This week’s book of the week is The Interventionist written by Lyle E. Schaller.
Top 5 Ideas:
- Schaller stated that “this has become the central theme of this book, the most effective way to influence both individual and institutional behavior is to ask questions” (15).
- Speaking concerning the necessity for a minister to be well-presented, Schaller stated that “the pulpit no longer automatically conveys either credibility or relevance” (55).
- “In larger congregations, and especially in rapidly growing churches, a conflict may exist between those who want to perpetuate lay control and the natural tendency for the staff to acquire more and more power” (89).
- “Eventually, however, the growth requires a change in that pastor’s approach to ministry. When the pastor is unable to make those changes, the growth curve flattens out into a plateau” (113).
- In the attempt to unify a congregation, Schaller stated, “To be helpful, the interventionist has to push to persuade people to focus in on what is their top priority” (129).