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Accountable leadership : a resource guide for sustaining legal, financial, and ethical integrity in today's congregations
Chaffee, Paul, 1945-
Personal Author:
First edition, revised and expanded.
Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass Publishers, [1997]

Physical Description:
xvii, 238 pages ; 24 cm.
Part 1. Becoming an accountable leader -- Courage and the responsibilities of leadership -- What the law requires -- The role of the governing board -- Part 2. Accountability, administration, and the shared life of the congregation -- Developing life-support systems for the corporate body -- Responsible financial management -- Employment practices that safeguard communal values -- Contracting with service providers from inside and outside the congregation -- Part 3. Tending to invisible wounds within the congregation -- Zero tolerance for abusive behavior -- Preventing clergy misconduct -- Healing the wounded congregation -- Afterword: what do we need to begin?
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With reports of financial impropriety and clergy misconduct making headlines, accountable leadership and sound management practices have become priority concerns in congregations of every faith. Accountable Leadership speaks to congregation leaders, both clergy and laity, and to individuals who love the worshiping community and seek the tools that can enable everyone in it to better care for one another.

This is a practical compAndium of resources for creating and managing a sound, effective, and fair congregation. This new edition has been extensively revised and updated to include contemporary topics such as disturbing trAnds in reduced giving, new church-state issues, clergy misconduct and troublesome members, and legal issues associated with the congregation's role as employer and provider of pastoral counseling.

Author Notes

PAUL CHAFFEE, a minister in the United Church of Christ, is executive director of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco, California.

Table of Contents

1 Becoming an Accountable Leader
1 Courage and the Responsibilities of Leadership
2 What the Law Requires
3 The Role of the Governing Board
2 Accountability, Administration, and the Shared Life of the Congregation
4 Developing Life-Support Systems for the Corporate Body
5 Responsible Financial Management
6 Employment Practices That Safeguard Communal Values
7 Contracting with Service Providers from Inside and Outside the Congregation
3 TAnding to Invisible Wounds Within the Congregation
8 Zero Tolerance for Abusive Behavior
9 Preventing Clergy Misconduct
10 Healing the Wounded Congregation