Change (May/June/July 2012)

They say the only thing constant is change. You can't stop it, but goodness knows people try—especially in the church. So how do we lead people through these difficult waters? How do we help them cope? How do we cope ourselves?

In This Issue

A Whack on the Back of the Head

A Whack on the Back of the Head

By
Neil M. Alexander
In a recent story about a new TV show one detail caught my eye. It turns out that the most watched shows at 10:00 p.m. ET on Mondays are not the episodes playing on the other…
Leading People through Change

Leading People through Change

By
Laura B. Nichol
In my firm’s work with organizations across the globe, there are many tools and practices we share with executives to help them implement long-term sustainable positive…
Theology for a Bad Appointment

Theology for a Bad Appointment

By
Darren Cushman Wood
Eleven years ago, my appointment came as a complete surprise. I had talked with the district superintendent about the type of church I felt God was calling me to serve, and this…
Is Your Church in Puberty?

Is Your Church in Puberty?

By
Sean Drummond
I am sure everyone remembers what it was like to be an adolescent. I am also willing to bet that no one remembers particularly enjoying that time of their life—the physical…
The New Pastor: Insights for Transitional Leadership

The New Pastor: Insights for Transitional Leadership

By
Marvin A. Moss
When discussing transitional leadership, it is imperative that one understands and embraces the words transition, change, uncertainty, and patience if there is a desire to serve…
Non-Anxious Evangelism in a Time of Decline

Non-Anxious Evangelism in a Time of Decline

By
Sarah S. Howell
At Christ in the Desert Monastery in Abiquiu, New Mexico, when the sun goes down, so do you. With limited electricity and a prayer schedule that begins at 4 a.m., there is no…
A Transforming Light in Urban Blight

A Transforming Light in Urban Blight

By
Sherry Cothran Woolsey
Changing Neighborhoods, Part 1 The average Protestant church in the U.S. was founded in 1940. Yours might be a little older or a little younger than that, but unless you’ve …
Remarketing, Not Reinventing

Remarketing, Not Reinventing

By
Mike Harris
Changing Neighborhoods, Part 2 The average Protestant church in the U.S. was founded in 1940. Yours might be a little older or a little younger than that, but unless you’ve …
Reconciliation and Justice in the Inner City

Reconciliation and Justice in the Inner City

By
Deborah Ingraham
Changing Neighborhoods, Part 3 The average Protestant church in the U.S. was founded in 1940. Yours might be a little older or a little younger than that, but unless…
Culture Shock

Culture Shock

By
Judy Y. Chung
Bright flashing signs showcasing the hotels and casinos, pictures of beautiful show girls, and sounds of slot machines. This was my first encounter of America when my family…
When the Church Needs to Move

When the Church Needs to Move

By
Derrick-Lewis Noble
This cannot be happening. I am failing miserably to keep my promise of standing stoically and reading with an air of polished dignity. I am buckling under the strain. The genuine…