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Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey

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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 eminen ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 29th 2000 by Jossey-Bass (first published February 10th 2000)
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Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Leading Congregational Change comprises the processed analysis of congregational transformation within the Union Baptist Association (UBA). In the first chapter, the authors relate their experience as part of a team that sought to impact its denominational association by communicating a renewed vision that involved changing denominational structures and priorities. They then share how through that initiative, as well as the inevitable firestorm of conflict that resulted, they developed wh
Marilyn Gardiner
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this book because it is a required reading for a course that I am taking. In another book by a different author I learned how to join God in what He is doing in our community and how “fixing the Church” has been too long the focus. It isn’t that we should ignore problems but that if we are spending our time praying and discerning what God wants to do and we are focused on following His lead then some of those problems become non-problems. Fixing more often than not involve creating more p ...more
Aug 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seminary-reading
Jim Herrington, the main author, offers Leading Congregational Change as a guide for congregational transformation based on the findings of Union Baptist Association in and around the Houston area of Texas. This study examines Southern Baptist congregations and their growth via baptism. Herrington hopes to renew the mindset of leaders in the church by encouraging change over holding fast to the ways of the past.
Instead of beginning the book like most Biblically based Christian leadership volumes
Eric Thompson

Leading Congregational Change is, according to the authors, a summary of practices leading to large degrees of growth and congregational shift in several churches of the large Union Baptist Association located in and around Houston. The authors served in various capacities in the UBA. The information upon which this book is based is largely anecdotal and was collected in the late 20th Century leading up to the book's publish date in 2000.

One might expect a book outlining strategies for congregat
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Congregational Leaders and systems of people working together towards a common goal
Recommended to Matthew by: Mission Development Coach
What you see is what you get from the title of this book. The authors offer both principles and a model to journey through the process of leading congregational leaders in bringing about needed healthy changes to both systems, models and practices within a congregation.

Even if you do not follow the specific model for finding a "vision path" that is outlined in this book the principles and the graphics can help you in educating leaders and disciples within the congregation about how to think abo
Jan 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: leadership, ministry
Like culture, churches are not static entities. Whether we embrace it, ignore it, or reject it, change happens. Utilizing a three-component model for congregational transformation, Herrington (et al.) emphasizes investing in the spiritual and relational vitality of the church and pastor, guiding the change process itself, and learning the disciplines of the change leader. While far from a predictable science, the art of transformational leadership must utilize creative tension, mental models, te ...more
Brandon Horst
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book has opened me mind to a new leadership model that has the potential to be more powerful than the traditional strategies churches continue to pursue. Herrington challenged my thinking and preconceptions. He encouraged me to look at change differently than I had ever considered. I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who is called to a lead a church someday. It will change your perspective and cause you to reconsider how the church reaches the community.
David Eversole
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Reading this book was a task. The information was good and I think it will be helpful, but for some reason it seemed like a major investment of time and effort for a 160 page book. It was thought-provoking, but really fairly dry. I think it could have been much less technical and still delivered the message clearly.
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
This is a dynamic and honest book about the challenges and issues that any leader seeking to bring transformation to a church will face. The book works to bring in a number of great illustrations that help to put flesh on the theory to move it from the classroom to what we see and experience each day. A great read, highly recommended for church leadership.
Jun 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
A good, practical guide for churches’ strategic planning or long range planning processes.
Jamie Oehme
Jul 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Although the name sounds boring as can be, I found the book fascinating. Changing the ideas of what church is to match today's ever-changing culture.

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