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Wesleyan Ministry Leadership Collection (8 vols.)

by 5 authors McIntosh, Gary L., Johnson, Derric, Schmidt, Wayne, Toler, Stan, Whitesel, Bob

WPH 2007–2010

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Wesleyan Ministry Leadership Collection (8 vols.)
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Overview

Church ministry and leadership are constantly evolving. Aware of the need for effective church, ministry, and pastoral growth strategies, the Wesleyan Ministry Leadership Collection (8 vols.) provides church leaders practical tools, principles, insight, and encouragement to take their church and congregation to the next level.

Discover your church’s full potential! This collection addresses different aspects church leaders face including:

  • Hiring new staff members
  • Transitioning to a new/different ministry or staying put
  • Maintaining momentum with church growth
  • Negotiating church needs effectively
  • Introducing theological changes in the church
  • Guiding a church congregation toward spiritual maturity

Whether you are just beginning or are a veteran of the ministry, the Wesleyan Ministry Leadership Collection (8 vols.) is the perfect guide for improving the quality, focus, and effectiveness of your ministry. With the Logos edition of the Wesleyan Ministry Leadership Collection (8 vols.) you have easy access to Scripture texts, along with a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Hovering over Scripture references links you instantly to the verse you’re looking for, and with passage guides and a wealth of other tools from Logos, you can get into God’s Word and discover biblical insights on church leadership like never before.

Key Features

  • Practical tools and principles for church growth
  • Insight on key decision-making aspects that positively or negatively affect the ministry

Individual Titles

Here Today, There Tomorrow: Unleashing Your Church’s Potential

  • Author: Gary L. McIntosh
  • Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 224

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Church leaders are frustrated. Larger churches are bogged down by the weight of their own organizations, and smaller churches struggle with an inability to get things moving.

Veteran leadership expert Gary L. McIntosh provides help to leaders of churches, regardless of size, who struggle to create workable plans to move their congregations forward. This book identifies the best practices on how to assess the unique identity of a church and design a plan for its future.

Loaded with case studies, resources, and chapter-by-chapter action plans, this practical resource contains everything a pastor needs to understand the planning process; identify the churches mission, values, and goals; and put it all together in a plan that works in the local setting.

Gary L. McIntosh is professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and president of the Church Growth Network. He has consulted with church leaders in more than five hundred churches from 55 denominations. He is the editor of Church Growth Network newsletter and the Journal of American Church Growth. He has written or co-authored more than 15 books and manuals.

Life Lessons for Leaders

  • Author: Derric Johnson
  • Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 128

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Pastors facing ministry leadership challenges often wonder what class they missed in Bible college or seminary that was supposed to help them deal with such challenges. They long for an experienced mentor, but a good one is hard to find.

Author and musician Derric Johnson presents a series of challenging and inspiring meditations based on leadership principles learned from his ministry mentor, Dr. Orval C. Butcher, founding pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in LaMesa, California. These leadership meditations offer insight, encouragement, and affirmation for pastors who want help developing their leadership capabilities.

Categories of meditations include introspection, risk and creativity, vision, personal growth, pushing on, stepping out, reaching out, mentoring, looking up, and kneeling down.

Derric Johnson is a renowned pastor, songwriter, musician, educator, author, and motivational speaker. He has been a specialty writer for Radio City Music Hall and served as creative consultant for Walt Disney World and Epcot Center. A Stanley Foundation lecturer, Johnson has written 10 books, including the bestselling The Wonder of Christmas.

Ministry Velocity: The Power for Leadership Momentum

  • Author: Wayne Schmidt
  • Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 256

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Pastors and church leaders often find the velocity of ministry to be a challenge. Sometimes it comes much too fast; other times it’s way too slow. How can you lead a church that is stalled to begin moving again in the right direction? And then, when you experience success, how do you maintain and harness that momentum to effectively lead the church to its next level?

Wayne Schmidt addresses both angles of the ministry velocity challenge and offers scriptural strategies for sustainable momentum. Based on biblical principles rooted in the leadership of Joshua, Schmidt teaches pastors how to lead through every phase of momentum, so that the church can capitalize on its God-given opportunities.

