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"Carl Dudley and Nancy Ammerman probably know more, and care more, about the vitality of local congregations than any other scholars in the country. Here they translate decades of astute observations into a clear, user-friendly, and practical set of planning strategies certain to help congregational leaders discern the most faithful and effective futures for their ministries." —John P. Kretzmann, codirector, the Asset Based Community Development Institute
"An excellent guide to developing the conversations that leaders of congregations need to be having. This is an important book for boards and planning committees making the difficult shift from business as usual to discerning new futures." —Gil Rendle, director of consulting and education, the Alban Institute
"This book is timely, challenging, and practical! Carl Dudley and Nancy Ammerman skillfully guide the pastor and church leaders through the journey of change toward greater effectiveness in ministry. A must-read for every pastor or church leader who desires to keep their congregation's ministry to the community on the cutting edge." —Efraim Espinoza, Commission on Discipleship-We Build People General Council of the Assemblies of God