However, leaders can avoid this by communing with the God, which will in turn reinforce their call. . Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. Jesus has overcome this world! Would be spiritual leaders ought to model themselves after Christ and allow God to work out His divine timetable. In life, he was tempted, tested, tried, and he was sustained through regular communion with his Heavenly Father. Leadership Network, a division of OneHundredX, seeks to accelerate the impact of 100X leaders.
A Work of Heart shows how God prepares leaders today just as he did in biblical times-and how God creates these leaders in order to share his heart with his people. I bought this copy to give to someone else to encourage them in their walk with God, and work for God, to further energize them. Reggie then asks us to consider their subplots: culture, call, community, communion, conflict and the commonplace and how each of these areas impacted their lives. They are carefully crafted, faithfully shaped. Revised and updated edition of the classic work on spiritual leadership In A Work of Heart, bestselling author and missional expert Reggie McNeal helps leaders reflect on the ways in which God is shaping them by letting us see God at work in the lives of four quintessential biblical leaders: Moses, David, Jesus, and Paul. Regardless of where we fall on the leadership paradigm, what God is doing by shaping our hearts is renewing our minds, increasing our understanding and competence, affirming our identity in Christ, growing us in wisdom and knowledge, teaching us how to live in proper relationships with other people, shaping our character, growing our gratitude, disciplining our souls, and encouraging us to persevere on our faith and leadership journeys.
Based on the amount of stories McNeal tells one gets the feeling that a lot of this book is the kind of wisdom he gives on a daily basis to the spiritual leaders he assists through his ministry. He identifies the influences God used to shape them: Culture-the times and the environment in which a leader is raised; Call-the leader's personal call by God to mission; Community-the people who shape and sustain the leader; Communion-the leader's personal relationship with God; Conflict-the leader's engagement of destructive forces in life and ministry; and Commonplace-the daily choices of living. Love expressed through community still transforms people and creates an attractive and compelling invitation for others to join up. Little of it was uniquely relevant to spiritual growth or leadership, as his vocabulary, often drawn from business, politics and the military, makes clear. That's not saying our choices aren't important, but where does God's sovereignty and good purposes fit into McNeal's vision of leadership? I've read very few self-help books, but this one seemed well thought out, organized in a way that made the suggestions memorable, and posed practical exercises. Drawing on twenty years of leadership roles in local congregations and his work over the last two decades with thousands of clergy and church leaders, McNeal counsels local churches, denominational groups, seminaries and colleges, and parachurch organizations in their leadership development needs. The heart-sculpting work of God creates quality ministries.
It is crucial to leave a legacy of handling conflict well. This is the hope people harbor. This is reasonable enough, but what disappointed me was the American Protestant assumptions underlying the whole. First, McNeal is drawing attention to a significant issue: burn out. The significance of call and communion have been covered. I was required to read this book for my internship with Young Life, but it has been one of the most insightful books for me to read about being a leader. Drawing on twenty years of leadership roles in local congregations and his work over the last two decades with thousands of clergy and church leaders, McNeal counsels local churches, denominational groups, seminaries and colleges, and parachurch organizations in their leadership development needs.
Taking heart is an intentional act and it affirms the hope we have in Jesus. The author has two primary goals which he desires to inform the reader about. Of course the author has obviously read, studied, and thought about these topics. On the positive side, McNeal is obviously a seasoned and wise minister to ministers. McNeal assumes the reader knows what to do to follow God's plan for us, and would probably be surprised by approaches like Flannery O'Connor's or Daniel Berrigan's, though to be fair his concerns do not include, and in fact specifically exclude, do-it-yourself spiritual direction. The Bible says that because he was fully human, he was tempted in every way that we are but was without sin Heb.
A Leadership Network Publication Spiritual leaders must become experts in matters of the heart. Using illustrative stories of contemporary church leaders who opened their hearts to God's guidance, McNeal shows how God is still using these same influences to shape the hearts of religious leaders today. Communion: Rehearsing for Eternity 137 9. These leaders are masterpieces in too short a supply. Each culture adheres to certain regulations and thought processes.
David: A Heart After God; 3. They must learn to discern God at work in their own lives, shaping their hearts to embrace the particular ministries to which they are called. But where he alludes to outside voices he is mostly negative and dismissive. There are insightful and biblical comments on each area. Many of the skills spiritual leaders cultivate have tangible, and often quantifiable, results. Series Title: Responsibility: Reggie McNeal.
Second, it leads to a number of errors that distract from the main purposes of the book. That's what shapes our heart. Written in 2000, it has some insights which are useful today, and other parts which have not aged well the comparisons between Baby Boomers and Generation Xers are a notable example. In that sense, the book is well-merited, if not timely, as the seminary model of ministry training continues to decline. In sum, I recommend that if you would like to read this book that you simply borrow it from a library and write out the best questions for regular self-reflection. The evidence is not considered complete until it is compared to other accounts and data. Drawing on twenty years of leadership roles in local congregations and his work over the last two decades with thousands of clergy and church leaders, McNeal counsels local churches, denominational groups, seminaries and colleges, and parachurch organizations in their leadership development needs.
Author: Reggie McNeal Publisher: New York : Wiley, 2011. The strength of the text lies in the questions it asks at the end of the chapters. Conflict and pain have a way of refining the character of any leader and as such should be embraced as an agent of transformation. McNeal identifies the formative influences upon these leaders, which he sees as God's ways of working in their lives--the same influences at work today forming leaders for ministry in our times. They will respond to a spiritual belief system that delivers at this point.
A Work of Heart shows how God prepares leaders today just as he did in biblical times-and how God creates these leaders in order to share his heart with his people. In theory, this should have been a good book. Yet the anecdotal nature of the book also limits its value. The way culture can shape leaders is both subtle and blatant. Culture: Meeting the World; 6. They order their lives around the call of God on them…They are convinced that life will eventually line up with the reality of the call. Not to mention that it seems to use this otherwise harmless speculation as though it is an authoritative piece of evidence for nature of a good leader.