Monday, November 4, 2013

Change: How to Remain a Strong Leader during your Church’s Transition

I don’t like change, especially at church. Over the past two years, my home church has had both the senior and youth pastors resign; currently, we have an interim senior pastor and the youth pastor has returned on an interim basis at 80%.  So, when I saw Change: How to Remain a Strong Leader during your Church’s Transition by Janice Eliane Stinnett, I thought it might be worth reading.
As the title indicates, this book is aimed at church leaders, not lay people.  “Church leaders” includes positions other than pastors or elders—some of these lessons are also applicable to Sunday school teachers and other ministry volunteers. Therefore, this book also contains lessons on spiritual leadership in general, with certain principles of greater significance.
The author used many Scriptural references, but the formatting (at least in the ebook) was inconsistent.  Most passages were set off in quotation marks, but some were left as ordinary paragraphs. In the latter case, it sometimes felt that the author was merely providing passages without any insight or commentary.  While there were some good personal insights, the train of thought was difficult to follow in some places.  
Worth borrowing, but not buying

I received this book from Thomas Nelson’s Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review. 

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