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Christian leaders are falling all around us. Most of us have felt the pain, the betrayal, and the disappointment. From money mismanagement to moral misgivings, even the most devout leaders can succumb to deviations from the path. Whether a big-time pastor or a Christian leader closer to home, a fall leaves communities devastated and trust shattered. Almost always, blame lies Christian leaders are falling all around us. Most of us have felt the pain, the betrayal, and the disappointment. From money mismanagement to moral misgivings, even the most devout leaders can succumb to deviations from the path. Whether a big-time pastor or a Christian leader closer to home, a fall leaves communities devastated and trust shattered. Almost always, blame lies at the feet of the fallen leader. But how often do those surrounding servant leadership see the signs and refuse to act when something’s amiss—then feign surprise in the aftermath? It’s time to be proactive. Get the insightful approach to maintaining your organization’s leadership from a foremost nonprofit consultant. With this comprehensive and candid guide, learn to acknowledge the humanness in leadership and Courageously Ask the difficult questions to strengthen your leaders before they lose their footing on the bridge of ministry. You’ll discover: • Everyone plays a role: leader, accountability structure, and community. • Common struggles of leaders, especially executives, that can quickly change into stumbling blocks and temptations. • How a board of directors can build an accountability, management, and support structure for your executive centered on relationship, trust, and compassion. • A Christ-centered battle plan to help a leader conquer their personal war beyond church and nonprofit leadership pressure. • Ten post-fall principles to protect the organization while encouraging reconciliation and restoration of the fallen leader. Leaders are imperfect human beings capable of failure, but also worth redemption. With the right perspective, an approach can be built to withstand the toughest of trials. Whether you are the leader or are looking to preserve your leader, it’s time to perform The Courageous Ask.


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Christian leaders are falling all around us. Most of us have felt the pain, the betrayal, and the disappointment. From money mismanagement to moral misgivings, even the most devout leaders can succumb to deviations from the path. Whether a big-time pastor or a Christian leader closer to home, a fall leaves communities devastated and trust shattered. Almost always, blame lies Christian leaders are falling all around us. Most of us have felt the pain, the betrayal, and the disappointment. From money mismanagement to moral misgivings, even the most devout leaders can succumb to deviations from the path. Whether a big-time pastor or a Christian leader closer to home, a fall leaves communities devastated and trust shattered. Almost always, blame lies at the feet of the fallen leader. But how often do those surrounding servant leadership see the signs and refuse to act when something’s amiss—then feign surprise in the aftermath? It’s time to be proactive. Get the insightful approach to maintaining your organization’s leadership from a foremost nonprofit consultant. With this comprehensive and candid guide, learn to acknowledge the humanness in leadership and Courageously Ask the difficult questions to strengthen your leaders before they lose their footing on the bridge of ministry. You’ll discover: • Everyone plays a role: leader, accountability structure, and community. • Common struggles of leaders, especially executives, that can quickly change into stumbling blocks and temptations. • How a board of directors can build an accountability, management, and support structure for your executive centered on relationship, trust, and compassion. • A Christ-centered battle plan to help a leader conquer their personal war beyond church and nonprofit leadership pressure. • Ten post-fall principles to protect the organization while encouraging reconciliation and restoration of the fallen leader. Leaders are imperfect human beings capable of failure, but also worth redemption. With the right perspective, an approach can be built to withstand the toughest of trials. Whether you are the leader or are looking to preserve your leader, it’s time to perform The Courageous Ask.

34 review for The Courageous Ask: A Proactive Approach to Prevent the Fall of Christian Nonprofit Leaders

