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Helping the Successful Become Significant


Ever since James warned church leaders to avoid showing favoritism, pastors have wrestled with how to minister to individuals with significant talent, power, or resources.

Whether the wealthy farmer in a rural congregation or the corporate CEO in a suburban one, ten-talent people can make a big impact for good or ill. Will they dominate a congregation—or refuse to invest their lives in a local fellowship at all? How can church leaders help ten-talent people channel their abilities and resources into God's kingdom?

To answer these questions, Leadership editors sat with Bob Shank and Bob Buford.

Bob Buford is chairman of the board and CEO of Buford Television, Inc., a Texas-based cable TV company. Bob is founder of Leadership Network, an organization that supports pastors of large churches, and The Foundation, an annual conference for high-capacity Christians. He is author of Half-Time: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance (Zondervan).

Bob Shank is senior pastor of South ...

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