If you are a pastor or church leader you need to get this book. Thom Rainer in Who Moved My Pulpit? lays out clearly the pitfalls, the purpose, and preparation needed for leading change in the local church.
Having done various short term mission trips to assist different churches during my time in college I have seen first hand that there are churches heading towards decline all across America because of an inability to change. There are churches I have preached in as a summer missionary that no longer exist for that very reason.
Dr. Rainer begins the book by looking at a pastor who implemented a change poorly in his church which led to a great amount of conflict, he follows this up by providing a glimpse at the human barriers to change in the church. Chapters 3 and 4 are really the fulcrum of the book, if we don’t begin with prayer we will not know God’s will for our churches. People in the churches also need to see the urgency of change, so many church members are blind to the fact that the church they serve and attend is dying. The following chapters layout practical steps needed to bring about change in the local church from building a coalition of the willing to addressing people issues, and re-shifting the focus of the church from inward to outward.
If you’re a church leader and you’re reading this chances are your church is plateaued or declining. While we must never change the message we have, sometimes we must rethink the methods and means we use especially as the community around the local church changes. I fully agree with Dr. Rainer life is short and we must seek to make the greatest difference we can for the church and for the kingdom. Grab this book and learn how to best implement change in your church.
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