In a church, change is like oxygen, essential for life and growth. Handle it wrong, though, and you'll start a fire you can't put out. So if the thought of switching from a traditional church to a purpose-driven church leaves you with mingled feelings of excitement and fear, good! It means that, as a pastor, you know the incalculable worth of aligning your church with God's vision. It also means you understand how potentially explosive such a venture can be. Transitioning is written for you. This book can help you and your congregation successfully navigate change to attain rewards that far exceed the risk. Drawing principles from the book of Nehemiah, Pastor Dan Southerland maps out an eight-step strategy for moving from a typical, program-driven church to a purpose-driven church. It's no cut-and-dried process, any more than God himself is cut and dried. Rather, it's a biblical look at how to steer your congregation in a new and exciting direction one that's aligned with God's intentions not just for any church, but your church. Southerland takes you step by step through preparing for vision, defining the vision, planting the vision, sharing the vision, implementing the vision, dealing with opposition, making course corrections, and evaluating the results. Transitioning illustrates practical, field-tested concepts with examples from the Bible and Southerland's own experiences. But this book doesn't end at the blackboard. Its detailed workbook section is packed with fill-in-the-blanks, Scripture passages, and action steps to help you and your leadership team convert knowledge to implementation. Getting in step with what God wants to do in and through your church opens thedoor for transformation and growth not just corporately, but in your own life as well. Amazing things happen when you choose vision, rather than circumstances or tradition, as your guiding star. So get read! You're about to discover the power and effectiveness of becoming a purpose-driven church.
Author Biography: Dan Southerland is the pastor/teacher at Flamingo Road Church in Fort Lauderdale, FLa purpose-driven contemporary congregation that has grown from 300 in 1989 to over 2,300 today and launched seventeen other churches. Dan and his wife, Mary, live in Fort Lauderdale with their two children, Jered and Danna.