Humble and Strong

Mutually Accountable Leadership in the Church

Gerald W. Keucher

Oct/2010, 126 Pages, Paperback, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780819224088



To be effective, leadership must be humble and strong. The leadership we often see in churches and not-for-profits, as well as in corporations, can be neither. The purpose of this book is to analyze these assertions, then to discuss how those who are preparing to be leaders and those who wish to be more effective leaders can recognize and avoid the pitfalls that lead to weak and arrogant leadership by adopting certain habits of life.

Gerald W. Keucher is an Episcopal priest, retired chief operating officer of the Diocese of New York, and author of Remember the Future: Financial Leadership and Asset Management for Congregations. He lives in Staten Island, New York.

“A practical, topic-by-topic study of both the spirit and work of church leadership. What makes this book different is its straightforward, unsentimental, and carefully reasoned approach to ministry. Keucher manages to approach deeply spiritual issues in a thoroughly practical way, and explores practical matters without failing to note their spiritual dimension. Overall, this book instructs and gently disciplines the leader in the best tradition of church service while remaining strikingly contemporary in attitude and style.”—The Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall, Bishop of Bethlehem

“Plain speaking about important truths. Powerfully authentic."—The Rev. Canon William F. Geisler, co-editor, The Annual Tax Guide for Episcopal Ministers

Humble and Strong is the kind of book that I would have found so vital at the beginning of my ordained ministry forty years ago. It is rich with sound, practical advice that has too often been left unsaid. This is a must read for all who are beginning their ordained ministry and for those who mentor them.”—The Rt. Rev. Rodney R. Michel, Assisting Bishop, Diocese of Pennsylvania

“Practical and wise. Reading this book is like sitting down with a seasoned mentor and talking about what the church is really like and what it could become. Father Keucher reminds us that there are dragons that must be slain on the way to becoming effective leaders.”—The Rev. Kenneth H. Brannon, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Sun Valley, Idaho

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