All transition has three components. It doesn’t matter if you are moving to a new location, starting a career, or exiting puberty. For general terms you could name the components: body, soul, and relationships. Attention should be paid to each one; failed transitions and broken hearts are often the product of rushing the process and failing to do one or two components well.
Anger is one of Elizabeth Kugler-Ross’ 5 Stages of Grief , and as Scott Peck reminds us, grief is a part of every transition. Say, we lose our job. While adrift, we stew. “I gave the best years of my life…” In time, we move on to another career, or discover that God had a reason for it. We accept it as a blessing. Still, anger was a real stage in our transition. When someone we love dies, anger often lashes out at an innocent bystander. It is human nature to shoot the messenger. We may be excited about moving to a new neighborhood, but soon reality sets in.
Currently not available as an ebook - scheduled ebook release mid-2018
The Church Transition Work Book : Getting Your Church in Gear
When something traumatic happens to a church, how can the leadership of that congregation get back on their feet? This book talks about change and transition in simple terms. Using the analogy of a gearshift (PRNDL), this book offers a step by step process for church leaders seeking to restore their congregation back to growth and health. Pastor-Parish Committees will find this book helpful in guiding the transition between pastors.
Church Transition Workbook can be purchased directly from Bill Kemp for $10 plus $5 shipping/handling. Multicopy discounts available through firstname.lastname@example.org
The Church Transition Workbook: Getting Your Church in Gear is especially helpful for churches that are going through a crisis precipitated by:
the loss of a pastor under difficult circumstances, such as clergy misconduct or death
the moving or retirement of a long-term pastor or of a pastor who micromanaged the church or failed to empower the laity
the sudden loss of church membership or a church split
a long-term pattern of declining resources
a change in community circumstances or the church’s neighborhood.
Saulʼs Armor: Reforming Your Building and Organization for Ministry
How would you describe your church organization? If “agile” isn’t the first word that pops into your mind, then you may need to reform the way your church responds to change. Change? Most church organizations are not built to respond quickly to changes in their environment or shifts in their membership’s resources. How would you describe your church building(s)? If “functional” isn’t your first choice, then you definitely need Saul’s Armor. Keeping a congregation spiritually healthy and focused on its mission is a constantly moving target.
Saul’s Armor begins with the choice that David made to fight Goliath while wearing clothing that fit and carrying a weapon that rewarded his natural agility. Bill then provides five guiding principles for reforming your organization and restructuring your building use. The short chapters and exercises make this book appropriate for small group discussions. It is written to help laity and clergy get on the same page. It also contains practical tools for making your church more welcoming and your committees more future oriented.
Only in available in Print. Ebook and 2nd edition are being considered for 2019
Peterʼs Boat: Renewing the Vitality of Burned-out Church Workers
This book is a must-read for anyone serious about volunteering, or working for, the church. Packed with practical exercises and helpful illustrations, Peter’s Boat debunks some of the most dangerous myths about Christian service and provides a four step plan for recovering from burnout. Like the Apostle Peter, we often feel guilty about the wrong things in life. This guilt drives us to take on more than we ought to. This leads to a rat-race of unfulfilled expectations. Meanwhile we spend less and less time doing the things that make us feel fulfilled, appreciated, and empowered.
Written by a recovering Work-a-holic, Peter’s Boat speaks the truth about why so many church leaders, both lay and clergy, are burned out. It lays out in simple terms what we need to do for ourselves in order to stay healthy and enthusiastic. This short paperback is 104 pages long. Every chapter has a "Leadership Lesson" take-away and an Evaluation Exercise to reinforce the key insights.
Jonahʼs Whale: Reconnecting the Congregation with Mission
Is your church is living out its mission to make disciples? Do you example the love of God in your mission work? Using the biblical framework of the story of Jonah, this book offers six leadership lessons fo transforming the church into a community that makes a difference. This book challenges church es to answer the question: Would the world be a poorer place without my church?
Why missions should matter to the average church attender and how to get your people more enthusiastic about outreach. Also; how do you discover the unique form of mission work which is best suited for your church and location. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 paperback - 106 pages.
"I stongly urge every clergy and lay person desiring to claim God's mission where they live to form a small group and study this book together. It isn't about a fishy tale -- it's about a faithful future." - Julia Kuln Wallace, Church Consultant
Jesusʼ New Command: Rediscovering the Joy of Fellowship
How to build the fellowship life of a congregation and improve the vitality of the church’s small groups. Jesus’ New Command addresses the basics of his command that we love each other, and by our love, be known as his disciples.
This book offers practical tools to enhance the loving relationships within your congregation. Written for both lay and clergy church leaders, it helps unpack the baggage that keeps us from forming loving fellowships.
David's Harp:Returning Harmony to Conflicted Congregations
DAVID'S HARP uses the story of David and King Saul to talk about congregational anxiety and how it generates persitent conflicts in many congregations today. More than just a guide to conflict resolution, David's Harp helps church leaders, both lay and clergy, lower tensions and engage in the preventative maintenance needed for a healthy congregation.
David's Harp provides three guiding principles to encourage positive behavior and communication within a congregation:
1. Leaders should be non-defensive listeners
2. Healthy communication happens when everyone trusts the process
3. Having a good decision making process is more important than making any one decision right
Rather than blaming individuals for problems in the church, this book helps you to explore the deeper systemic causes. Solving current conflict should be seen in the perspective of how to mitigate future conflicts.
Holy Places, Small Spaces: A Hopeful Future for the Small Membership Church
This popular title has been sold out. Bill is looking for a cowriter to develop an updated 2nd Edition, possibly early in 2019. The second edition will have additional material and be available in e-book formats, as well as, print.
Going Home: Facing Life's Final Moments without Fear
Co-authored with Diane Kerner Arnett, this book of spiritual comfort and practical guidance answers the questions of Christians facing death about the security of their salvation and the reason for their suffering, feelings of guilt for craving relief, or concerns for those they will leave behind. An easy to read paperback of 140 pages, this book is designed to give terminally ill people easy access to the information that they need.
Kemp, a Methodist pastor, and Arnett, a reporter and cancer survivor, offer this guide to help Christians who have been diagnosed with terminal illness. In ultra-short chapters (kept brief so they can be useful to those who are fatigued by illness), the authors deal with many of the relational issues that the dying may be struggling with: How can I know that I'll go to heaven? Should I be preparing for death or holding out hope for a miracle cure? Why do I feel so alone, even when there are loved ones around me? How do I cope with the physical pain? How can I forgive others and myself? Why have some friends deserted me? How can I best help my loved ones get through this? Kemp and Arnett also address practical concerns such as wills, estate planning, organ donation and funerals; these chapters are helpful in an introductory way, but readers will need additional sources beyond this guide, whose most important contribution is spiritual. The book's final section walks readers through the final stages of life's journey, teaching readers how to pray for forgiveness of sins and thank God for the gift of life. The authors close out the book by providing poetry, prayers and quotations about death and heaven.
Print version currently In Stock - ebook will be available late 2018