Second chair leaders play a critical role in churches across the world. They serve in paid and unpaid capacities, and include laity, ordained clergy, bivocational, licensed local pastors and others who lead significant ministries, but who are not the lead or senior pastor.
Mike Bonem, author of Leading from the Second Chair, takes that important work to the next level, with Thriving in the Second Chair. Here, Bonem points readers beyond their external circumstances to the ways they can act and think differently. He highlights ten key factors that will help second chair leaders do more than just survive. These deep “springs” will enable them to thrive, so that their lives and ministries are fulfilling, vital, and sustainable.
The first three springs relate to the single most important professional relationship for any second chair leader – their relationship with the first chair. The next four look at some of the most common and essential aspects of the second chair’s job. The final three springs are arguably the deepest and most important. They enable second chairs to thrive even if they’re struggling with the first seven. These three springs offer help for staying spiritually anchored, overcoming loneliness, and becoming re-energized.
“ . . . is an urgently needed resource. The discussion questions alone
could be game-changers for the healthy success of first- and
—Sue Nilson Kibbey, Director of Missional Church Initiatives, West Ohio Conference (UMC); author of Flood Gates: Holy Momentum for a Fearless Church
“ . . . is practical and relevant, a thoughtfully crafted map to ten
springs that keep a second chair leader refreshed and thriving.”
—Tami Heim, President and CEO, Christian Leadership Alliance
“ . . . lays the groundwork for a personally fulfilling and
professionally sustainable life in ministry. Mike’s advice is an
encouragement to those of us leading a ministry beyond our control.”
—Dan Entwistle, Managing Executive Director, The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS
—Dan Reiland, Executive Pastor/Chief of Staff, 12Stone Church, Lawrenceville, GA
“ . . . offers key practices that enable leaders to flourish spiritually, professionally, and personally.”
—Robert Creech, Professor of Pastoral Leadership, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, Waco, TX
—C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of the Diocese of Texas (Episcopal); author of A Generous Community: Being the Church in a New Missionary Age