Fortress Press

Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey

Leading Congregational Change

A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey

Jim Herrington (Author), Mike Bonem (Author), James H. Furr (Author), Eddie Gibbs (Foreword by)


Bold transformation is needed in many of the congregations that cover the American landscape, argue Jim Herrington, Mike Bonem, and James H. Furr, authors of Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey. Drawing on their more than one hundred years of combined experience in a wide variety of church-related positions and a deep commitment to the biblical role of the local church, the authors present practical and concrete principles and concepts applicable across a broad spectrum of congregations.

Leading Congregational Change presents a simple, memorable, and transferable framework along with principles of congregational transformation--such as God's call for transformation, the central role of spiritual vitality, the sequential nature of effective change, and the learning disciplines. Illustrations and action items offer adaptable suggestions and starting points for discussion.

Leading Congregational Change is designed primarily for pastors and other congregational leaders who sense that things are not "just fine" in their churches and realize that deep change is needed. Judicatory staff and church consultants will also find the model for congregational transformation helpful. Individual ministries within a congregation, new congregations, and parachurch organizations can also use it to facilitate their own transformation. A church will grow when it understands and is genuinely committed to demonstrating and sharing the gospel in relevant ways. Growth will be manifested in the deeper commitment of its members. And more people in the community will hear God's call and become faithful disciples of Christ. Leading Congregational Change is a wise and faithful guide for the journey toward such transformation.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506463315
  • eBook ISBN 9781506463322
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 275
  • Publication Date October 6, 2020


"Leading a church to change from being tradition- or program-driven to being purpose-driven is a task filled with all kinds of potentially explosive and divisive issues. This is a book you ought to read before you change anything."
Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Church
"This is a landmark book for churches and change. Effecting change is never easy in congregations. Leading Congregational Change is a practical guide for congregational leaders that includes spiritual wisdom and its application from the best thinkers of our day."
Bob Buford, founding chairman, Leadership Network
"This book spotlights the universal principles for navigating the rapids of change between chaplaincy and mission. Identifying the simplicity--within the complexity--of this challenging leadership role, pastors and leaders learn how to go from hopeful to possible."
Herb Miller, editor, The Parish Paper