Normally I share a freebie on Fridays, but the freebie I want to share is only free until midnight tonight! That means if your reading this blog about this free ebook, you need to grab it asap before it goes up to $4.99 tomorrow! The FREE ebook I want to share with you is called Redeeming Leadership: Shoulder Pads by Mark Riddle. I had the opportunity to meet Mark personally a few weeks ago at the Simply Youth Ministry Conference. I have not dived into this book just yet, but plan to in the coming months. From what I am hearing it’s an excellent leadership book that those in church leadership. One review of the book said, “This book should be required reading for church staff and lay leaders alike.” Here is a short review of the book by Tim Schmoyer:
Most church leaders deal with the issue of congregation members who expect the paid staff to serve them, provide services, and direct programs. For the most part, the congregation members are involved, but they’re serving the youth pastor in his ministry or the children’s director in her ministry rather than taking responsibility for THEIR ministry. Things like this happen because somewhere along the line the team player removed his or her shoulder pads and placed them on the paid staff member. Unfortunately, the staff member accepts them because “this is what I get paid to do” and before long, it’s a church of people with unrealistic expectations who also share no ownership in the outcomes.
Mark’s little book addresses issues like this and more as he talks about how we can discover our role in misplacing responsibility because church staff members do it, too. He also addresses how we can begin to give back misplaced responsibility that’s been delegated to us.
I hope these thoughts have wet your appetite to read this ebook. Below is the link to download the book for FREE from Amazon as a Kindle edition. If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t worry! You can click here to download a Kindle reading app (for FREE) that allows you to read Kindle edition books on your computer or tablet.