A couple of months ago, I was given a book to read and asked to write a review about it. The title of this book grabbed my attention almost immediately. This book was Who Moved My Pulpit? Leading Change in the Church by Thom Rainer.
I have read many of Thom Rainer’s books before. I like his style of writing and topics that he predominantly writes about. I took the the challenge of reading this book on with enthusiasm.
Change is necessary in any organization or living being. One cannot stay the same and expect that everything will just go like it should. Living things must change and grow to reach their potential and to reach more people. @ThomRainer has said himself, “Change is urgent because the gospel is urgent.” I could not agree any more.
The church of Jesus Christ has the most important task in the history of the world: sharing the gospel with the world. In order to accomplish this task, the church must grow with the culture. The message of the church (the gospel of Jesus Christ) must NEVER change. The methods by which we use to share the gospel with our communities and around the globe MUST change at certain times. This is because the means of communication change over time. If the church does not change and adapt to clearly share the gospel with the world around it, then it will fail at carrying out the Great Commission.
In Who Moved My Pulpit, Thom Rainer seeks to provide church leaders with a resource to help them lead their churches through change in a healthy manner. Rainer first shows that there are different types of “unmovable church members.” Then he moves into what I would call an 8-step process. He spends a full chapter with each of these steps.
The appendix to the book is called a “Church Readiness Inventory for Churches.” I truly think that this might be the best part of the whole book. This is a series of questions that can help a church leader see where their church stands and how willing/ready they are for needed change.
When I first read this book, it took me all of 3 days to finish it. I did not want to speed-read through it, but really see what all it had to say and process it. I found that this is a great book for church leaders to help them in a much needed area of ministry… especially in our ever-changing culture. I want to see churches around the globe fulfilling the Great Commission at their fullest potential, and I believe that Who Moved My Pulpit is a great tool to help make that happen.
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