How to Change Your Church Without Killing It
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...
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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.
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Appel is Senior Pastor of Central Christian Church. He is a frequent conference speaker who addresses the issues of transition and change in churches.
Alan E. Nelson (EdD., University of San Diego) is a leadership development specialist. He was a pastor for more than 20 years and is the author of fourteen books on personal growth and leadership. He is the founder/CEO of KidLead, an organization dedicated to training effective, ethical leaders. He is a columnist for Rev. magazine.