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Title:Leading on Purpose: Intentionality and Teaming in Congregational Life (Lutheran Voices)
Authors:Eric Burtness
Info:Augsburg Fortress Publishers (2004), Paperback, 100 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:6 A: Lutheran Voices study book arranged around the concept of the purpose driven life

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Leading On Purpose: Intentionality And Teaming In Congregational Life (Lutheran Voices) by Eric Burtness



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Leading on Purpose: Intentionality and Teaming in Congregational Life by Eric Burtness. Epiphany-Oviedo Library section 6 A: Church Growth and Planning: Church Growth. This book is short, perfect for adult bible study on Sundays, and a great kick start to renewing an ELCA congregation. We need someone to teach this book! Will YOU step forward to facilitate such discussions?
Part of the Lutheran Voices series from Augsburg, the ELCA publisher, this book discusses congregational growth, endeavoring to answer, “Why does our church exist? What is our purpose?” If a church has clearly stated, God-discerned purposes that people believe in, it will flourish. It suggests hands-on ways to engage, empower, and equip people for ministry. Let’s look just at chapter 1. It asks, “what drives your church?” The Great Commandment and Great Commission clearly express the Lutheran focus for a church: worship (celebrate God’s presence), ministry (demonstrate God’s love), evangelism (communicate God’s word verbally), fellowship (incorporate God’s family) and discipleship (educate God’s people).
Using The Purpose Driven Church model as adapted by ELCA churches, our goals should be to: 1) raise each member’s level of commitment to Christ, congregation, and spiritual growth. Boldly ask for and expect such a commitment. 2) help people develop spiritual growth habits of bible study, prayer, generous giving, sharing, and fellowship. 3) build a balanced Christian education ministry based on knowledge, perspective, conviction, skills, and character. We reach these goals by planning for and implementing them with INTENTION and PURPOSE. Other chapters discuss leadership, commitment, and teams.
If this book is used in adult SS Table Talk, we can create a core of people who can lead with intention and high purpose to reach the above-stated goals. If we have goals, we can work toward and achieve them. Otherwise we drift and stagnate.
People will commit to clearly stated goals in three ways: emotionally, spiritually, and financially. These three are the essence of church activity: worship, leadership, devotion, discipleship, ministry and stewardship. Think about that for a minute! This is an A-HA moment, if you clearly understand it. If our members strongly commit to clearly stated congregation-wide goals, they will be less likely to leave over petty disagreements. This also challenges those naysayers in any congregation who prefer sitting on the sidelines, offer no input during the planning process, do no work, and then complain. Such people drag down a congregation but there are constructive ways to deal with such negativity.
This is an excellent book. Someone should teach it in a series of adult SS lessons. Step forward, someone, today! ( )
  Epiphany-OviedoELCA | Jan 11, 2013 |
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Exploring the Purpose-Driven Church phenomenon, Eric Burtness provides pastors and church leaders with a Lutheran view of what it means to lead on purpose and integrates the Purpose-Driven philosophy into the context of Lutheran congregational life. He tells the stories of numerous Lutheran congregations, large and small, rural and urban, that have used this structure and ministry emphasis for health, growth, and revitalization.

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