In this new study, veteran pastors Dan Cash and Bill Griffith tackle the reality of the changing Christian church in a rapidly shifting culture by turning to Scripture to explore eight paradigm shifts in the history of Christs gospel and its birth of the church. Beginning with Jesus parable of the new wineskins for new wine, Cash and Griffith suggest that God is inviting todays church leaders to consider new ways of being the Body of Christ in the world. Perfect for an 8-week study in small groups or Bible studies, the chapters identify a key shift in the New Testament narrative and a related dynamic of change with its relevance for local congregations and their leaders. The eight topics explore:New WineskinsBell curve of changeIncarnationTypes of changeBorn AgainObstacles to changeKingdom ManifestoProcess for leading changeOld & New CovenantsDifferent approaches to changeResurrectionNo quitting in the face of changePentecostTriggers of changeEverybody WelcomeRate or pace of change
Change in the church is difficult, in part, because commonly we stand too close to understand how and why to move ahead. Authors Cash and Griffith do a masterful job of the necessary weaving of scriptural insight, application of the human sciences, and guidance for reflection that supports change. This is a resource worthy of the time and conversation that will lead to missional change.Gil Rendle, retired, Senior Consultant of The Alban Institute and The Texas Methodist Foundation
William H. Griffith is a retired hospice chaplain having been on the staff at Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona, and Hospice of South Central Indiana. A 35 year veteran of pastoral ministry, he holds both Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees. His studies have focused on grief recovery, pastoral counseling, and preaching. Dr. Griffith is also the author of the Judson Press book More Than a Parting Prayer: Lessons in Care-Giving for the Dying. He is available for conferences, seminars, or workshops to address the issues of grief and care-giving for the dying. Visit his website at www.wmgriffithbooks.com and contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel M. Cash, DMin, currently serves as Senior Pastor of The First Baptist Church of Columbus, Indiana. He has over twenty-five years in pastoral and regional ministry. Dan served as an Area Resource Minister with the American Baptist Churches of Indiana and Kentucky for eight years, consulting with churches and facilitating pastoral leadership groups. He continues to teach a course on Leadership through the Church Leadership Institute of ABC/IN-KY.
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