Change is difficult, and humankind will side with things they are complacent and acquainted with as opposed to exploring different avenues regarding the change. Despite understanding the bible and scriptures do not change, humans should likewise recognize that the comprehension of the scripture changes continually, and the society, where attempts to effect with the Word of God, is continually evolving too. This is what prompted Thom S. Rainer to author this book with the precise reason for making a resource for the church minister that is, endeavoring to work through a change. Rainer, an author, pastor, and former president of the Lifeway Christian Resources graduated from the University of Alabama. He earned his Masters of Divinity and, subsequently, a Ph.D. in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also written other Christian books, which gained a lot of popularity. His training and experience make him well prepared to author this extremely instructive Christian book discussing about the change in the church.The complete review of Who Moved My Pulpit is below.
It is imperative to understand that the book is centered on its thesis, which emphasizes the need to educate church leaders and help them transform the church through various changes. Rainer maintains that the book is for all church leaders looking to lead their places of worship to change. The book is for founders and church workers who need to make a positive contribution toward driving change to their congregation (Rainer 17).
The inspiration for creating the book began subsequent to having discussions with a huge number of church ministers, using on-the-ground inquiry from over of 50,000 chapels. He understood that a book on change from a Christian viewpoint was woefully required. Rainer builds up an eight-phase guide, as explained in the book for driving change in the church. As the author agrees, ninety percent of churches in America are fading away in places they are found (Rainer 11). They are stagnant in growth compared to their surrounding communities. This trend worries, and a well-planned change needs to be undertaken.
Rainer recognizes that one of the most dangerous components of a leader is the risk of getting careless. Rainer states that a critical change in an association will have repercussions more significant than the change itself (Rainer 11). When a leader hopes to see his devotees adopt change, he must be a positive administration model, and positive change and development must begin with initiative.
This resource is intended to help walk the leader through driving change from a Christian point of view . Chapter 2 of the book talks of different types of unmovable church individuals: the deniers, the entitled, the blamers, the critics, and the confused. To avoid disagreements with these church individuals, the church minister should, first, lead the gathering to confront reality. The leader should then impart that fact and the means expected to push ahead and, lastly, communicate with a desire to resolve it quickly (Rainer 47). The book states that driving change effectively is essential, as the church lacks the opportunity for internal fights when there is a necessity to spread the Word of God.
I have read several Christian books on change in the church and especially change in church leaders, but this has been my favorite. Change is inevitable in organizations as well as churches; thus, it should be embraced when it comes. However, if the change is not correctly executed, it may lead to conflicts and misunderstandings, as seen in the email sent to Rainer. For change to successful take effect, everyone should be consulted.
Rainer advocates of three critical components of all leaders and especially church leaders, who are the force behind change. First, they should read the bible regularly; they should also impart hope as expected and should search for low-hanging fruit (Rainer 106-107). The leader should be the voice of hope and give a perfect vision to the congregation to forge ahead in a certain manner (Rainer 115).
Change is not simple, and any pastor or leader that envisions leading a congregation through this course does so at a considerable individual and expert peril. Rainer provides a coherent, compact, and deliberate procedure to actualize change. Although he states that the process will not ensure achievement, it will help in achieving that result.
His ways are anything but difficult to follow. His easy to comprehend stages are encompassed with clear instances of how they can be executed viably.He sounds a considerable voice of reassurance to those interested (Rainer 97). This reassurance might be the most significant part of the book. As such, a lot of people have attempted, and flopped, an empowering message provides people the mental fortitude to attempt once more.
Rainer proposes that no effective change will stand that was not birthed from a period of severe and genuine prayers for the minister. Most importantly, the minister finds a prayer partner to join him. The author is categorical that, before any leader pushes change, especially in the church. He should put the issue before God in prayer, and I agree with him. Drawing from Nehemiah’s case, he explains that the leader appealed to God for knowledge, endurance, and energy (Rainer 56).
The author adds that he has never seen successful and persevering change happening in church without prayer (Rainer 68). Prayer, as Rainer puts it, is integral for positive change to be effected in church. Through praying, the leader will be equipped to face the various obstacles in his way. Due to the importance and weight prayer holds, Jesus taught his disciples how to pray the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:5-15 to petition God for various needs such as leading change.
Rainer’s book provides a detailed account of how to successfully lead change in the church.He addresses failures often made and a series of steps to be undertaken for effective change .Those in church leadership positions, especially those aspiring to effect change this book can be used as a guide for church ministers.
While most books on effecting change are secular, this delves into leading positive change in a religious setting. It has an abundance of information on how to make a change as a leader. While appeasing the congregation and convincing them that the move was necessary for their future growth. Lessons are in accordance with the biblical teachings and the contemporary Christian culture. As Rainer cites bible verses often, as seen in chapter 6 under vision leads to hope (Rainer 104-105).
The book revolves around the change in churches. It utilizes study cases of true stories to paint the picture to readers and help them put the information into proper context. Rainer begins by explaining failures leaders commit when trying to effect change. Rainer incorporates with each stage the guidance. He advice church leaders need to change their places of worship through the eight steps.
This is a huge resource for the pastor seeking advice on how to lead change in the congregation. In the discipleship procedure this book can be utilized. As the new age of leaders is being prepared in the right path. To help be proactive in being prayerful and purposeful in driving the congregation through the change in the future. Compared to similar books on change, this book delves deeply into the issue.It also commending to all church ministers who feel overpowered and ill-equipped to transform the church into a better future.
Rainer, Thom S. Who moved my pulpit?: Leading change in the church. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2016.
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