Give permission and see what happens.
Do you say “no” too often? Yes. Pastors, laity, staff...we’re all guilty of squelching and constraining creative people who want to use the gifts God has given them to serve and lead even if we don’t mean to. Bishop Robert Schnase helps pastors and other leaders examine the systems, attitudes, and dynamics that restrain, control, and diminish ministry, providing insights and practical help for those who want to be more open to innovation and experimentation for the purposes of Christ. Just Say Yes! and see what happens.
“Significant turnaround could happen in churches everywhere if each congregation worked through this book, chapter by chapter.”
—Sue Nilson Kibbey, Director of the Missional Church Consultation Initiative, West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church
“Just Say Yes! is a valuable resource for laity and leaders who want to make a real difference in their mission field. I’m making it required reading in every church I coach and work with.”
—Ken Willard, Certified Consultant and Coach, Leadership 4 Transformation; author, Time Management for the Christian Leader from Abingdon Press
“The energy of the Holy Spirit jumps off every page and right into your heart and mind in a way that could make all things new.”
—Patricia Farris, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Santa Monica, CA
“If we take this book seriously we will see people unleashed for ministry in the world. In the process we may just rediscover why our churches exist in the first place.”
—Clay Oliphint, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Richardson, TX
“Schnase examines how churches say No, then provides an inspiring and practical look at how they can say Yes. We need this book!”
—Steve Harper, Professor of Spiritual Formation (retired); author, Five Marks of a Methodist from Abingdon Press
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