The Challenge of Change
A guide to shaping change and changing the shape of church Change can be a frightening thing, particularly if we're not fully prepared for what it will mean to us. Change in our church is no different, and if...
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A guide to shaping change and changing the shape of church
Change can be a frightening thing, particularly if we're not fully prepared for what it will mean to us. Change in our church is no different, and if we are going to be able to move forward, careful thought and guidance is needed.
^^The author of The Challenge of Cell Church, which has sold over 10,000 copies, returns with this map for healthy and godly change in the local church. Writing as a pastor and practitioner, Phil Potter explains ways of shaping change of any kind in the life of a church and presents a guide to understanding the changing shape of church, in particular the 'fresh expressions' of church now emerging. He uses his experiences of leading his own church through five major transition periods, with his own mistakes and personal stories as examples to illustrate his points.
^^The Challenge of Change is ideal for church leaders of any denomination wanting to take their congregations through change. It is also ideal for church members preparing to embark on a particular project, or simply wanting to be equipped for whatever lies ahead. It speaks to reluctant traditionalists and impatient visionaries, to both struggling and thriving congregations. Also included are over 100 questions for personal and group reflection.^
A practical and thorough guide to approaching planning and managing change in the church, this title shows how change is essential to the growth and health of the church.
Phil Potter is Director of Pioneer Ministry in the Diocese of Liverpool, involved in national strategies for promoting cell church and 'fresh expressions' of church. He was vicar of St Marks, Haydock for 19 years, which became a centre for encouraging cell-based ministry. He has written The Challenge of Cell Church and The Challenge of Change.