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Change is inevitable. Make it transformational.
Discomfort with change blocks transformation in churches and individual Christians every day. Yet the current landscape of church in the US is one of inevitable change: shrinking attendance among committed members, population shifts from rural to urban, and increasing numbers of people for whom church is an afterthought, at best. We have now lived through a period of unrelenting forced changes on congregations due to a pandemic. For those churches and their members who can embrace the current and coming changes, there are opportunities to not only survive but to thrive. Church After lays out strategies for moving each of us toward a faith without fear, a faith which embraces change and transitions, and a faith rooted in the Good News of Jesus, which proclaims that we must die to the old to become new. Packed with practical ideas for use with any congregation, Church After utilizes research on brain science and transformative learning to help congregations find transformation in unexpected change. Pastors and lay leaders will find in Church After the essential skills and knowledge to leverage congregational transitions for maximal spiritual growth and individual/congregational transformation.
"A must-read for everyone leading a group through navigating change in ways that lead to meaning-making and transformation." - Rev. Lawrence Tanner Richardson, Pastor, Author, & Leadership Coach
"This is a wonderfully practical and insightful guide that is a necessary addition to the ministry bookshelf." - Asher Syed, Reader's Favorite Book Reviews
"A bold new testament to faith in modern times. This well-structured book presents a path forward for church leaders and the faithful alike, with recommendations for guiding and supporting congregations in this new era. Peppered with personal anecdotes that give the narrative voice both authenticity and authority, this is a timely read from an author who is clearly well-versed in the evolution of faith." Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★½
Anna Hall is an ordained Baptist minister who has coordinated programs and conducted research in churches, nonprofits, and universities. In her work as Director of Research and Development for ConvergenceUS.org, she draws on the latest research from across the fields of religious practice, organizational development, and adult learning to inform product development and implementation that supports the needs of pastors and churches. She holds a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, a Master of Public Administration from Valdosta State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, where her research focused on congregations experiencing a change in pastors. Find Anna at https://www.facebook.com/changereadychristians, https://twitter.com/annamhall, and https://www.linkedin.com/in/annamitchellhall
Free Bonus Materials: Pastor Transition Quick Start Guide and Printable Devotional Journal
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