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

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

by Jim Herrington, Mike Bonem, James H. Furr
 

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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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787948856
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/10/2000
Series:
Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series , #10
Edition description:
Workbook
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,131,787
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.27(d)

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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:

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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