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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Westbow Press (March 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490820345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490820347
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,402,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Galen and his wife, Kay, came to Copper Pointe Church in 1981 and served as student pastors until 1993. In June of 1993, Galen stepped into the position of senior pastor. Six years ago he started the journey of transforming a seventy-five-year-old traditional church into a progressive, creative, and relevant church of all ages reaching a young generation. CPC's transformed vision has now become a reality, with one of the largest student ministries in the nation. Galen's practical and life-applicable teaching is a facet of his ministry that helps define Copper Pointe Church. His experience and wisdom, coupled with continual passion and excitement, propel us forward to reach beyond our walls into our city, across the border, and around the world. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I took a lot away from reading this.
Chester Qualls
This book is packed with wisdom and translates well to all areas of life that deal with change.
Mark
This book walks you through the way this change was brought about in the author's church.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 22, 2014
Format: Paperback
My granddaughter was one of the first of our family to attend Copper Pointe's 212 ministry for high school teens. My daughter and I looked at each other and in unison said we had better go to see what they are teaching, teenagers don't like church. I belonged to a church that was centered around senior citizens, seniors going on outings and several deaths a month.

When I walked through the doors I could feel the excitement and presence of God. You know the excitement when a church is going to have a revival? Well every week I feel like that! I can't wait to go to see what is planned.

Gaylen's precious Godly wife Kay has a women's conference every year. Everything is planned to the smallest detail. I bought my tickets for 2014 at the end of the 2013 conference.

His sons Brandon and Dustin are awesome speakers, leaders and visionaries. As I was reading I was lost in the story but I kept reminding myself that I knew how the book would end - but then it occurred to me that I don't know the ending because we are growing and expanding constantly. Who knows what God has planned for this family and church family? I'm excited for the sequel book.
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This book is very helpful for anyone in the midst of changing the culture of a church and wanting to reach their community for Christ. Just knowing from someone who's been there that it can get better and that you can survive the resistance of those who don't want to change.
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I grew up in the church Galen is writing about, my parents are some of the long time attenders. Although I returned for summers and Christmas I was already in a college out of state when Galen came as the Youth Pastor. Over the years I have enjoyed keeping in touch with what the church of my youth was up to, and in recent years I have been extremely impressed. I often tell people that my home church is 80 years old but they are acting like teenagers. As far as I’m concerned that’s a compliment. They haven’t become the worn out church with a lot of people who sit around and talk about the good old days. They Rock!!!

But, since I've been out starting my own family and had moved away from New Mexico I wasn’t up on all the details of this church family. I very much appreciate how Galen not only tells some of the nitty gritty facts but he shares his heart. So often Pastor’s who are telling their story of difficulty don’t want to bum everyone out, they want to portray hope. The message they try to get across is that you should just pray a little deeper, or read the Bible a bit more, or start to be faithful in our tithing. Sounds like great advice and maybe there are some not doing those things but some of us are praying our hearts out, we are pouring over the scripture, and we are giving until it hurts… but nothing seems to happen. I really like that Galen acknowledges being in that sort of hurt, and being there for a long time. It makes him seem like a Pastor who actually “get’s it” and who I can listen to about staying hopeful and keeping the faith.

I’m not a Pastor, and I will probably never start a church, but the principles in this book apply to me just the same. I took a lot away from reading this.
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Format: Hardcover
Changing Church is an inspirational journey of a family dedicated to the Lord. Although the work could serve as a model for divinity students, pastors, church directors and church members, the principles revealed here are applicable to all fields and to life in general. That alone made the work worth reading.
Resistance to change and to fresh ideas is a common problem that runs through many organizations. When change is shunned, organizations stagnate and decline. I found many similarities in my professional career Breaking Tecumseh's Curse: The Real-life Adventures of the U.S. Secret Service Agent Who Tried to Change Tomorrow to those of Pastor Woodward in regard to attempts to reform an organizational culture steep in tradition.
I enjoyed the personal anecdotes and the enjoyable, flowing narrative of the book. I was pleasantly surprised as to the universal relevance of Changing Church and to its entertaining memoir-like qualities. Congratulations and thanks to Pastor Woodward and his family.
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By Adam Coffing on April 24, 2014
Format: Paperback
LOVE this book! Real life stories of the ups and the downs of making changes in church, and everything in between!

DEFINITELY worth the read! Pastor Galen Woodward is one of THE MOST genuine, humble, real, loving, passionate Christian leader that I have ever met! 1 Corinthians 11:1 says - "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." - Pastor Galen embodies this verse. He leads an incredible church, models a great personal life, fathers an unbelievable family, and follows the lead of Christ.

WHAT a story! WHAT a book! WHAT a man! Cannot say enough about this!
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By Laine Brunetto on April 24, 2014
Format: Paperback
As a church-goer for most of my life, I understand when Pastor Galen Woodward describes a 75 year-old, traditional church that becomes content with a status-quo way of "doing church." Anyone who works, volunteers or regularly attends church - any church - will find this book so insightful in how to change a church culture and how to support a pastor and staff who have a vision to become more than just a church performing traditional religious rituals, but to become a church who passionately wants to reach the unchurched for Christ!
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