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Inside the Church by Dr. David F. Felsburg, Ph.D.

Inside the Church

Understanding How Ministries Work Separately and Together

by Dr. David F. Felsburg, Ph.D.

Pages: 364

Dimensions: 6 x 9

  • RELIGION - Christian Church - Leadership
  • RELIGION - Christian Ministry - Pastoral Resources
  • RELIGION - Christian Church - Growth

Type : Paperback

ISBN : 9781498440462

Price : $19.49

Type : Dust Jacket

ISBN : 9781545630846

Price : $35.49

Inside the
Church takes an in-depth look at the characteristics, impact and interactions
of the diverse components of today's Christian church and how they combine to
accomplish the overall mission of the church. To accomplish this task, Inside
the Church documents ten frequently-occurring ministries for three levels of
systems analysis to understand the individual ministry, examine its stand-alone
system functionality and how it works within the complex system of church
systems. Each level of analysis reveals unique information on the selected
ministry from views seldom seen in non-technical literature.
The ten
ministries are Outreach, Evangelism, Preaching, Teaching, Ordinances,
Discipleship, Inreach, Music, Serving and Leading. The analytical tools are the
six-level taxonomy, the systems view and the system of systems view. The
taxonomy is used to investigate the ministry’s name, list its functions,
describe its tasks, deconstruct the ministry into its contributions, evaluate
the value of those contributions and reconstruct the tasks for peak efficiency
and operation. The system level view looks at the required inputs, processes,
outputs and output feedback to see how the ministry can work as a separate
entity. The system of systems view observes the ministry as it functions within
the complex of all ten ministries performing together.
It is at these
levels of component and inter-component relational interaction that church
leaders can assign and reassign resources to the right areas of concern to
maximize ministerial effectiveness, minimize participant frustration, and
maintain staff and volunteer morale. Further, this level of systemic
understanding facilitates planning from strategic, tactical and operational
levels. From the strategic level to formulate goals, set objectives and assign
responsibilities; from the tactical level to develop plans, assign resources,
and set and measure performance expectations; and from the operational level to
execute plans, engage resources, and evaluate performance effectiveness and

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