  1. 5 out of 5

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    “The Courageous Ask: A Proactive Approach to Prevent the Fall of Christian Nonprofit Leaders” is a powerfully inspiring book focusing on Christian leadership, told from one of the former “fallen.” If this were a self-help or motivational book dishing out advice on how to maintain integrity in non-profit leadership, readers would gloss over it, agree with it, and move on. But this book goes a step further, in that the author personally experienced a fall from grace and lived to tell the story so “The Courageous Ask: A Proactive Approach to Prevent the Fall of Christian Nonprofit Leaders” is a powerfully inspiring book focusing on Christian leadership, told from one of the former “fallen.” If this were a self-help or motivational book dishing out advice on how to maintain integrity in non-profit leadership, readers would gloss over it, agree with it, and move on. But this book goes a step further, in that the author personally experienced a fall from grace and lived to tell the story so that other leaders may benefit, ask the right questions, and avoid the pitfalls. He doesn’t sugarcoat his mistakes, and this is the main reason I like what he has to say. Leaders are human, too; if they aren’t careful, they can fall sway to temptation and impulsive decisions. Is it possible for fallen leaders to pick themselves back up and begin again? This is the main question, but there are others. Do disgraced leaders deserve a second chance? How can they repair the damage they’ve done and restore their reputation? This award-winning author speaks the truth (and sometimes that can hurt), but in the end, restoration can come under the right circumstances. Kreeger explores all angles of the issue, from leadership on a national scale to smaller, community-based levels. But the main takeaway strategy is to be proactive, and the author goes into detail about how you can prevent a fall from happening. It involves seeing the signs and doing something about it immediately—not waiting until it’s too late. I love the buzzwords in this book and I think you will, too, when it comes to non-profit leadership: accountability, community, integrity, strength, truth, honor, humility. As well as other key factors involved in Christ-centered leadership: love, compassion, relationships. If restoration is your goal, there are principles in this book to help guide you toward that goal—so…yes, this book is about second chances. You may not hear the terms “faith,” “prayer,” and “forgiveness” associated with leadership, even in Christian organizations, but this book shows that those are things that need to be addressed when it comes to leaders, fallen leaders, or restoring leaders. It takes a lot of courage to own up to mistakes, yet this author has done just that. “The Courageous Ask” is a book any Christian or Christian leader can benefit from.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    I really liked certain themes and lessons of this book. The author showed great vulnerability and emphasized the importance of taking responsibility as the leader while acknowledging the role of the leader’s support system. The chapters referencing the importance of the board and their responsibility was especially thought provoking and applicable to many non-profit boards I’ve seen. Additionally, there were some good references to psychological principles and the contrast between actions and th I really liked certain themes and lessons of this book. The author showed great vulnerability and emphasized the importance of taking responsibility as the leader while acknowledging the role of the leader’s support system. The chapters referencing the importance of the board and their responsibility was especially thought provoking and applicable to many non-profit boards I’ve seen. Additionally, there were some good references to psychological principles and the contrast between actions and the motivation behind them. However, while the author did mention the importance of grace, certain points still came across as pretty judgmental, particularly in the beginning. The tone was also occasionally defensive and sounded like the author was, though he said he accepted responsibility, trying to justify some of his choices by explaining extenuating circumstances. Furthermore, the book didn’t read that well. There was some repetition, but my main complaint was the lack of conciseness in the writing. The entire book was extremely long winded and could’ve been much more interesting if written in fewer pages. Overall, this was a book that made some useful points about the humanity of leaders. While the tone and writing could’ve been improved, non-profit leaders might still gather some wisdom from the book about handling their role. *I received an ARC of this book. This is my complete and honest review.*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    I received a complimentary copy. Geared for leaders this book also gives a great map of helpful information. Definitely a good resource to help build and understand faith based nonprofit duties of a leader.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Interesting read

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Packard

    Brian I'm grateful that you're doing what we all should- allowing God to do great things with the junk in our lives. We all are skilled or less familiar with many things. I’m familiar with judging myself and walking away from sin and leading by example; I’m not familiar with founding and/or leading an organization with a board. This book really opened my eyes to that challenge and how integrity and courage can be tested at every level in that role. Billy Graham said- When a brave man takes a stan Brian I'm grateful that you're doing what we all should- allowing God to do great things with the junk in our lives. We all are skilled or less familiar with many things. I’m familiar with judging myself and walking away from sin and leading by example; I’m not familiar with founding and/or leading an organization with a board. This book really opened my eyes to that challenge and how integrity and courage can be tested at every level in that role. Billy Graham said- When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. In the life of a leader who could fall – which is every leader – the opportunities for the leader himself and a board and a community to ask courageous questions that could keep a leader from falling are incredibly important and must be acted upon. Executive leaders, board directors, board members and those in relationship with the leader can all make a difference. Brian in this book has scaled the treacherous mountain of taking responsibility for his fall and shares the view he has now that is powerfully instructive as he has lived all facets of the fall. He has served on a number of boards and gives great insight to that experience. I’ve been on a couple boards and not come anywhere close to the mark he sets for board performance and I will do it entirely different if blessed with that position again. Having read this book I will be recommend it to leaders, boards and their organizations and encouraging them to share it with others as well. The Courageous Ask is a must read to be a part of preventing leaders from falling - a book in a lane of it's own.

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