This highly practical volume provides pastors and church leaders much needed insight on understanding how to anticipate, create, and maintain ministry velocity.

Wayne Schmidt is vice president of Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. Prior to that, he served more than 25 years as the senior pastor of Kentwood Community Church in Kentwood, MI, which grew to more than 2,600 average weekend attendees. He is the author of several books, including Soul Management and Power Plays.

Stan Toler’s Practical Guide to Hiring Staff: How to Recruit and Retain an Effective Ministry Team

  • Author: Stan Toler
  • Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 192

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The most critical growth decision most pastors face is knowing when—and whom—to hire. Getting the right staff at the right time can make or break a congregation’s momentum. Drawing from his vast experience as a senior pastor and executive leader of large organizations, Stan Toler shares the secrets that will make your first hire the right one. Subjects include:

  • Casting the vision for staff expansion
  • Funding a new position
  • Communicating vision to staff members
  • Setting staff expectations
  • Interviewing
  • The first thirty days
  • How to be a great boss

Stan Toler is general superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene. Toler began his pastoral career at the age of 17 and for several years taught seminars for Dr. John Maxwell’s INJOY Group, a leadership development institute. He has written more than 70 books, including ReThink Your Life, which debuted at number 23 on the CBA Christian Living bestsellers list.

Stan Toler’s Practical Guide for Ministry Transition: How to Navigate Pastoral Change Personally and Professionally

  • Author: Stan Toler
  • Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 192

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Am I done here? Do I have something further to offer this congregation? Is it time to seek a leadership position elsewhere? Or is this merely a case of “spring fever”?

Many pastors wrestle with questions like these each year, never sure if the time is right for a pastoral move. Veteran pastor Stan Toler comes alongside the pastor in transition to help assess the reasons for change and to make sure that the decision to move—and the move itself—will go smoothly. Based on decades of pastoral experience, Stan Toler offers wise counsel and timely insight into the issues of leaving your current parish while preparing for your next phase of ministry. Subjects include:

  • Assessing your leadership potential
  • Assessing your leadership fit
  • Reasons to consider a change
  • Reasons to consider staying
  • Selecting your next ministry setting
  • Presenting yourself well in person and in print
  • Interviewing
  • Negotiating compensation
  • Family moving do’s and don’ts
  • Establishing your new home
  • The first 90 days of a new pastorate

Stan Toler is general superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene. Toler began his pastoral career at the age of 17 and for several years taught seminars for Dr. John Maxwell’s INJOY Group, a leadership development institute. He has written more than 70 books, including ReThink Your Life, which debuted at number 23 on the CBA Christian Living bestsellers list.

Preparing for Change Reaction: How to Introduce Change in Your Church

  • Author: Bob Whitesel
  • Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 224

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This practical guide is designed to be used by church leaders with their boards as a tool for negotiating needed changes effectively. Author Bob Whitesel compellingly makes the case that new methodology can and must be embraced without altering a church’s beliefs or mission. He then offers a series of exercises to be undertaken jointly by church leaders that will result in the production of a master plan for managing change in the local church. Your team will:

  • Understand which changes threaten a church’s identity—and which do not
  • Identify the church’s core values and nonnegotiable beliefs
  • Anticipate the ten most common reactions to change
  • Develop a workable plan for introducing change in your church
Bob Whitesel makes it seem so simple. Armed with these helpful principles, church leaders will have the tools they need to successfully implement change in the most difficult situations. I highly recommend this book!

Stan Toler, bestselling author

Bob Whitesel is the key spokesperson on change theory in the church today. If you wish to introduce a biblical process of change in your church, Preparing for Change Reaction is the book for you!

—Gary L. McIntosh, professor of Christian ministry and leadership, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA

Church leaders will welcome this insightful resource. Finally, we have a solid teaching for change agents in the church.

—Kent R. Hunter, president, Church Doctor Ministries, Corunna, IN

When properly controlled, change will help your church make miraculous advances. But uncontrolled, change can become a destructive inferno. Preparing for Change Reaction is a Boy Scout’s guide to the proper understanding and constructive use of change.

