In his book Kicking Habits: Welcome Relief for Addicted Churches, Thomas Bandy provided the ‘big picture’ of the five stages of congregational renewal and transformation. Similarly, in Growing Spiritual Redwoods, Bandy and Bill Easum provided new metaphors for change to help congregations break out of outmoded attitudes and assumptions, and described the nature of spiritual leadership necessary to grow spiritual giants that would change the face of the cultural forest. Yet there is another set of questions remaining to be answere, questions that pastors and church leaders frequently ask: ‘Where do we begin?’ and ‘Exactly how do we go about change?’ The characteristics of change, and the stresses that lie behind them, seem complex and monumental.
What are the first steps a congregation can take? Are there practical tools that have helped churches change? The purpose of this book is to answer those questions. Here are powerful processes and tools to help congregations identify their strengths, weaknesses, and addictions. These processes can help a congregation shift attitudes, deepen spiritual awareness, receive biblical visions, and shape ministries for the future.