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None of us has escaped the frustration of long, exhausting, and unproductive meetings. It's easy to complain, but not always easy to help things along. In this book, David Sawyer offers specific ways to turn boards and committees into effective vehicles for accomplishing what you set out to do, including:
• How to assess personal gifts and place workers in jobs best suited for their experience and talents• Guides for adapting leadership styles to different types of workers• How to build the official board into a cohesive team• How pastors can use the module system for allocating time more efficiently• Communication techniques for improving understanding• Rules for getting work done in the midst of conflict
Recognizing that we can't do it alone, Dr. Sawyer emphasizes that "Results are controlled by the Holy Spirit. The task of the church's servants is to listen and follow."
David Sawyer, MDiv, PhD, joined the Louisville Seminary faculty in 2002 and currently serves as the director of Lifelong Learning and Advanced Degrees and as Professor of Ministry.
Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1969, David Sawyer has served as pastor in churches in Illinois, Ohio, and Minnesota, and Associate Executive for Ministry in the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy (St. Louis). He has also taught interim ministry with the Interim Ministry Network and the Presbyterian Interim Training faculty, and was adjunct professor at Eden Seminary in St. Louis and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.
In addition to The Work of the Church in Boards & Committees, Dr. Sawyer is author of "The Church in Transition as a Human System" in Temporary Shepherds (Roger Nicholson, ed. Alban Institute, 1999).
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