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Pastor Unique

Becoming a Turnaround Leader

by Lavern E. Brown, Gordon E. Penfold & Gary J. Westra



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/27/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 352
ISBN : 9781512748000
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 352
ISBN : 9781512748017

About the Book


Each year thousands of books are written, published, and distributed. Few are really significant works. Pastor Unique is, in my view, a significant book.

• Gary L. McIntosh, D.Min., Ph.D.

Talbot Seminary, Biola University

Helping pastors understand themselves and their role is crucial and fundamental. So is training them in the tactics and strategies of change. Furthermore, they must learn how their personalities help or hinder leading change. I believe the process described in this book is targeted more specifically than any other I know to provide this training


• Paul Borden. Ph.D.

Director, Church Health Initiative

I am grateful to the authors for including The Birkman Method® in their work with pastors. My father, Roger Birkman, was passionate about helping people of faith gain a clearer, more accurate understanding of self and others. The authentic kind of leadership development recommended in this book will profoundly impact pastors and the people they lead. We are proud that Birkman can play a role in the important initiative represented in Pastor Unique.

• Sharon Birkman Fink, CEO

Birkman International, Inc.

Are you still searching for that killer church health conference, that “rock star pastor” to imitate, or the perfect formula that will tell you how lead your church to effective service in Jesus’ mission? Pastors who chase dreams of high powered ministry by looking for answers outside of themselves are inevitably discouraged when they learn that what works for others won’t work for them.

If that’s your story, Pastor Unique is what you’ve been looking for. Inside you will learn how to use all the tools the Head of the Church has already given you – your identity, your personality, and your life experience – to become a turnaround leader in your church.

About the Author

Lavern (Bud) Brown, D.Min., has served as an intentional interim pastor in four turnaround churches. He has served in a wide variety of ministry contexts including rural communities, mid-sized cities and large suburban centers. His experience in small, medium and megachurches affords him a broad understanding of the unique challenges faced by churches of various sizes. His work has been published in academic journals, Christian magazines, books and popular websites.

Gordon E. Penfold, D.Min pastored four turnaround churches along with two intentional interims. He has trained pastors across the US and Ukraine, Russia and Armenia. His dissertation, “Characteristics of Turnaround Pastors among Evangelical Churches in the Rocky Mountain States,” led to publishing of Re:Vision—The Key to Transforming Your Church (Baker Books), co-authored with Dr. Aubrey Malphurs.

Gary Westra, D.Min., has served as lead pastor in several turnarounds. He has been in ministry over 35 years in churches under 100 to over 1000. He is a Certified Consultant in The Birkman Method, coaches churches and pastors, and works as a hospice chaplain.