Churches say No in a
thousand ways to new ideas, ministry initiatives, and creative people.
Churches struggle with committees that are no longer conducive to their
mission while pastors and laity have become conditioned to view anything
new with suspicion and resistance. Churches operate with a pervasive
culture of No.
Just Say Yes!
Unleashing People for Ministry is written for people whose passion has
been simmering for years, who yearn to be told Yes ! It’s for those
whose energy and ideas have been tamped down by systems and attitudes
that restrain ministry and who have felt frustrated by attempts to start
programs, reach new people, or experiment with alternative worship
services, only to be told No.
examines the systems and attitudes that restrain and control ministry.
He demonstrates practical ways church leaders can rethink fundamental
assumptions about organizations and leadership. Real-church examples
show how every church can unleash its people for ministry—encouraging,
emboldening, and equipping them.
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
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
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
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