Leading Congregational Change, Workbook: A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey


A Leadership Network Publication

With this much-needed handbook, the authors brilliantly combine their experience guiding dozens of churches through the change process with both the study of Christian disciplines and the sophisticated understanding of such important business thinkers as John Kotter on leading change and Peter Senge on learning organizations. In this eminently readable book the authors have distilled their insights and practices into simple but powerful concepts ...

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A Leadership Network Publication

With this much-needed handbook, the authors brilliantly combine their experience guiding dozens of churches through the change process with both the study of Christian disciplines and the sophisticated understanding of such important business thinkers as John Kotter on leading change and Peter Senge on learning organizations. In this eminently readable book the authors have distilled their insights and practices into simple but powerful concepts for leading congregations, whether long established or recently formed, through profound change.

Leaders using this guide will also be interested in the companion Leading Congregational Change Workbook, which offers assessment questions, planning worksheets, activities, and case examples for each stage of the process.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787948856
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/10/2000
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series , #10
  • Edition description: Workbook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 913,035
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

JIM HERRINGTON is executive director of Mission Houston, an interdenominational, multicultural pastoral effort to transform the city of Houston. MIKE BONEM is president and cofounder of Kingdom Transformation Partners, a church consulting and training firm based in Houston. JAMES H. FURR is senior church consultant with Union Baptist Association and adjunct professor of sociology at Houston Baptist University.

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Spiritual and Relational Vitality
The Driving Force of Transformational Change

Spiritual and relational vitality is the life-giving power that faithful people experience together as they passionately pursue God's vision for their lives. All of us long to experience the power of spiritual and relational vitality in our lives and our congregations. In fact, this vitality provides the energy for congregational transformation. Unfortunately, many have given up hope of living with this spirit.

Suggested Actions to Foster Change

ACTIVITY 1-A Bible Study and Reflection

Objective To discern how our personal and congregational practices align with biblical descriptions of the early church. Process Reflect on the story of the early church, as recorded in Acts, and on your experience with God's transforming power.

ACTIVITY 1-B Assessment of Spiritual and Relational Vitality

Objective To determine the congregation's overall vitality and its readiness to move forward in the transformation process.

Process Consider the following questions:

Note: Additional assessment activities in Chapter Seven can provide further insight into a congregation's spiritual and relational vitality.

Additional Suggestions to Build Spiritual and Relational Vitality

The Holy Spirit is the source of spiritual and relational vitality, and congregations cannot control how or when the Spirit moves. The church, however, needs to be prepared to respond and should seek ways to foster vitality. The following activities can create an environment in which vitality can develop:

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Table of Contents

About This Workbook xi
Part 1 Vitality and Leadership Disciplines 1
1 Spiritual and Relational Vitality: The Driving Force of Transformational Change 3
Activity 1-A Bible Study and Reflection 5
Activity 1-B Assessment of Spiritual and Relational Vitality 6
Additional Suggestions to Build Spiritual and Relational Vitality 6
2 Discipline One: Generating and Sustaining Creative Tension 8
Activity 2-A Assessing Personal Tendencies in Dealing with Tension 9
Activity 2-B Setting Meaningful Goals 9
Activity 2-C Leader's Capacity to Sustain Creative Tension 10
Activity 2-D Congregational Response to Creative Tension 11
3 Discipline Two: Harnessing the Power of Mental Models 12
Activity 3-A Images of the Church 13
Activity 3-B Recognizing Mental Models That Affect Our Congregation 14
Activity 3-C Ladder of Inference 15
4 Discipline Three: Enabling Team Learning 16
Activity 4-A Assessing Your Attitude Toward Teams 18
Activity 4-B Empathic Listening 18
Activity 4-C Distinguishing Between Dialogue and Discussion 19
Activity 4-D Determining Where Teams Are Needed 19
5 Discipline Four: Practicing Systems Thinking 21
Activity 5-A Congregational Self-Assessment 22
Activity 5-B Congregational Systems Analysis 23
Activity 5-C High-Leverage Intervention 23
Part 2 The Eight-Stage Change Process 27
6 Stage 1: Making Personal Preparation 29
Bible Study Suggestions 29
Activity 6-A Self-Assessment--Personal Issues 30
Activity 6-B Self-Assessment--Leadership Style 31
Activity 6-C Accountability Partnership 32
Activity 6-D Personal Mission Statement 32
7 Stage 2: Creating Urgency 34
Bible Study Suggestions 35
Activity 7-A Raising Congregational Awareness and Sense of Urgency 35
Activity 7-B Understanding God's Ideal 36
Activity 7-C Assessment of Current Reality 36
8 Stage 3: Establishing the Vision Community 38
Bible Study Suggestions 39
Activity 8-A Enlisting the Vision Community 39
Activity 8-B Community-Building Exercise 40
Activity 8-C Training for New Vision Community Members 42
Activity 8-D Style Preferences of Vision Community Members 42
9 Stage 4: Discerning the Vision and Determining the Visionpath 44
Bible Study Suggestions 45
Activity 9-A Group Exercise for Discerning God's Vision for the Congregation 46
Activity 9-B Drafting a Vision Statement 47
Activity 9-C Vision Statement Feedback and Revisions 48
Activity 9-D Congregational Approval 48
10 Stage 5: Communicating the Vision 50
Bible Study Suggestion 51
Activity 10-A Communication Planning 51
Activity 10-B Small Group Meetings 53
Activity 10-C Communication Evaluation 54
11 Stage 6: Empowering Change Leaders 55
Bible Study Suggestions 56
Activity 11-A Leadership Assessment 56
Activity 11-B Leadership Development 57
Activity 11-C Organizational Assessment 58
Activity 11-D Measurement Systems 58
12 Stage 7: Implementing the Vision 61
Bible Study Suggestion 62
Activity 12-A Implementation Priorities 63
Activity 12-B Implementation Planning 63
Activity 12-C Implementation Review 65
Activity 12-D Implementation Coordination 65
13 Stage 8: Reinforcing Momentum Through Alignment 67
Bible Study Suggestion 68
Activity 13-A Role of the Vision Community 68
Activity 13-B Assessing Progress Toward the Vision 69
Activity 13-C Communicating and Celebrating Progress 69
Activity 13-D Alignment of Members with the Vision 70
Activity 13-E Alignment of Ministries with the Vision 70
Activity 13-F Ongoing Vision and Visionpath Modification 71
Resource A Resource Organizations 74
Resource B An Annotated Bibliography of Useful Publications 78
Resource C Questionnaires, Inventories, and Other Data-Gathering Resources 81
Resource D Congregational Bodylife Model 95
Resource E Congregational Self-Assessment 98
References 103
The Authors 104
About Leadership Network 107
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