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Transitioning: Leading Your Church Through Change [Paperback]

By Dan Southerland (Author)
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This book takes readers through a step-by-step process that can help any church make the transition from being program driven to purpose driven.

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A biblical look at how to steer a congregation in a new and exciting direction aligned with God s unique purpose for them. Transitioning is written to help church leaders and their congregations successfully navigate change and discover that the rewards far exceed the risk. Drawing principles from the book of Nehemiah, Southerland maps out an eight-step strategy for moving from being a traditional, ministry-driven church to a purpose-driven church. Transitioning illustrates practical, field-tested concepts with examples from the Bible and Southerland s own experience. A detailed workbook section with fill-in-the-blanks, scripture passages, and action steps helps pastors and their leadership teams convert knowledge into reality."

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 10, 2002
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  18
ISBN  0310242681  
ISBN13  9780310242680  
UPC  025986242688  

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More About Dan Southerland

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dan Southerland is one of the pastors of Next Level Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also the founder and director of Church Transitions, an organization that trains pastors and church leaders to effectively manage change. He has trained over 100,000 pastors and church leaders in the past seven years, and is one of the leading experts on implementing the purpose-driven paradigm in existing churches.

Dan Southerland currently resides in FT Lauderdale, in the state of Florida. Dan Southerland was born in 1956.

Spanish Language Biography: Dan Southerland es uno de los pastores de El Proximo Nivel Iglesia en Charlotte, Carolina Del Norte el es el fundador y director de Transiciones de Iglesia Inc, una organizacion que entrena pastores y lideres de iglesias a manejar efectivamente grandes transiciones. Dan ha entrenado sobre 100,000 pastores y lideres de iglesia en los siete anos pasados, y es experto en inplementar el proposito dado en iglesias existentes. Dan y su esposa Mary tienen dos hijos, Jered and Dana.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Transitioning: Leading Your Church Through Change?

Great Followup  Nov 9, 2006
A very practical follow-up to Purpose Driven Church. This book puts Purpose Driven into motion. It is not a book for someone who doesn't see the need for change.
Excellent Guide to Transitioning to Purpose Driven  Nov 2, 2006
Our church is an established congregation over 200 years old that is transitioning toward a "Purpose Driven" ministry focus. This book was just what we needed to guide us through the process. We are well on our way and are following the 8 steps laid out in the book. I highly recommend it.
Outstanding resource  Sep 25, 2006
This book is a great resource to leaders seeking a transition a church back to health. Dan has been there and done it and speaks out of experience.
Promotes "top down" leadership  Jun 9, 2006
Are pastors so desperate for "success" as defined by this author they implement (what amounts to) power grab strategies. The author starts from an assumption that "church growth" can only be acheived through adopting the "purpose driven" format which is also assumed to be THE way to reach the "unchurched". According to the book, the pastor first needs to convince the congregation they've "lost their vision". The pastor casts a new vision which includes the implementation of the "purpose driven" format and attempts to sell it to the congregation. In order to make this work, old leadership must be dissolved and a new vision/transition team installed. Church members who reject or question this "transition" are seen as "whiners and complainers". A whole chapter is devoted to dealing with the opposition. The author tells pastors to know who the "power brokers" are in the congregation and get their support up front, otherwise you will have to "fight them" or "run them off". Southerland tells pastors to be willing to lose a significant portion of the congregation to this transition as some are "vision immune" (they can't catch the vision).

Why are churches and pastors eager to latch onto this gimmicky and commercialized way of doing church? The methods promoted in "Transitioning" are, in my opinion manipulative, contrived and unChristlike.
How to conform the church in your own image!  Jan 11, 2006
I wish I could rate it lower than a 1. It's far worse and more blatant than Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Church.

I found it interesting to note that he teaches you how to get rid of dissenters before he teaches you how to listen to legitimate complaints. After seeing their fellow church members kicked out, how will people with 'legitimate concerns' be willing to come forward?

The church growth apostasy (yes, APOSTASY) is taking over all denominations. I have seen it in Evangelical Covenant (rampant there) and being pushed on the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (you can see it all over their website in their 'igniting congregations campaign') Mennonites, Baptists, and the list is endless.

The older saints who just want the pure word of God, realizing that adding all the trappings to it is just distracting from the truth, are called 'sanballats' (leaders from hell). What a respectful way to treat fellow believers who may very well have legitimate concerns.

Take a stand against this apostasy. It will come to your church.

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