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Raising The Roof: The Pastoral-To-Program Size Transition
Pastoral-to-program size change is frequently described as the most challenging of growth transitions for congregations. Now Alban senior consultant Alice Mann, author of The In-Between Church: Navigating Size Transitions in Congregations, addresses the difficulties of that transition in this resource designed specifically for a congregational learning team. Conceptualized ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 9th 2001 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(first published January 1st 2001)
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This book was most engaging in the beginning, laying out well the case for transitioning the management style of a church to allow growth. I found the later part of the book slower and less engaging, but still worthwhile. There is a huge section of appendices, to allow you to zero in on particular resources you might need.
I appreciate that this is a very concrete book. Just over 35% of the book is appendices, providing meaningful reference material for actually making the size transition. The other 65% of the book is helpful and specific, based on Mann's considerable experience in working with congregations going through size transitions. The leadership of any church hoping to grow from pastoral to program size needs to read this book.