Catastrophic Crisis: Ministry Leadership in the Midst of Trial and Tragedy  -     By: Steve F. Echols, Allen England
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Catastrophic Crisis: Ministry Leadership in the Midst of Trial and Tragedy

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A tornado destroys a school campus; a hurricane levels a church; a gunman murders a pastor during a worship service . . . dealing with crises can make or break leaders. Are you prepared to meet the challenge? Offering real-life case studies, Echols and England equip you to respond to grieving staff members, media attention, lawsuits, and more. 192 pages, softcover from B&H.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.44 (inches)
ISBN: 0805449760
ISBN-13: 9780805449761
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Nature's fury, horrible accidents, criminal acts, moral failures, personal attacks. Nothing tests a ministry leader's skills more than a crisis. When sudden events turn things upside down, and the normal methods of operation are no longer possible, the leader and the leadership moment are placed in the fire and thrust into the spotlight at once. With that in mind, Catastrophic Crisis authors Steve Echols and Allen England take a case study approach to understanding effective Christian leadership, looking back at eight trials or tragedies faced at religious institutions in recent years.

From the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's encounter with Hurricane Katrina to the First Baptist Church in Maryville, Illinois, where pastor Fred Winters was shot and killed while preaching, this well-researched book tells the inside stories of each event, analyzes the leadership responses to draw out important lessons, and then poses direct questions that will help the reader actively process what is being learned. 

Catastrophic Crisis
concludes with the "Leadership Lifeboats" and "Aftermath" chapters, focusing respectively on practical, biblical insights from various other leadership authors and the hope and blessing God ultimately provides following a personal catastrophic crisis.

Author Bio

Steve F. Echols is associate dean of the Alabama and Georgia extension center systems for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he also directs the North Georgia Hub and occupies the Nelson L. Price chair of Leadership.

Allen England is associate professor of Church and Educational Administration, occupying the J. M. Frost chair of Christian Education, at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

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    Solid and REAL case studies give real world wisdom
    January 17, 2012
    jennzip
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    This book was purchased for a class that Dr. Steve Echols taught. The case studies vary across many dimensions of "church crises" from hurricanes, to tornadoes, to arson, to shootings, to moral failures, to auto accidents, etc. The cases are factually presented with the goal of helping individuals identify and understand leadership opportunities and responses from within crises. A worthwhile read for any church leader, minister or layman.
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