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The Church Transition Workbook: Getting Your Church in Gear [Paperback]

By Bill Kemp (Author)
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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.98" Width: 8.54" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2006
Publisher   Discipleship Resources
ISBN  0881774227  
EAN  9780881774221  

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The Church Transition Workbook describes a step-by-step process that will enable the church to get moving again after traumatic conflict or being "run over by change." It keeps laity and clergy on the same page, as pastoral relationships are being redefined. Churches considering relocation or a radical shift in ministry will also find that the transition process complements their long-range visioning. Included are stories, practical tools, and exercises that will help the church see its current reality and the possibilities for ministry. One reviewer says, "The material drawn together within this workbook is practical, accessible, and honest....It certainly is worthy of use by congregations seeking assistance during times of transition." The Church Transition Workbook will help churches that are going through a crisis, precipitated by: the loss of a pastor under difficult circumstances, such as clergy misconduct or death the moving or retirement of a long-term pastor or of a pastor who micro-managed the church or failed to empower the laity the sudden loss of church membership or a church split a long-term pattern of declining resources a change in community circumstances or the church's neighborhood In the author's own words:"This workbook is for church leaders, both lay and clergy. One of the great mistakes of our current era has been to provide clergy with a multitude of books, seminars, and other resources for church change, as if they alone could make things happen. Transition is an organic process, meaning it involves the whole congregation in a shift in activity and in self-understanding. With this in mind, this book was written so that it could be read by anyone who is concerned about the church's future. "The content of the book is arranged to support participation by each member of the congregation. This workbook is particularly designed to foster group discussion and to act as a shared resource for those church committees who find themselves riding herd on change. Who those committees are varies, depending on the nature of the transition and the way the local church is organized. Ideally each member of the church's administrative council or governing board would read through this workbook and then the council would assign appropriate chapters to the various committees and invite short-term study groups to work through its chapters. The idea is to percolate involvement in the process of transition down to the grassroo

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bill Kemp (M.Div., Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, Maine) has served for more than twenty-five years as a United Methodist pastor in a variety of parish settings, helping hundreds of families through the grief process. He is currently serving as intentional interim pastor for the Western Pennsylvania conference of the United Methodist Church.

Bill Kemp was born in 1954.

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Suburban Pastor  Feb 9, 2005
Our congregation is in a "visioning" process and I've found Kemp's book very helpful. Although his format doesn't exactly fit our situation, the principles and suggestions are so very insightful, emerging from his personal experience and wisdom. It is full of gems for any church facing transition (resulting from any circumstance). Our's is a transition of constituency and context. We've had no crisis (and the book is great for crisis recovery), but Kemp's insights have been highly applicable.

I read the book in preparation for leading our year long discernment process. Two lay leaders on the "pilot team" are currently reading it. This is a valuable tool for asking the right questions as you cope with change (and, who isn't?!)

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