The Challenge of Change Paperback
A guide to shaping change and changing the shape of church
by Phil Potter;
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The Challenge of Change
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The author of The Challenge of Cell Church returns with this map for healthy and godly change in the local church. Writing as a pastor and practitioner, Phil Potter explains ways of shaping change of any kind in the life of a church and presents a guide to understanding the changing shape of church, in particular the 'fresh expressions' of church now emerging. He uses his experiences of leading his own church through five major transition periods, with his own mistakes and personal stories as examples to illustrate his points.
The Challenge of Change is ideal for church leaders of any denomination wanting to take their congregations through change. It is also ideal for church members preparing to embark on a particular project, or simply wanting to be equipped for whatever lies ahead. It speaks to reluctant traditionalists and impatient visionaries, to both struggling and thriving congregations. Also included are over 100 questions for personal and group reflection.
Phil Potter is Director of Pioneer Ministry in the Diocese of Liverpool, involved in national strategies for promoting cell church and 'fresh expressions' of church. He was vicar of St Marks, Haydock for 19 years, which became a centre for encouraging cell-based ministry.
The Challenge of Change by Phil Potter was published by Bible Reading Fellowship in March 2009 and is our 18359th best seller. The ISBN for The Challenge of Change is 9781841016047.
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The Challenge of ChangeGuest reviewer, via The Good Book Stall
As I started to read this book it struck me that it had arrived on my desk about two years too late. I found myself thinking time and again as I read this book, “If you had told me that earlier I could have saved myself, and others, much time and trouble.”
Change is an ever present reality and the church is no more or less resistant to its pressures and enticements than any other group. Phil Potter gives pointers on how to approach change. This is not just a ‘how to’ book (though it does have some useful practical tips), it is, as the subtitle states, a guide to shaping change. In a series of easy to follow steps Potter helps the reader to assess change. He give solid guidelines on avoiding change for change’s sake but embracing it when that is what is required to fulfil God’s mission.
Potter’s approach is clear and logical (maybe a bit too logical seen from the inside of the storm that can quickly blow up around change), with a satisfying mix of the practical and the theoretical. He doesn’t lose sight of the spiritual issues involved, yet keeps his feet on the ground.
This book is not restricted to those who want to move towards a cell-church model. Anyone facing change and wondering how to steer a path through troubled waters, not just avoiding dangerous rocks but looking for opportunities to learn and grow, should take a look at this book.
Kevin Dare, Minister, Beeston Baptist Church, Nottingham
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Details for The Challenge of Change
|Author / Artist||Phil Potter|
|Publisher||Bible Reading Fellowship (March 2009)|
|Number of Pages||176|
|Page last updated||3rd September 2017|