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Redeeming Leadership: Shoulder Pads by [Riddle, Mark ]
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Redeeming Leadership: Shoulder Pads is the first book in an upcoming series from Mark Riddle and Redeeming Leadership LLC. Shoulder Pads invites pastors into a new way of thinking about leading their churches.

The Redeeming Leadership series are short books (about 10,000 words) designed to support pastors who are looking for news ways of leading beyond the status-quo. Shoulder Pads includes questions for personal reflection and church staff dialogue.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 123 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Redeeming Leadership LLC (March 26 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007P67BRM
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HASH(0x963e8834) out of 5 stars Addressing the age of consumerism and entitlement in our churches March 29 2012
By Tim Schmoyer - Published on
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Most church leaders deal with the issue of congregation members who expect the paid staff to serve them, provide services, and direct programs. For the most part, the congregation members are involved, but they're serving the youth pastor in his ministry or the children's director in her ministry rather than taking responsibility for THEIR ministry. Things like this happen because somewhere along the line the team player removed his or her shoulder pads and placed them on the paid staff member. Unfortunately, the staff member accepts them because "this is what I get paid to do" and before long, it's a church of people with unrealistic expectations who also share no ownership in the outcomes.

Mark's little book addresses issues like this and more as he talks about how we can discover our role in misplacing responsibility because church staff members do it, too. He also addresses how we can begin to give back misplaced responsibility that's been delegated to us.

Mark also provides discussion questions, both for each of us personally to wrestle through and for us a church staff to discuss together as a group. The questions are great for helping us contextualize Mark's concepts and principles, but I'm hoping for a part 2 of this book where some of these principles are expounded on in more detail, especially as it relates to helping our churches make the shift from consumerism and entitlement to ownership and empowerment.

Definitely worth reading!
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HASH(0x963e8888) out of 5 stars A Fresh Perspective on Leadership March 28 2012
By Wade Hodges - Published on
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In this little book Mark offers a fresh and challenging perspective on leadership. Building on the work of Peter Block, he encourages church leaders to empower the people in their congregations to function as citizens rather than consumers. This is not an easy task, especially when leaders realize how their present behavior is perpetuating the consumption model they bemoan. Mark gives concrete examples of how leaders can help others own what is rightfully theirs by changing their leadership posture.

It's the kind of book you'll want to discuss with others after reading it.
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HASH(0x963e8cc0) out of 5 stars Thoughts worth having May 2 2012
By Erinjackso - Published on
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Mark does what he does best within this book: he asks questions worth asking. How do we as leaders of a ministry unintentionally stunt the spiritual growth and ministry gifts of our congregants and students? Too often, well intentioned church leaders take on too much personal responsibility for ministry...ending up feeling resentful for the workload while ironically being resented for how things get done. I hope the questions in this book can lead ministries to healthier places.

This book should be required reading for church staff and lay leaders alike. Well done!
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By Patrick Jackson - Published on
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Riddle is right on point with the overall direction of the consumer minded congregant. His analysis of the response to this by the majority of clergy as leaders is astonishing. His recommendations for action are simple, logical, and meaningful. The brief time a leader will spend reading Riddle's insights will pay dividends tenfold (please pardon the biblical expression.)

Any Pastor, Lay Pastor, or Leader would be wise to interact with this wisdom.
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HASH(0x963eb084) out of 5 stars Great leadership read April 3 2012
By Jay Henderson - Published on
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All leaders, no matter what type of organization, have felt the weight of the "shoulder pads." This is a fantastic illustration that all leaders can relate to well. This book is a great resource that brings light to not only problem identification but problem solution. The author articulates well the leadership deficiencies and challenges of a local church context. I highly recommend this read.