Strategies for Change

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The fourth of five books about managing for change in the congregation, Strategies for Change--the fruit of the author's week-long workshops on planned change--focuses on the institutional context for change, defines sources of authority for making changes, and offers a checklist of strategies and tactics for making changes.
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Overview

The fourth of five books about managing for change in the congregation, Strategies for Change--the fruit of the author's week-long workshops on planned change--focuses on the institutional context for change, defines sources of authority for making changes, and offers a checklist of strategies and tactics for making changes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687396733
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 127
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Lyle E. Schaller is the country's leading interpreter of congregational systems and their vitality. He is the author of dozens of books, including From Geography to Affinity, also published by Abingdon Press. He lives in Naperville, Illinois.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Ch. 1 Covenant Community or Voluntary Association? 15
Covenant Community Versus Voluntary Association 18
What Are the Cohesive Forces? 18
Trust or Consensus? 20
Edict or Process? 22
Who Is the Client? 25
Past or Future Orientation? 27
Charisma or Goals? 29
Ch. 2 What Is the Climate? 31
Is This an Adversarial Environment? 31
Is Apathy Worse? 34
Who Has a Voice? 36
Is Complacency the Issue? 38
Is This a Supportive Environment? 40
If Not, What Do We Do Next? 43
What About That Adversarial Climate? 48
What About That Benevolent Dictator? 49
Ch. 3 Who Stirs Up the Discontent? 52
Who Identifies That Discrepancy? 53
A Crucial Distinction 54
Three Alternatives 54
Why Do Coalitions Fail? 56
Ch. 4 Who Gave You the Authority? 59
Authority or Power? 62
The North American Spectrum 63
From Given to Earned 64
Nations and Denominations 65
The Big Illusion 67
The First Lesson 68
Two More Lessons 68
A Fourth Lesson 69
A Fifth Lesson 69
Eight Sources 69
The Parish Context 76
One Discordant Note 78
Questions 78
Ch. 5 Who Decides? 80
How Did It Happen? 82
Four Lessons 85
But Is That Democratic? 86
Who Can Conceptualize Tomorrow? 88
Who Controls? 88
What Is the Issue? 89
Ch. 6 What Is Your Strategy? 90
Three Levels of Change 90
A Five Step Sequence 92
That Crucial Second Step 93
That Often Overlooked Third Step 96
The Fourth Step 97
The Fifth Step 99
A Checklist for Change Agents 100
Ch. 7 Reform or Create? 107
What Are Your Assumptions? 109
What Are the Choices? 110
Who Are the Victims? 112
Ch. 8 Three Scenarios 113
Expanding the Sunday Morning Schedule 117
The Toughest Call of All 119
Why Did It Work? 122
Notes 125
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