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Overview A recent survey of America's Protestant churches estimates that 85 percent have plateaued or are declining in membership. The rapid and complex changes transforming Western society have left many churches and ministry organizations teetering between ineffectiveness and extinction. They must learn to meet the challenges of the present and upcoming generation-quickly. Leith Anderson has successfully guided his own church through a process of extraordinary growth and change. Out of his experience, research, and presentations has come the material for this book. Dying for Change is not intended to be a simple formula for success. Change is extremely difficult-but absolutely necessary.
Publishers Description A recent survey of America's Protestant churches estimates that 85 percent have plateaued or are declining in membership. The rapid and complex changes transforming Western society have left many churches and ministry organizations teetering between ineffectiveness and extinction. They must learn to meet the challenges of the present and upcoming generation--quickly.Leith Anderson has successfully guided his own church through a process of extraordinary growth and change. Out of his experience, research, and presentations has come the material for this book. Dying for Change is not intended to be a simple formula for success. Change is extremely difficult--but absolutely necessary.
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.41" Width: 5.31" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 1998
Publisher Bethany House
ISBN 1556616651 ISBN13 9781556616655
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More About Leith Anderson
Leith Anderson is the Senior Pastor of Wooddale Church in Minnesota. Although he is known nationally as an author, speaker, and educator, his first love is the local church and its people. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Bradley University, Denver Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary, he has written several books including Leadership That Works, a Christianity Today Book Award winner, and Becoming Friends with God. He and his wife, Charleen, live in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Leith Anderson currently resides in the state of Minnesota. Leith Anderson was born in 1944.
Reviews - What do customers think about Dying for Change?
Holy Toledo! Jan 10, 2006
A fine book and really not one to be considered an average read.
The importance of understanding church decline is paramount to today's Christian leaders. Sure mainline churches are declining around the world, many will accept this fact, but what is causing para church organizations and the more "modern" movements to experience decline?
Anderson's primary advice to church leaders is to be prepared for change and how to handle the inevitable ups and downs, pain and discomfort that comes with it.
It might be easy to read this book alone and feel that there are a few salient points. It would be better to read this book with a friend or the deacons or pastors of your church. Schedule time each week to work through what you've read with a plan to prepare for the change every organization needs every decade or so. You may be surprised what comes with the study and may move your church into the modern arena, enabling it to be relevant and effective.
Considering the book is nearly fifteen years old, a revision or update would be prudent and welcomed.
An Oldie, but a Goodie Aug 1, 2003
The premise of this book is that the vast majority of American Protestant churches and para-church organizations have either plateaued or are declining in membership because they cannot or will not meet the vast sociological changes that confront our society. Anderson does three basic things: First, he explains the changes that are reshaping our society. Second, he lays out the spiritual and sociological changes the church now faces. Finally, he pervasively argues that the church must beet these challenges head-on in order to survive.
Although this is a well written book, it's real strength begins with chapter seven. It is in this chapter that he begins to detail how we should meet these changes. Perhaps the most insightful observation is the most obvious: change will occur whether we like it or not. The job of the church is to determine it's purpose, to separate the non-negotiables from the negotiables, and then make a decision and act.
I also appreciate his insight in his analysis of decision-making. There is a time to decide, but we tall tend to debate and procrastinate. Anderson lays it on the line when he says we should define the issue, get the facts, consider the alternatives, and then act.
Expounds on generational perculiarities. May 16, 1999
This book does a fine job describing many of the cultural/generational factors facing churches in America today. Anderson highlights the perilous position many churches are in with regards to an ever evolving culture and a stagnated church, and emphasizes the neccesity of modifying our ministries to remain relavent, while at the same time preserving the orthodoxy of our doctrine. A helpful read for church planters but a vital resource for church leaders attempting to revitalize plateaued or declining congregations.
A basic book encouraging change in the church. Apr 13, 1999
This book was required reading for a seminary class that I was taking. I felt that the book was a good, basic book. It explains why the modern church must adapt to the modern world, while still retaining biblical truth. The book is most valuable for exposing why so many of our churches are declining in membership. Once we understand what we are doing wrong, we can make the needed changes to effectively minister to our communities.