Book Review: 7 Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley

I volunteer as a small group leader for Proverbs 31 Ministries and this book was recommended to us as an insightful read. How right they were! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started the book as it kicks off with an allegory based in baseball. The story is a powerful one though, even for those of us who don’t know baseball. 
I read with the ministry in mind but also from a personal and business stand point. I’m not a creat mon-fiction reader but this was a page turner! A number of these principles will be useful in my work environment and I look forward to giving them a whirl. 

A couple of key phrases and thoughts that resonated with me:

“You don’t know what a win is…you need to know when you are getting ahead and your people need to know when to cheer”

“You need to decide where a win happens best… You’ll frustrate people more by giving them a clear vision without a strategy for achieving it”

“Fail to give a strong leader clear direction, you give that person permission to go in whatever direction seems right.”

“Sum up the win in a simple phrase…what do we want people to walk away and do?”

I highly recommend this book whether or not you are involved in leading ministry.


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