Who Moved My Pulpit? may not be the exact question you’re asking. But you’re certainly asking questions about change in the church—where it’s coming from, why it’s happening, and how you’re supposed to hang on and follow God through it—even get out ahead of it so your church is faithfully meeting its timeless calling and serving the new opportunities of this age.
Based on conversations with thousands of pastors, combined with on-the-ground research from more than 50,000 churches, best-selling author Thom S. Rainer shares an eight-stage roadmap to leading change in your church. Not by changing doctrine. Not by changing biblical foundations. But by changing methodologies and approaches for reaching a rapidly changing culture.
You are the pastor. You are the church staff person. You are an elder. You are a deacon. You are a key lay leader in the church. This is the book that will equip you to celebrate and lead change no matter the cost.
The time is now.
Through social media, blog comments, e-mail, and
other means, I receive several hundred requests for
advice and counsel every month. I am humbled so
many people would ask me for my counsel. But I am frustrated
that I can’t get to all of them.
But it was something about this e-mail that caught my
attention. Indeed, there was something about this e-mail that
prompted me to write this book.
Subject: A Plea for Help
I am a pastor and I’m about to give up. I have
incredible seminary training where I learned about
theology, the Bible, Greek, Hebrew, etc. But I know
zero about dealing with conflict or leading the church
to make some changes. Every time I try something, I
get hit hard by critics and bullies.
My wife wants me to quit. She feels the pressure
too. Some of the critics go after her, but most of
her pain comes from watching me get hurt. She has
cried herself to sleep too many nights. When we got
married, she didn’t know I would be a pastor one
day. I didn’t either. I’m not so sure I should be now.
I’m not sure how to ask for your help. I have too
many questions. About all of my practical ministry
training has come from the school of hard knocks
and your blog and podcasts.
I guess what I need most is an A to Z plan on leading
change in my church. Okay, I know that’s asking too
much. But maybe you could write your next book
on this topic. I know many of us in ministry would
benefit from it greatly. And I know I could share it
with my elders so they would know what we are
trying to do.
Yeah, this is a pretty bold request, but please
prayerfully consider it. I’m not sure how long it takes
you to write a book and get it on the shelves, but
I know I don’t have much time left. It looks like I
could be facing three possibilities in the next couple
of years. The likely change is we will continue to
decline to the point the church can’t afford to pay
me a salary. Another possibility is I will get fired.
Right now I have more supporters than adversaries,
but I don’t know how long it will last. The most likely
option is I will just give up.I am tired. My wife is tired. I never thought church
leadership would be like this.
Please, please consider helping us church leaders
understand how we can lead a church to change
when we have so many obstacles.
Please help me. I think you can help a lot of us.
Please help us before it’s too late for many of us.
This book is for that pastor. This book is for all pastors
seeking to lead their churches to change. This book is for
church staff and lay leaders who want to make a positive contribution
toward leading change in the church.
Now let’s dive into the book and to that fateful Sunday
when a pastor cried out:
“Who moved my pulpit?!”