Is it possible for church leaders to use biblical and secular leadership concepts in a way that keeps Christ—not the marketplace—at the center of their mission? In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership, church consultant and pastor Mike Bonem explores the myriad issues involved in bringing marketplace leadership practices into Christian organizations.
Drawing on biblical material and business wisdom, the book explores the critical leadership decisions that shape an organization’s future and its effectiveness. These decisions are illustrated in compelling interviews with over forty leaders of churches, universities, denominational bodies, and international ministries. Bonem leverages his background as an MBA-trained manager and an experienced church leader to bridge the gap between the analytical and structured world of business and the faith-driven approach that is essential for healthy churches. Covering everything from planning, finance, personnel management, and measurement to deeper, foundational concerns related to self-leadership, team dynamics, culture, and organizational change, the book helps readers discern how to adapt business-related principles in their spiritual organizations. While Bonem presents an array of corporate concepts, his thinking is rooted in the belief that leadership is shaped by Scripture and should never violate its teachings.
Written to offer practical solutions for senior pastors, executive pastors, key laypeople, and leaders of other Christian entities, In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership clearly shows the ways that secular practices can be imported into their organizations. Throughout the book, Mike Bonem reveals how these leaders can discern the value of business practices and allow time and space for God to speak to their hearts. In doing so, he points to the AND that every spiritual organization should strive to achieve.