—Charles Arn, president, Church Growth Inc., Glendora, CA

You should read anything that Bob Whitesel writes because he is totally committed to carrying out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ as well as meeting the challenge of contemporary worlds. Because culture is changing we should be Preparing for Change Reaction.

Elmer L. Towns, Co-founder, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

Bob Whitesel brings fresh thinking, strong clarity, and engaging concepts to the subject of change in the church . . . A most helpful book in helping churches thrive and survive.

—Ronald E. Keener, Editor, Church Executive Magazine, Phoenix, AZ

By page twenty-five of this book, I was suddenly seeing why change had not worked in our church community, and by page 45 I was setting up meetings with members to search for tactical leaders. It is revolutionizing the way we are approaching God’s call upon our community.

—Rebecca Ver Straten-McSparran, Director, L.A. Film Studies Center

Bob Whitesel is professor of Christian ministry and missional leadership at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University and President of C3 International (Creative Church Counseling). He is a sought-after writer, speaker, consultant, and lecturer on the emerging organic church, church management, and church growth.

Waypoint: Navigating Your Spiritual Journey

  • Author: Bob Whitesel
  • Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 160

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Oksana is on a spiritual journey she never saw coming. There are many paths she can take, but that doesn’t help her know where she is going. Even though it’s her personal path, she needs some direction. She needs to find a waypoint.

Author Bob Whitesel follows Oksana’s journey, engagingly mapping out her life’s quest as an allegorical GPS for each of us on a spiritual journey. From whatever uniquely personal direction you might be coming, there are waypoints that every spiritual traveler must realize in order to progress toward a meaningful life. And as Whitesel openly and sensitively reveals, whatever personal way each of us follows, everyone must find these same points.

Bob Whitesel is professor of Christian Ministry and missional leadership at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University and President of C3 International (Creative Church Counseling). He is a sought-after writer, speaker, consultant, and lecturer on the emerging organic church, church management, and church growth.

Spiritual Waypoints: Helping Others Navigate the Journey

  • Author: Bob Whitesel
  • Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 272

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Bob Whitesel, one of the church’s foremost experts on leadership, growth, and change, offers help for pastors and congregation leaders who struggle to develop effective strategies for reaching today’s generation with the good news of Jesus Christ. This book defines and describes the journey most people in today’s culture follow as they move from a lack of awareness of the gospel through conversion to spiritual maturity. Whitesel identifies distinct stages or “waypoints” in this journey and helps church leaders understand how to guide seekers in taking the next step from where they are.

Filled with interviews and personal stories from Shane Claiborne, Dan Kimball, Lauren Winner, Scot McKnight, and more, this engaging book will help congregations build on their strengths to develop a comprehensive and holistic strategy for guiding people through the stages of their journey toward spiritual maturity.

This book tackles the big challenge that all churches face: helping people find their way on the spiritual journey.

—Warren Bird, research director, Leadership Network, Dallas, TX

Whitesel helps us see what the Spirit is doing in a person’s heart. Learn, and be encouraged.

Nelson Searcy, lead pastor, The Journey Church, Boca Raton, FL

Spiritual decision-making leads to a life-long journey of progressive discovery. Whitesel provides practical guidelines to help people move from stage to stage.

Eddie Gibbs, professor, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA

At the end of this read, you’ll have new understanding of where you are (your waypoint) and a new outlook of where others are on their journey.

Aubrey Malphurs, senior professor of educational ministries and leadership and pastoral ministry, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX

May God use Spiritual Waypoints to grow many believers in their faith. Likewise, may God use this new refreshing book to grow many believers in Christ.

Elmer L. Towns, co-founder, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

Bob Whitesel is professor of Christian ministry and missional leadership at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University and President of C3 International (Creative Church Counseling). He is a sought-after writer, speaker, consultant, and lecturer on the emerging organic church, church management, and church growth.

Product Details

  • Title: Wesleyan Ministry Leadership Collection
  • Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
  • Volumes: 8
  • Pages: 1,648