Lawrence W. Corbett and Jerre L. Stead were interviewd on July 12th by Dayna Steele on the Art of Doing Business. You can here an excerpt from it at www.daynasteele.com.
Leadership Unbound is a fitting title for an important statement and story of leadership. Much is written about leadership and pastoral ministry, yet little is offered among the many leadership resources that is centered in shared wisdom and an honest telling of the journey. The weaving of the story of Lawrence W. Corbett’s call to provide pastoral leadership for a new church with the hard questions that demand answers sets the stage as a model for others. I find embedded in this book vital signposts for ministry that are rarely if ever discussed. How to begin? When to risk? Is quality important? What from the practical realities of marketing and business apply to the “lofty” ideal of the church and God’s call? What this book suggests is that leadership happens in moments and in the details that serve as a framework for vision and mission. People seek a safe place to ask questions, to struggle with decisions, to receive love and the gift of community. What I appreciate is the lack of assumptions about what people need and want and the courageous openness to creating safe space for the Spirit to work in genuine welcome all and any in the name of the gospel.
Susan L Kendall, PhD
Director, Doctor of Ministry Program
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Date: January 17, 2006 1:59:56 PM PST
How do you start a business?
How do you start a church?
Would you believe the answers to both questions are based on the same principles?
Lawrence W Corbett and Jerre L Stead, in "Leadership Unbound" from Five Star Books have written a masterful, insightful leadership book that will inspire you no matter if you’re a businessman, pastor, or parishoner. Being two out of three, it has given me insight and guidance I would not have imagined.
They take an 8 step approach to planning a business, and church planting. With examples from Larry’s successful church plant in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1990 and Jerre’s experience in the corporate world, it is easy to see how both tasks are similar. Church planting, however, is life based on faith, while the business world is profits based on faith. One drawback to utilizing a business plan to church plant is that the work of the Holy Spirit is ignored. God doesn’t work on a time frame, or budget. Businesses do, but by putting the core of a company first (people), and utilizing their skills and talents, the growth of any business can be phenomenal.
The 8 steps they discuss are:
1. The Pursuit of Illumination
2. Mission, Vallues and Processes
3. Who’s Planning, Who’s Performing, and Who’s Praying?
4. Putting Values and Relationships to Work.
5. Building Relationships, Networks and Momentum
6. Great Anticipation: Now that We’ve Built it, will they Come?
7. God is the The Detail, and So Are Great Leaders
8. Shining the Light To Create Clear Line of Sight.
Having read this book, and throughly enjoying and learning the lessons, I cannot explain the value of this book to any church. You have to experience the renewal, and clear principles they describe. Useful exercises accompany each chapter.
This book has many uses. Bible study, church growth, business development, personal growth and renewal groups can find this very beneficial. Take time to go through this one. If you don’t come out with less than an enthusiastic, well formed plan in mind, you were sleeping!
Pick this up from your local book store, or online from www.LeadershipUnbound.com or www.FiveStarPublications.com .
Posted July 17, 2005
Book Review: Leading tips serve all kinds of firms
What does launching a business have to do with starting a church? Authors Larry Corbett, a pastor, and Jerre Stead, a successful businessman and graduate of Harvard University’s Advanced Management program, agree that many similarities exist.
“Leadership Unbound” provides a model for leaders who want to begin a successful enterprise, whether in business or the church.
In a clear, easy-to-read style, the book “discusses the steps from vision to reality and how the role of the leader changes as the business or organization grows,” Corbett says in the first chapter.
At the end of most chapters are “planning questions,” which make the book a useful tool for leaders.
The pair offers some tips for coming to terms with the risk of failure on the way to a successful venture:
• By doing one’s homework, it reduces the risk considerably.
• By clear definition and vigilant communication of the vision.
• By understanding real and perceived needs of one’s community.
• By planning carefully; solid planning and hope for the future are so closely related.
Leadership Unbound: A Primer for Leaders and Entrepreneurs
Authors: Lawrence Corbett and Jerre Stead
Publisher: 5 Star Publications Inc.
ISBN: 1-58985-010-6, 200 pages, Trade paper, Price: $19.95
By Judy Waggoner
For Fox Valley Inc.
"Most people in the Corridor recognize Jerre Stead as a leader, but they might be surprised by the context of a new book featuring his advice on how to lead.
Leadership Unbound finds Mr. Stead joining Lawrence W. Corbett, minister of the Pinnacle Presbyterian church in Scottsdale, Ariz., to offer lessons about leadership. Though one is a leader in business and the other in the church, they have found plenty of common ground – and success – by following a similar set of principles.
Mr. Stead, a graduate of the University of Iowa and a Maquoketa native, has plenty of success stories to share. He spent 21 years at Honeywell before being named president and chief operating officer at Square D Company. That was followed by stints in the leadership of AT&T’s Global Business Communications Systems, Legent Corp. and Ingram Micro.
The two authors in 1997 when Mr. Stead and his wife, Mary Joy, moved to Scottsdale and joined Mr. Corbett’s church. The church, founded in 1990, grew from a modest congregation to one with more than 2,000 members.
Mr. Corbett details much of that growth and the strategy that led to it, in the book, and it reads like a business book with lots of entrepreneurial spirit. Much of the book, in fact, is written by Mr. Corbett. Mr. Stead offers frequent asides that then put those points and stories into more of a business context.
For example, as Mr. Corbett’s outlines the early days of his church and his efforts to get out in the community and let people know about it, Mr. Stead counters with the story of the founding of America Online. Steve Jobs, who founded that company (and who asked Mr. Stead at one point to serve as its CEO) countered his own introverted nature by hiring extroverts who could promote his company.
The book is split into eight chapters that deal with topics like “The Pursuit of Illumination,” “Putting Values and Relationships to Work” and “God is in the Details – and So Are Great Leaders.” Each chapter ends with planning questions that help people to identify aspects of their own plans that mirror or differ from those offered by the authors.
The result is a quick but insightful read from a homegrown talent who has shown that with the right focus, success is attainable."
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