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  1. The Power of Listening: Building Skills for Mission and Ministry
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  2. The Power of Listening: Building Skills for Mission and Ministry

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Listening skills are essential for all forms of congregational ministry. This book is based on interviews with congregational leaders, both lay and ordained, about listening for the purpose of carrying out faithful, effective congregational ministry and mission. To minister effectively we must listen effectively to each other and our neighbors.

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Lynne M. Baab
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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According to research, most of us are poor listeners. Baab believes this sharply limits our effectiveness in carrying out the ministry and mission God has given us in the Church and in the world. Fortunately, she also believes listening skills can be taught and learned. In "The Power of Listening" she attempts to give leaders and educators the vision and tools to equip people to listen better and also to build a culture that affirms the value of listening.
Following the pattern in many of her other books, Baab draws heavily on interviews (63 of them for this book), anecdotes, and personal illustrations to explain and discuss principles, concepts, and skills that pertain to listening. This approach has the great advantage of keeping her books rooted in real life. This is not a book on the theory of listening but a collection of practical insights and tools to help each of us become better listeners. As I read the book, I found myself again and again saying, “I wonder... Read more
I’m grateful that Lynne Baab so faithfully follows the call she’s been given. Every year or two she writes a new book that is exactly what Christians and the church need to read, steadfastly and practically writing about spiritual disciplines that help us live more and more attuned to God’s grace. Her books on Sabbath-keeping and friendship have been especially helpful in seminary classes I’ve taught, and now she has written "The Power of Listening: Building Skills for Mission and Ministry," about this foundational practice for devotion and discipleship.
In all Dr. Baab’s books she draws on Scripture, theology, communications theory, and in-depth interviews with Christians. That mix gives vitality to her work, bringing ancient wisdom into conversation with the daily lives of people today. In this book about listening, we see how essential listening is to our relationship with God, how Jesus teaches us to listen, and the ways people around the... Read more
“We could all learn a lot about listening from my friend, author Lynne Baab. While it seems simple (close mouth, open ears) there are actually specific skills that can help transform us into people who help build the kingdom because we heard what God and others were saying. I have come to expect wisdom from the author of “Sabbath Keeping” and “Fasting,” so I was especially grateful that “The Power of Listening” included a section on how to listen to God through spiritual practices. And the “Toolbox” chapter, which gives practical application and explanation of listening styles and opportunities, is simply invaluable for any of us in ministry, or in life for that matter. So listen to me: ‘Read this book and share it with your church leaders!’ You’ll be glad you did.”
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