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Preparing for Change Reaction: How to Introduce Change in Your Church
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Preparing for Change Reaction: How to Introduce Change in Your Church


WPH 2007

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This practical guide is designed to be used by church leaders with their boards as a tool for negotiating needed changes effectively. Author Bob Whitesel compellingly makes the case that new methodology can and must be embraced without altering a church’s beliefs or mission. He then offers a series of exercises to be undertaken jointly by church leaders that will result in the production of a master plan for managing change in the local church. Your team will:

  • Understand which changes threaten a church’s identity—and which do not
  • Identify the church’s core values and non-negotiable beliefs
  • Anticipate the ten most common reactions to change
  • Develop a workable plan for introducing change in your church

Whether you are just beginning or are a veteran of the ministry, Preparing for Change Reaction: How to Introduce Change in Your Church is the perfect guide for improving the quality, focus, and effectiveness of your ministry. With the Logos edition of Preparing for Change Reaction: How to Introduce Change in Your Church, you have easy access to Scripture texts, along with a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Hovering over Scripture references links you instantly to the verse you’re looking for, and with passage guides and a wealth of other tools from Logos, you can get into God’s Word and discover biblical insights on church leadership like never before.

Key Features

  • Presents tools to negotiate with other church leaders
  • Identifies non-negotiable beliefs and core values
  • Provides practical steps to plan and introduce change in your church


  • Part 1: Church Change
    • Change Reactions
    • Why Is Change so Difficult to Manage?
    • Do Churches Need to Change?
  • Part 2: A Biblical Theology of Change
    • God Is Unchanging in Four Areas
    • When God Changes
  • Part 3: Unchanging Character, Changing Methods
    • The Pattern of Parenting
    • How to Create Statements of Change Boundaries
    • Go Slowly, Build Consensus, and Succeed
  • Part 4: Church Change in the Future
    • Train for Change
    • Stay Connected to Those You Serve

Praise for the Print Edition

Bob Whitesel makes it seem so simple. Armed with these helpful principles, church leaders will have the tools they need to successfully implement change in the most difficult situations. I highly recommend this book!

Stan Toler, author, The Five Secrets of an Exceptional Leader

Bob Whitesel is the key spokesperson on change theory in the church today. If you wish to introduce a biblical process of change in your church, Preparing for Change Reaction is the book for you!

Gary L. McIntosh, professor of Christian ministry and leadership, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA

Church leaders will welcome this insightful resource. Finally, we have a solid teaching for change agents in the church.

—Kent R. Hunter, president, Church Doctor Ministries, Corunna, IN

When properly controlled, change will help your church make miraculous advances. But uncontrolled, change can become a destructive inferno. Preparing for Change Reaction is a Boy Scout’s guide to the proper understanding and constructive use of change.

—Charles Arn, president, Church Growth Inc., Glendora, CA

You should read anything that Bob Whitesel writes because he is totally committed to carrying out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ as well as meeting the challenge of contemporary worlds. Because culture is changing we should be Preparing for Change Reaction.

Elmer L. Towns, co-founder, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

Bob Whitesel brings fresh thinking, strong clarity, and engaging concepts to the subject of change in the church . . . A most helpful book in helping churches thrive and survive.

—Ronald E. Keener, editor, Church Executive Magazine, Phoenix, AZ

By page twenty-five of this book, I was suddenly seeing why change had not worked in our church community, and by page 45 I was setting up meetings with members to search for tactical leaders. It is revolutionizing the way we are approaching God’s call upon our community.

—Rebecca Ver Straten-McSparran, director, L.A. Film Studies Center

Product Details

  • Title: Preparing for Change Reaction: How to Introduce Change in Your Church
  • Author: Bob Whitesel
  • Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 224

Bob Whitesel

Bob Whitesel is professor of Christian ministry and missional leadership at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University and President of C3 International (Creative Church Counseling). He is a sought-after writer, speaker, consultant, and lecturer on the emerging organic church, church management, and church growth.