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William T. McConnell is the Lead Minister of the First Christian Church of Harrison, Ohio. He has served as a minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for over thirty-five years. He is the author of several books and articles and writes a popular political and humor column.
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chalice Press (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827232551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827232556
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,197,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Bill grew up in Beargrass Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In high school Bill was involved in sports where he lettered in football, baseball and cross-country. He did his undergraduate work at Eastern Kentucky University where he studied Political Science and Psychology and was involved in student politics. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. Among other leadership positions, Bill served as Chief Justice of the Student Court and the President of the Student Body at Eastern.

He earned his bachelor degree from Eastern Kentucky University, his M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral counseling from Kingsway Theological Seminary.

Bill McConnell has served Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Churches in Kentucky, Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio. He served almost 20 years as Senior Pastor of the First Christian Church in Harrison, Ohio, beginning in December of 1991. He was the Lead Minister of Legacy Christian Church January 2008 until March of 2011. During his tenure the church's membership tripled and worship attendance grew by over 500%. Over 80% of the church membership was involved in small groups and ministry. Bill is presently serving as Transformational Senior Minister at Lindenwood Christian Church in Memphis, Tennessee.

Bill and his wife Nancy have seven adult children and 11 grandchildren. Dr. McConnell has been serving in the ministry since 1970 and was ordained in his home church in 1972. He has served congregations in Kentucky, Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio.

Bill is a certified Fire Fighter and Emergency Medical Tech and worked in departments in several states. He has also served as a Fire and Police Chaplain in three states. Bill has worked in both adult and juvenile correctional facilities. He spends most of his spare time as a church Transformation Consultant and Leadership Coach and leading church retreats.

Bill has published articles in several professional journals has published four books. His latest book, from Westbow Press, is Developing a Significant Church, was published in June of 2014. He has written another book on church transformation, Renew Your Congregation, Healing the Sick and Raising the Dead, that was published in January 2008. He has columns occasionally published in the Commercial Appeal, Memphis' major newspaper.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Dean Benton on January 24, 2008
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The publisher labels Dr. William McConnell's writing style as "folksy." That's because he tells stories about all the folks in his church, all of his Kentucky kin and his third cousin's sick cat. The book is about real churches and real people. Bill focuses on renewing, revitalizing mainline churches--especially those that have histories. I know some of the preachers he quotes, some of them have family in our church and I know his parishioners. These are real leaders in the trenches. Leaders of mainline churches will find this enjoyable reading and a helpful resource. I'm not going to sell my library of Barna, Stanley, Wagner, Malphurs, Easum, or Drucker, but Bill fills in gaps for the mainline church pastor who finds the stories of the mega-churches or independent churches not quite fitting their situation. Dr. McConnell's approach to conflict management in board meetings is amusing and insightful. What preacher--regardless of church size or brand--won't identify with: "One of my major mistakes was mistaking tired for done. What I probably needed was not relocation, but a vacation."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James W. Bane on February 13, 2008
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What I appreciate about this book is that it is deep but not dense. It contains valuable insights about church transformation that are readily accessible to the reader. It is a perfect book for a leadership group in a local church or a group of pastors to read and discuss together. Bill gives you something to think about as well as something to act on. This book is hopeful and helpful at the same time. It gives you a sense that church transformation is challenging but not impossible. Bill is somehow simultaneously irreverent yet also caring towards the local church and that is a healthy combination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Skeedadle on February 29, 2008
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This is a great book for any Church or anyone who goes to Church. It reminds us that the color of the kitchen is not as important as the people in your neighborhood. I know of a Church that is dying because they refuse to change and they like it that way. It's sad. Dr. McConnell uses real examples of real people in real congregations and how it affects ourselves and community. A must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom on February 1, 2008
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This book will offer any church pastor, lay leader or interested congregaton member insights and practical suggestions as to what can be done to revitalize and renew their church and more importantly, its members. Dr. McConnell's style is folksy, entertaining and engaging to read as he weaves stories into the text to illustrate the principles and suggestions he offers the reader.

He covers a variety of topics, many different facets of a church's makeup and culture, and ties them together in a way that will provide any church pastor or leader a simple approach to church and congregation transformation.(Simple but not necessarily easy as he clarifies in Chapter 6, "A Simple Plan Is The Best Plan").

I especially liked the way Dr. McConnell wrapped up each chapter with a "Lessons Learned" section where he summarizes the main points of the chapter.

Many readers may wonder if Dr. McConnell's ideas and suggestions really work...I can attest they do, having grown up in First Christian Church but being away for the first nine years of Dr. McConnell's tenure. When I returned in 2000, the transformation was well underway and it was quite evident that Dr. McConnell's professed "bottom line" measure of success, "Changed Lives", was really happening. A couple years later my life was transformed and I became another "changed life" success story at FCC. But Dr. McConnell (just Bill to all his congregation members) would never take credit for this success, he has just followed God's lead in this transformation process, which is what he explains in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence on February 4, 2008
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If you are really serious about church transformation and are realistic enough to acknowledge that it is a long, difficult process, you will appreciate this book. Dr. McConnell pulls no punches about how challenging and demanding the process is, but he also enthusiastically describes how rewarding the result is.

Church transformation ultimately is not about programs or styles; it is about people who are willing to change, to bend, to stretch themselves beyond their comfort zones to reach their communities for Christ. Church transformation cannot be separated from member transformation. That's why there is no easy program or process to affect foundational transformation. If you are interested in cosmetic transformation this is not the book for you.

Dr. McConnell's witty, conversational writing style makes reading this book a true pleasure, and his willingness to expose his own failings and missteps lends an aura of genuineness and credibility.

Your church does not have to be sick or dying for this book to be of value to you. Pastors and lay leaders of churches of any size will find practical information in Dr. McConnell's work.
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