If you sense that your church's best days are ahead, use this book's guidelines for deciding where and what kind of change to implement. Then tackle Mellado, Appel, and Nelson's strategy for wise planning and team building so your goals will find rich fulfillment.
The authors authoritatively cover the elements of initiating change in a church body, addressing such topics as:
- Examining what motivates you
- Getting below the skin of improvement
- Honoring past traditions while developing new ones
- Understanding the emotional side of change
- Identifying opinion leaders in your church
- Determining where you want to go as a body
- Creating a transition plan
- Sailing the "leader ship"
- Making conflict work for you
- Enjoying the benefits of improved ministry
Though many American churches are fading in number and effectiveness, yours can stay on course. Take advantage of others' experience: How to Change Your Church (Without Killing It) contains many success and crash-and-burn stories, as well as pointed lessons about how to guide your church through innovation with the least pain possible.
Embark on the journey through church change with these able guides and make your local church body irresistible to believers and seekers alike.
|Contributor(s)||Jim Mellado, Alan Nelson, Gene Appel|
|About the Contributor(s)|| Jim Mellado
Jim Mellado is president of the Willow Creek association, which now has a membership of more that 3,700 congregations. A former Olympic athlete with a Harvard MBA, Mellado is an in-demand church network and organizational expert whose insight has helped the Willow Creek Association become a leading model in the 21st Century ministry. He and his wife, Leanne, reside in South Barrington, Illinois.
Alan Nelson, Ed.D. is the founding/lead pastor of Scottsdale Family Church and leadingideas.org. He is the author of a dozen books and columnist for Rev. and The ChurchReport magazines, as well as serving as a church change trainer/consultant.
Gene Appel is senior pastor of Central Christian Church in Las Vegas. During his 13 years of leadership, the Central Christian Church membership has grown from 450 to more than 4,000 members, making it one of the fastest growing church in America. He is a frequent confernece speaker sho addresses the issues of transition and change in churches. He and his wife, Barbara, reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.
|Release Date||Aug 19, 2008|