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In this encouraging, practical, and easy-to-read Living Church resource, experienced church leaders Susan Gillies and Ingrid Dvirnak use stories and case studies to:
• Identify obstacles to cultivating lay leadership and ways to overcome them• Explore how to identify gifts and match them to organizational needs and ministry interests• Address recruiting and sustaining leaders in their roles
Additionally, the authors establish:
• The value in having leaders rotate through a season of followership• The importance of cultivating your own spiritual health in order to be a more effective leader• The need for leadership development beginning with children and extending through retirees
A must-have resource for each church pastor!
M. Ingrid Dvirnak has determined that her life's purpose is to communicate the messages of God through both spoken and written words in ways that her family and friends, church and denomination will be enriched to the glory of God.
She has served as the former editor of Baptist Leader magazine and as a consulting editor and writer for Judson Bible Journeys for Adults, published by Judson Press. She is the author of The Work of the Clerk (Judson Press) and co-author of Renewing God's People (American Baptist Home Mission Societies). Previously she was also the editor and program associate for American Baptist Women's Ministries in Valley Forge, PA. More recently she coordinated the communication efforts of the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains. She is currently retired, living in Elizabeth, Colorado.
Susan Gillies, MA, spent more than twenty years in leadership positions with American Baptist Churches USA, including directing the Ministry of the Laity in the Workplace program for National Ministries (now the American Baptist Home Mission Societies) and serving as Executive Minister of American Baptist Churches of Nebraska. In retirement, she now is a public speaker, newspaper columnist, consultant, and silversmith in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
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