Sunday, April 13, 2008

Leading Congregational Change

In my last blog post I was talking about attending the Louisiana Baptist Religious Educators Association (LBREA) Annual Conference held at the Louisiana Baptist Building in Alexandria on March 13-14. While there I was introduced to the book Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide For The Transformational Journey by Jim Herrington, Mike Bonem, and James H. Furr (Jossey-Bass, 2000).

Here are the chapter titles from its Table of Contents:

  1. Learning to Lead Change: A Transformational Journey
  2. Spiritual and Relational Vitality: The Driving Force in Congregational Change
  3. Laying the Groundwork for Change
  4. Discerning and Communicating the Vision
  5. Achieving and Maintaining Widespread Impact
  6. The Disciplines of Transformational Leadership
  7. Discipline One: Generating and Sustaining Creative Tension
  8. Discipline Two: Harnessing the Power of Mental Models
  9. Discipline Three: Enabling Team Learning
  10. Discipline Four: Practicing Systems Thinking
  11. The Art of Transformational Leadership
  12. Resource: An Annotated Bibliography of Useful Publications

I’m not sure why I had never encountered this book before, but I sure wish I had! I’m just now getting into it and it looks promising as a helpful resource and practical guide for church leaders. The teaser on the back cover reads “If you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting. Can you live with that?” So, depending on how you answer this question, this book just might be for you.

Until next time…share the journey and enjoy the ride!