In his latest book, Dr. Thom Rainer (President, Lifeway Resources) show us how to be a change agent in our local church. This book is primarily written for pastors and church leaders but everyone can benefit from the insights provided by Dr. Rainer. The book was motivated by an email he received from a pastor asking for help in learning how to lead change in his church.
As a point of disclosure, Dr. Rainer was one of my professors at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. I had the opportunity to learn from him first-hand and see him as a man of God that loves the local church.
So, how do we lead change in our churches? Dr. Rainer provides eight steps to help facilitate change. He acknowledges these are not “plug and play” steps but rather a Biblically-based process.
Dr. Rainer focuses the chapters on one of eight steps. The eight steps are:
- Stop …and Pray
- Confront and Communicate a Sense of Urgency
- Build and Eager Coalition
- Become a Voice and Vision of Hope
- Deal with People Issues
- Move from an Inward Focus to an Outward Focus
- Pick Low-Hanging Fruit
- Implement and Consolidate Change
Each topic challenges the reader to put their faith into action and provides examples of how to do so. Readers are challenged to no longer treat the church as a county club, with a "what's in it for me" attitude. Rather we see how we are to be the body of Christ to a lost and dying world.
Rainer writes in a very easy to read style and draws from his vast experience and research regarding the local church. This book, along with I Am a Church Member and I Will should be bought in bulk and studied by the local church. They would make a great resource for small group study. If you have not experienced any of Dr. Rainer's books, I highly encourage you to start with these smaller books.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from B&H Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."