Effective Church Leadership: Building on the Twelve Keys

by Kennon L. Callahan. Jossey-Bass, 1990.

During the post-World War II era, the United States was a “churched” culture that encouraged the development of credentialed, professional pastors. With the current decline of mainline churches in our pluralistic culture, the “professional” pastor has become ineffective and must give way to the “missional” pastor. 'Effective Church Leadership' defines and lists the major resources of a missional pastor-leader. The reader will find practical help with the four central tasks of a missional leader: helping people rediscover power in the whole of their lives; helping people become communities of reconciliation; helping people discover meaning in everyday life; and helping people discover how they can make a difference. The missional pastor helps church members discover who they are now on the mission field, their specific mission tasks, and the central convictions about ordinary life in light of the gospel. The author gives practical insight into how pastors and key leaders can transform themselves and their communities of faith into vibrant and true mission outposts. A plan for pastoral evaluation and an evaluation worksheet are included.