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“Mad Church Disease”-Overcoming The Burnout Epidemic


“Mad Church Disease”-Overcoming The Burnout Epidemic

Innovative Ministry Leader just finished reading an advance copy of Anne Jackson’s new book “Mad Church Disease.” What an amazing resource for every Pastor, Worship Leader, Ministry Leader, Business Professional, etc. This is a book that focuses on organizing your life, to have a healthy balance with work, family, and personal time. 

Popular Communicator/Blogger, Anne Jackson (www.flowerdust.net) shares her personal story of how burnout has effected her personal life throughout the years. Anne focuses on the emotional, physical, relational and spiritual effects of the burnout epidemic.

Mad Church Disease does a complete job at identifying burnout, the risks, and how to recover. The book takes a serious look at the health factors and how serious this silent disease can be for you or your organization. The book concludes with the focus of how to process the pain of being hurt in the past, which almost everyone can relate to at some point in their life. Beyond reading Mad Church Disease, this is a great resource to have concurrent in your life and to share with your entire team. 

What we really admire about this book, is that Anne shares honesty and real stories of her past, that you will be able to relate with. At the end of each Chapter, there is a section called the “Exam Room,” which will allow you to self assess your own life. You will also find at the end of each Chapter a “Second Opinion” section that will express the views of some world class leaders such as Bill Hybels, Craig Groeschel, Perry Noble, and more. 

Innovative Ministry Leader strongly endorses this book and you will be able to pick up a copy in February of 2009. We will be doing some more focuses on Mad Church Disease  before the book is released so stay tuned.  You can also pre-order from Amazon by clicking here.

In the mean time you can check out three of Anne’s sites www.annejacksonwrotethis.com www.flowerdust.net and www.MadChurchDisease.com for more information.

Team IML

Mad Church Disease is published by Zondervan

Mad Church Disease is endorsed by Dr. Wayne Cordeiro, Craig Groeschel, Tim Stevens, Mark Batterson, Nancy Beech, Nancy Ortberg, Shauna Niequist, Matthew Paul Turner, and more

Craig Groeschel’s NEW BOOK “IT”












“IT” How Churches and Leaders Can Get “it” and Keep “it” by Craig Groeschel

From the moment we picked up this book we could not put it down. This is one of the strongest leadership books we have ever read. We recommend “It” for leadership teams, business organizations, volunteers, or anyone that has ever had a dream. 

Craig Groeschel has such a humble attitude as he shares how Lifechurch.tv began and the different struggles they have experienced a long the way. Craig starts out by saying he is not sure what “It” really is, but knows he has experienced it through the growth of his ministry and other ministries around him. 

“It,” is stated as being completely surrendered to Jesus with your ministry. It is more than beautiful buildings, popular programs, or the latest technology. An important point that Craig makes, is that “it” is not a model system, or result of programs. It can not be purchased, copied nor will everyone get it.

One of our favorite chapters goes into the importance of having a well defined Vision for your ministry or organization. Making sure that a vision is memorable (easy to state), portable (meaning people can take it with them and communicate it to others) and motivational (gets people excited). 

One of the biggest things we as an organization walked away from this book is the point Craig makes about keeping what we do simple and to the point. A lot of times Churches or Organizations will have hundreds of ministries, which most are not effective.  Craig shares that Lifechurch.tv currently has five key things that they do. They are five things that they believe God has called them to do well. He expresses the importance of, “Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should do it.”

We admire that Craig makes a strong emphasis on the need to fail to be successful. What? Did he just say fail! YES! Failure is not an option, it is a necessity to be successful. Craig shares much insight on how Lifechurch.tv has failed over the years, which has led to many of their successes. The book states that, “if your not failing, you’ve stop dreaming.” He goes on to explain that failure is a learning experience where you have to pick yourself back up, learn something and press forward. 

At the end of each Chapter, Craig presents questions to help define ideas, visions and other important aspects you should have for your ministry or organization. Throughout the book there are seven profiles of other Ministry Leaders and their churches with insight on how they began and achieved “IT” as well.

We just highlighted a few of the points that really stood out for us throughout this book. We are certain that after reading this book, you will walk away with so much. You will read ideas, on how to not only discover “It” but how to Enjoy “It” with others, do anything for “It,” want others to have “It,” share “It,” and how to keep “it.” 

This book is already on it second printing. You can purchase it directly at Amazon.com or Christianbooks.com.

Team IML
“It” is published by Zondervan

The point of this blog….

The point of this blog is to highlight some of the successful products that are used in growing ministries and churches around the country. None of these products or resources pay to be reviewed or advertise on this platform. If you are aware of any products that are innovative or cutting edge for reaching the lost, we want to hear about them. 

Our mission is to provide insight and information for leaders across the world increase their reach for the lost. We have many exciting training platforms coming in 2009, so stay tuned. In the mean time we will continue to review products and provide topically subjects for you to discuss.