Who Moved My Pulpit? Leading Change in the Church
By Thom S. Rainer (Broadman/Holman Books)
Thom Rainer, CEO and president of Lifeway Christian Resources, wrote his latest book in response to a questioning email from a pastor who was so desperate and frustrated, he was about to resign from his church.
Rainer covers most, if not all, of the aspects of change in the church. He begins with the negatives, such as lack of prayer, personalities averse to change and lack of communication. He stresses the importance of communicating a sense of urgency, followed by building an eager coalition. After dealing with five kinds of unmovable church members and discussing tendencies of people in general, Rainer moves on to talk about implementing and consolidating change.
The book includes diagnostic and study questions at the end of each chapter. A helpful appendix offers a tool that allows readers to check their RFC—readiness for change—Quotient.
Who Moved My Pulpit? Leading Change in the Church is a must-read for every pastor and senior ministerial staff member.
Skip Holman, minister of discipleship
Northeast Baptist Church