The E-Myth Revisited, by Michael Gerber
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â€śIf you had to choose one book to help a person embarking on pastoral ministry, what would it be?â€ť We posed that question to some pastors and professors. Here are their choices. â€”Ed.
â€śThe church doesnâ€™t need to be run like a business,â€ť a mentor once told me, â€śbut it surely shouldnâ€™t be run like a bad business.â€ť Thatâ€™s why the book Iâ€™d recommend is a book about small business failure and success. Imagine a woman who loves baking cookies, or a teenager who plays a wicked blues guitar, or a gardener who has a knack for growing daisies. Encouraged by others, they decide to turn their passion into a career. Quickly they find out that a passion for baking, strumming, or growing daisies isnâ€™t the same as a skill for starting and growing a business. Without the latter, they wonâ€™t be able to enjoy the former.
Something similar happens to people with a sincere passion for preaching, counseling, leading worship, teaching, praying, or disciple making. Church leadership is about leadershipâ€”and that includes organizational and financial leadership. The E-Myth helped me when I was coping with a ministerâ€™s complex and sometimes competing demands. I think it will help other ministers, too.
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