the most quoted person in the Christian Church today" and has been named by various media as one of the nation’s most influential Christian leaders.

He is a popular speaker at ministry conferences around the world and has taught at Pepperdine and Biola Universities and several seminaries. Barna served as a pastor of a large, multi-ethnic church and has been involved in several church start-ups.

After graduating summa cum laude from Boston College, Barna earned two Master's degrees from Rutgers University. At Rutgers, he was awarded the Eagleton Fellowship. He also received a doctorate from Dallas Baptist University. He lives with his wife (Nancy) and their three daughters (Samantha, Corban, Christine) in southern California. He enjoys reading novels, watching movies, playing guitar, and relaxing on the beach.

George Barna currently resides in Glendale Oxnard, in the state of California.

George Barna has published or released items in the following series...
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Synopsis and Review  Oct 13, 2008
George Barna's work entitled The Power of Team Leadership focuses on the need for churches to incorporate an organizational structure that utilizes the combined strengths of multiple individuals in leadership to accomplish more than any single individual could accomplish in spite of their talents and abilities. This need is illustrated by a lengthy and unrealistic list of expectations which parishioners assume the pastor of a church should be involved in on a regular basis. Barna states, "Expecting any one individual to meet such extraordinary demands is not only naïve, but borders on being cruel to the leader and unjust to the enterprise he or she leads." Team leadership is common among many enterprises such as government, military, sports teams, and major corporations, but most churches continue to function under the assumption the "superstar" style of leadership in which the pastor stands, and perhaps falls, alone is the best and only way to accomplish the mission of the church. Unfortunately, this model, "while appealing and without some experiential validity, can do more to decimate the health of an organization than to facilitate its well-being." Barna argues instead for the use of small groups of leaders, who are individually gifted and skilled differently yet share a united vision and can work together to lead others toward a particular goal.

Throughout Scripture, there are instances where shared leadership proved to be the best option. Some of the wisest leaders, including Moses, Nehemiah, and Paul, recognized the value of team ministry. Even Christ called only a small group of men to be His apprentices and continue the work of the Church after the Ascension. A common thread among these exceptional leaders is the realization of a God-given vision. Leadership must have a vision for where their followers need to go, or as Barna put it, "if you cannot articulate a clear picture of what you are seeking to achieve, how can you lead people there?" Leaders must be diligent to discern God's unique vision for their church by understanding their own gifts and abilities, by studying the community in which they minister, by developing a deep, personal relationship with God, and by testing the vision through various means before declaring it to others.

There are many reasons most churches do not use the team model of leadership, such as, "We've never done it that way before," but there are also a number of reasons why they should, including some strong biblical reasons like the priesthood of believers. According to Ephesians 4:11-12, the purpose of the leadership gifts is to enable the saints to do "the work of the ministry." Being able to recognize those called and gifted by God to lead is, therefore, of utmost importance. There are a number of specific competencies which may be evidence of leadership material, but individuals must be called by God and exhibit godly character before they can accomplish the task effectively. Barna also brings out four particular aptitudes that should be sought out for inclusion in a leadership team. Every leadership group should have a directing leader, a strategic leader, a team-building leader, and an operational leader, so each team member will complement the traits of his or her teammates. It cannot be assumed that every team will be fully functional as long as each of these attributes are present, but initial and ongoing training can be of great assistance. The appointment of a team captain who will strive to keep the group focused and moving forward is also helpful.

A transition from the traditional model to a lay-leadership structure requires the pastor to be totally committed to the change. His exuberance for the future must also be evident to all, for there are many obstacles to change. The pastor must expect and be prepared for opposition, and he and the church must be patient as the transition takes place. This is a process which cannot be rushed. Furthermore, this type of transition should not be aborted midstream either, so much prayer and careful evaluation of the pastor and the congregation must precede such an enormous undertaking.
Team Leadership  Mar 1, 2008
I enjoyed this book. It was required for a college class. It is one that I will keep, and not sell. I referenced back to it even after the class was over.

I also recommend The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork.
Not recommended  Dec 17, 2007
This book purports to be from a research group, but there is almost no documented research in the book. The principle of working in teams is an important one for churches and businesses, but once that's been said, there is little this book adds in the way of useful information. I managed to read most of it and skimmed the rest to see if I could find anything worth detailed reading. I didn't.
Nothing too groundbreaking  Nov 12, 2007
Barna makes a case for using leadership teams to lead ministries rather than a single person calling the shots. His reasoning is sound and fairly straightforward. I would never argue against the concept of blending leadership competencies into a well-rounded leadership team. Especially in ministry, teams are always more effective.

However, Barna shoots himself in the foot by spending a chapter explaining the need for a team "captain". As I read the chapter, it sounded to me like he was describing what other books would call the team leader. He did not make a good case for the captain being any different than a solo leader of a team. Therefore, I didn't see the concepts in this book as being any different than other "How to be a leader" type of books.
Good  Sep 20, 2007
This was a helpful tool. Not Barna's best but it was useful. I think a little more instruction would help. I would recommend it to anyone that is part of any team.

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