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The Courage To Lead

Author : James H. Harris
ISBN : 0742502147
Genre : Religion
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Focusing on pastoral and lay leadership in the African-American church, this books deals with internal and external issues - such as the tendency towards bifurcated mentality and practices, and the social issue of race and affirmative action.

The Courage To Hope

Author : Quinton Hosford Dixie
ISBN : 0807009539
Genre : Religion
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A collection of essays honoring the Black church historian James Melvin Washington

Raising Hope

Author : Anne E. Wimberly
ISBN : 9780938162353
Genre : Religion
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his book, Raising Hope: Four Paths to Courageous Living for Black Youth, written by Anne E. Streaty Wimberly and Sarah Frances Farmer, is a much-needed corrective to the negative assessment of today’s youth and the hopelessness that accompanies such an assessment. Wimberly and Farmer o er a positive view of the aspirations and potential of today’s youth, which challenges the too-often-heard narrative of disre- spect, lack of motivation, immorality, and destructive behavior used to characterize our youth. Wimberly and Farmer are not wild-eyed optimists whose conclu- sions are divorced from reality. In fact, their assessment is based on years of working with, listening to, and encouraging young people, and the good they have seen in the youth they have mentored. These authors and researchers are familiar with the challenges young people face today and how hard it is for them to negotiate the treacherous twists and turns that confront them. However, they have come to know that the greatest asset that young people can have is the strength and courage that come from hope, that amazing belief in the possible despite the challenges. Anne and Sarah have experienced that hope in their own lives and in the lives of the youth they have been privileged to work with and see grow. That is why they are committed to “raising hope.” This book, however, is more than a story of the promise of today’s youth and the value of hope. Even as the book challenges youth to believe in themselves and their potential, especially those who are African American and have the battle of racism to ght, it also chal- lenges adults, especially churchgoing adults, to get involved in the lives of youth. Those dual challenges provide the framework for the book’s discussions of the paths that will allow hope to be nurtured, strength- ened, and sustained so that a new generation of youth can reach their potential.

Renewed Survival

Author : Nila Ginger Hofman
ISBN : 0739113305
Genre : History
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Renewed Survival is an ethno-historic account of Jewish community life in Croatia. It traces the community's turbulent history from its inception in the late eighteenth century to the shifting political climate of the 1990s following the disintegration of Yugoslavia. Croatia's separation from Yugoslavia is explored ethnographically by examining the lives of the members of a small community of largely intercultural Jews. Particular attention is paid to the impact of local and transnational cultural changes during this period, wherein Jewish community life in Croatia became the focus of a number of institutional forces such as market capitalism, government-sponsored diversity campaigns, and transnational identity politics (the post-communist 'meaning makers' of Jewish identity). By exploring the multiple strategies employed by Croatian Jews in refashioning their identities, this work challenges both the nostalgic image of a thriving presence of Jewish culture in Croatia as well as the (more prominent) view that Jewish communities in Croatia are on the brink of extinction. The author suggests that the latter view-the 'disappearance thesis'-is belied by the experiences of many Croatian Jews, who continue to derive meaning from Jewish community life, notwithstanding their lack of religious commitment and cultural hybridization. This informative study will be of interest to scholars of Jewish Studies, Anthropology, and History.

