December 2020 Resource

Flourishing in Ministry
Mission Possible: A Simple Structure for Missional Effectiveness


Kay Kotan and Blake Bradford


Market Square Publishing, Knoxville, TN

Book Review By:

Melvin Amerson

Premise of the book:
Adoption of simplified accountable governance models can lead congregations to become more effective and ministry focused.

What this book does:
Mission Possible is an excellent practical guide for congregations who want to transform their administrative governance body in order to become more efficient and devote more emphasis toward ministry. The authors draw from vast experiences working with United Methodist congregations, while proving step-by-step actions and procedures for introducing, adopting and implementing a simplified accountable governance model. (Included in the appendices: process/procedure information, templates, and sample meeting agendas.)


Chapter One Discerning the Shift
Chapter Two Making the Change
Chapter Three Accountable Leadership Must Come First
Chapter Four Structuring the Leadership
Chapter Five Choosing the Tea
Chapter Six Getting Started
Chapter Seven Adaptive Leadership: Changing the Conversation at the Table
Chapter Eight Board Meetings that Make Difference
Chapter Nine Communicating
Chapter Ten A Year in Leadership

Conclusion, Epilogue, and Appendices

What are some important insights:
The authors provide great insight and guidance throughout the resource. Governance responsibilities of the board are three-fold: fiduciary, generative, and strategic. Time, energy, and budget must align with the board’s focus (i.e. mission, vision, and goals/objectives). Reasons for accountable leadership with the board/council: (1) Marries responsibility and authority (2) Promotes church unity (3) Functions on a high level of trust (4) Decisions are made very quickly (5) Mission/Vision fulfillment is the driving force, not management (or maintenance) (6) Goals and objectives of ministries can be adjusted as needed.

Possibilities as a resource for churches:
Excellent resource for small and mid-sized congregations who want to lead and govern effectively, using an accountable leadership model that promotes a missional focus.

Melvin Amerson

Rev. Melvin Amerson is a member of the Texas Annual Conference and serves as a Resource Specialist/Area Representative at TMF. His experience and passion lie in encouraging and developing generous, faithful leaders and congregations.

Melvin is the author of Celebrating the Offering, Fruit for Celebrating the Offering and Stewardship in African American Churches: A New Paradigm, as well as several articles covering topics from generosity, leadership and visioning. Currently, he serves as a board member of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center and is a nationally-recognized generosity consultant known for his engaging presentations.

Melvin obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, a Master of Divinity degree concentrating in Christian education from Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, an Executive Leadership certificate from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and a certificate in Professional Fundraising from Boston University.