The Politics of Ministry: Navigating Power Dynamics and Negotiating InterestsBob Burns, Tasha D. Chapman, Donald C. GuthrieIVP Books / 2019 / Trade Paperback$13.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5The Politics Of MinistryDecember 21, 2018MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"The Politics of Ministry" is an enlightening read on the reality of politics in the church. Like it or not, politics is all around us, including in God's house. While politics is ever-present and cannot be avoided, believers in Jesus Christ are to act differently than the world when it comes to using power and influence to get things done.
Around 200 pages, the book addresses several issues, including:
1. 4 dynamics of politics.
2. Over the long haul, relational power is more effective than formal power.
3. Activities that take place during the negotiation process.
4. Believers are called to be service-oriented and grace-based in their leadership.
5. Questions to ask yourself when considering the ethics of politics in the church.
6. The importance of shunning unethical and unbiblical gamemanship.
7. The importance of stopping and reflecting on why we feel or act a particular way when considering people's different interests in church.
8. Sources of human interest in church.
Many, many other topics are addressed in detail. The authors' approach is a good balance of: real-life examples (names and churches are changed), issues at stake, principles to consider, and practical advice and wisdom for dealing with the situation. I like this balanced approach and is a refreshing change from some books I've read that were long on pious platitudes and short on practical application.
Will definitely read again in the future and use as a helpful reference as this title may be applied to other areas outside church (work, home, relationships, etc.). Highly recommended. I was given a review copy by Intervarsity Press in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.
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