How To Lead A Congregation

Creative Church Administration, by Lyle E. Schaller and Charles A. Tidwell (Abingdon, 1975, 208 pp., $4.95 pb), Church Planning and Management: A Guide For Pastors and Laymen, by B. Otto Wheeley with Thomas H. Cable (Dorrance, 1975, 218pp., $8.95), Managing Church Groups, by Norman M. Lambert (Pflaum, 1975, 85 pp., n.p., pb), Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, by LeRoy Eims (Victor, 1975, 132 pp., $1.95 pb), Ideas For Better Church Meetings, by Jerold W. Apps (Augsburg, 1975, 128 pp., $2.95 pb), Now That You’re a Deacon, by Howard B. Foshee (Broadman, 1975, 136 pp., n.p.), and The Elders of the Church, by Lawrence R. Eyres (Presbyterian and Reformed, 1975, 69 pp., $1.75 pb), are reviewed by Richard Allen Bodey, pastor, First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Gastonia, North Carolina.

When is someone going to take pity on the parish minister? When will the modern church tailor his job to bearable—and biblical—proportions? No other professional in our society is required to wear so many different hats. Preacher, pastor, evangelist, trainer, youth worker, fund raiser, administrator, public-relations representative, promoter—he is all these and more. No doubt to some extent he always has been. But the difference today is that, except in large churches with multiple staffs, he is expected to perform each of these roles with the knowledge and skill of a specialist. No wonder men quit the parish ministry. The wonder is that the drop-out rate hasn’t soared much higher.

The latest demand of the secularized church is that the pastor be equipped with the management expertise of a corporation executive. Seminars, conferences, and books on management for the clergy sprout all around like dandelions in May. ...

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