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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resouce
Excellent insights for planning strategies to help congregations into and through change. A great guide for dealing with the dynamics of change -- spiritual, intellectual, and emotional. Helpful differentiation between "management" and "leadership" and the kinds of situations when each style is more appropriate. I use it as a handbook in doing...
Published on May 9, 2000 by Linda Kuhn

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General advice, a good initial resource
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resouce, May 9, 2000
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This review is from: Leading Change in the Congregation: Spiritual & Organizational Tools for Leaders (Paperback)
Excellent insights for planning strategies to help congregations into and through change. A great guide for dealing with the dynamics of change -- spiritual, intellectual, and emotional. Helpful differentiation between "management" and "leadership" and the kinds of situations when each style is more appropriate. I use it as a handbook in doing interim ministry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good investment of your precious reading time, March 8, 2006
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Remember back to course you took in seminary about leading

your church through change? No? There wasn't one! Come now, that can't be true, but sadly it is in most cases. Pastors are called to shepherd their church's through changes but are rarely given the education or tools to do so. Most of this is picked up by trial and error, often painful trials with many errors. This book could be considered "Remedial Congregational Leadership 101," for those of us who never received this formal training. Clearly Rendle wrote this book not out of some theoretical model (although there is solid theory supporting it) but out of his lived experience of leading many congregations through the turbulant waters of change. With so many demands pulling at the free time of a pastor, this book is well worth devoting some of that time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!, September 20, 2013
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Every church leader and lay person should read this book if they are looking for ways to shape the culture of their congregation. Highly motivational and practical for all leader types.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, July 7, 2013
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When considering change in congregations Rendle does a realistic job in highlighting the obstacles and possible ways through them which will be invaluable for any church leader in today's rapidly changing society.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leading Change in the church, January 19, 2013
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This is an easy read, but not so easy to do all that is suggested. Of course it is not easy to change a congregation, nor should it be, but this had some helpful suggestions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work, December 18, 2012
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None of this was new - it all is previously published - but the presentation refreshes the concepts in a way that makes them readily applicable. This is a great tool for congregational leadership in all situations
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required leadership reading, July 31, 2007
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A relevant and practical book for transitional leaders. Describes the current socio-economic environment impacting congregations and need for new leadership approaches. Rendel's writing style and first hand knowledge makes this a fast and compelling read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource for ministers, October 28, 2014
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Good book with lots of good information.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a good initial, August 26, 2014
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General advice, a good initial resource
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5.0 out of 5 stars Offers a practical approach to congregational development, February 9, 2010
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This book provides both clergy and laity with a practical approach to congregational development by helping leaders to see their congregations as unique and vital to God's kingdom.

The questions asked, both in the narrative text as well as the structured ideas is one of the gems of this book.

This book provided, and still provides me, with a new set of lenses through which to view the future journey and development of my congregation as God calls it to become and not as a replica of a current trend.
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