The Art Of Connectivity

Author : Melvin Markell McPhearson
ISBN : 9781463410643
Genre : Self-Help
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The Art of Connectivity – A Call to Unity Within a Diverse Society “The Art of Connectivity” is an attempt to unite the disconnected! If we are connected holistically and know what we have been called or created to do, then we may map out our lives and take the appropriate detours when obstacles are placed in our paths. If we are living with undefined directions and focus, we may become lost, unstable or unable to move ahead when a detour or obstacle is placed in our paths. Individually, we must see and embrace positive visions. We must avert negativity and recover holistically from obstacles in our paths and together we can/will make a difference. Connectivity is mapping your life backward and securing direction and re-direction throughout your life journeys. Connectivity is staying in your lane at times or crossing and eradicating negative and chaotic lines. Connectivity is helping others after you have helped yourself or found help from the hands of another. It is helping oneself and opening doors so others may be helped. An essential focus of this writing is connecting and evangelizing the local community through Christian educational methodologies to eradicate/minimize negativity and embrace unity. This enlightenment will be accomplished through active participation in the learning experiences that causes one to delve within the teachings of those who have lived and died so all people can live together in unity, while embracing theirs and other’s cultural values. The positive counteractions are primarily the responsibility of the individual to accept and implement, but it is also a shared responsibility. This shared responsibility must be conveyed and put into action by any positive or holistic means necessary to assist the self-negated to be connected and productive members of society. Just as so many pull together and work together during a major disaster for the good for all concerned, we must see the signs of destruction in others, and we must help rescue those who desire to be rescued. African-Americans and all ethnicities must delve into the educational process and search for biblical and secular educational truth. In finding truth, we will know without a doubt, who we are and whence we came according to not only stories and fables, which have been handed down from generation to generation but according to biblical and secular education as well. That which leads one to disconnect one’s self, one’s heritage and one’s faith practices manifests itself amidst a psychological enslavement of one’s mental factors. Negative behavior is associated with a negative self-identity. Every dark and chaotic circumstance needs a torch bearer to give light to their dark situations if they are to make it successful in life. We must move forward to unveil positive countermeasures to deter negative behaviors and actions. Western psychologists are concerned with how each of us differs from the other. The Ancients, on the other hand, looked at the “essence of sameness.” When we realize it is in our sameness, as children of God, we are given a royal positioning as joint heirs with Christ. We will love our Creator, ourselves, and others. M. M. McPhearson June 2011

African American Church Leadership

Author : Dr Paul Cannings, Dr
ISBN : 9780825442735
Genre : Religion
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How can African American church leaders maximize their leadership potential? What are current models for effective leadership in the African American Christian community? This book answers those questions and more with up-to-date research and current best practices regarding leadership principles and strategies. African American church communities and those who interact with and work with these communities will find this book particularly useful. ParkerBooks are written to equip and encourage African American ministry leaders.

The Business Of The Church

Author : John W. Wimberly,, Jr.
ISBN : 9781566996495
Genre : Religion
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Pastors are called to be not only leaders with vision, but also managers of congregational systems, says John Wimberly in The Business of the Church. Drawing on his thirty-six years in ordained ministry, Wimberly weaves the realities of congregational dynamics and faith-centered purpose together with practical, proven approaches to business management. A student and friend of Rabbi Edwin Friedman, Wimberly builds on Friedman's systems theory as he helps readers avoid common pitfalls and put into practice effective techniques of congregational management. The book begins with a foundational discussion of how a systems approach helps congregational managers identify areas of dysfunction and effective solutions. Managing the critical 'inputs' of people, facilities, and finances has a direct bearing on the desired 'outputs' of proclamation, pastoral care, and mission. A strategic plan, through which a congregation sets its goals and identifies and prioritizes resources, is an essential management tool for both pastors and lay leaders. The author's conversational writing style and many real-life examples make a seemingly complicated, mysterious topic for some an engaging and easily applicable read.


Author : Warren G. Bennis
ISBN : 9780061762505
Genre : Business & Economics
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In this illuminating study of corporate America's most critical issue—leadership—world-renowned leadership guru Warren Bennis and his co-author Burt Nanus reveal the four key principles every manager should know: Attention Through Vision, Meaning Through Communication, Trust Through Positioning, and The Deployment of Self. In this age of "process", with downsizing and restructuring affecting many workplaces, companies have fallen trap to lack of communication and distrust, and vision and leadership are needed more than ever before. The wisdom and insight in Leaders addresses this need. It is an indispensable source of guidance all readers will appreciate, whether they're running a small department or in charge of an entire corporation.

In The Path Of Virtue

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ISBN : UOM:39015043770968
Genre : Philosophy
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Examines the manifestation of cardinal virtues in African American moral traditions and the impact of that tradition upon the struggle against social injustices

Managing The Congregation

Author : Norman Shawchuck
ISBN : 0687230721
Genre : Religion
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This third volume on strategies for church leaders focuses on the relationships, structures, and processes common to the religious congregation. The emphasis is on transforming people through the identification and maximization of effective processes within.

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