Spiritual Practices for Effective Leadership
Format: Paperback
Book Code: J227
Pages: 192
Size: 5" x 8"
ISBN: 9780817017583
PubDate: 2015

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Burn out. Exhaustion. Depression. Stagnation. The demands of ministry take a toll on even the most resourceful and intentional minister. No one knows this better than Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson, President of the Ministers Council for American Baptist Churches USA. In this new leadership resource, discover the spiritual art of practicing sanctuary—a process that ushers pastors into retreat and release, in order to review and reconnect, before reflecting and recalibrating, all with the goal of returning to ministry as more effective leaders. Practical and inspirational, this book is grounded in Scripture and solid research.

Key features:

•   Makes the critical link between spiritual practice and how it impacts leadership effectiveness

•   Provides a way-of-life process for pastoral leaders help them deepen their spiritual lives and use that deepening to impact and strengthen their effectiveness as a pastoral leader

•   Leverages leadership theory, Judeo-Christian scriptures, and the lived experiences of pastoral leaders to demonstrate the value of reflection as a spiritual practice and how that practice becomes a critical requirement for leadership effectiveness and spiritual well-being

Editorial Reviews:

“On an intuitive level, most leaders already know that time apart from their contexts is important to their effectiveness. Our wider culture treats such times, however, as luxuries only some can afford—as selfish ‘spring break’–type outings that benefit the leader alone. Debora Jackson—who has accomplished much in the business, ministry, and religious foundation worlds—helps us understand time apart as a spiritual practice that nourishes the soul and enriches the whole community. Her work on sanctuary shows us why time apart is important and how to make the most of times of retreat so they create space in us for creativity and closeness to God.”  —Sarah B. Drummond, Dean of the Faculty & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Andover Newton Theological Seminary

“Combining the best of recent cutting-edge wisdom on leadership, biblical resources, and hard-won practical experience, Debora Jackson offers a map to sustain the work of pastors.  With passion for their effectiveness in ministry and its sustainability, she charts a clear direction for constructing the sanctuary—constructed with nourishing practices that lead to enduring spiritual leadership. This book has helped me, and I trust it will help other readers, as well.” —Molly T. Marshall, PhD, President and Professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation, Central Baptist Theological Seminary

“As the church in the twenty-first century looks at how it must evolve to remain relevant, guiding church leaders of all kinds into a deeper understanding of leadership, as well as spiritual and self-care, is vital.  Dr. Jackson's leadership experience in both the religious and secular worlds, as well as her deep love and understanding of both modern leadership theory and healing contemplative spiritual practices, makes this book an essential tool in your library collection on leadership and spirituality for a time such as this.” —Therese Taylor-Stinson, Vice Moderator of National Capital Presbytery, PCUSA, Managing Member, Spiritual Directors of Color Network; Coeditor of Embodied Spirits: Stories of Spiritual Directors of Color

"Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Spiritual Practices for Effective Leadership: 7 Rs of Sanctuary for Pastors" is thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone, content and commentary. Very highly recommended, especially for members of the clergy."--Midwest Book Review, Bookwatch, January 2016



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