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Transitioning the Church: Leading the Established Church to Reach the Unchurched [Kindle Edition]

Zach Williams

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Is the church primarily for the churched or the unchurched? How do church leaders transition an established church to reach the unchurched? Zach describes one of the biggest problems in many established churches: They have lost their drive to reach the unchurched. This book reveals how the problem perpetuates because of church leadership. Too many church leaders are content with an inward focus.

Zach identifies how leaders can help established churches transition from an inward focus to an outward focus. Transitioning is one of the most important characteristics a church can have because it involves the mission of Jesus, to take those who are hurting and lost and give them life.

About the Author

Zach Williams is the lead pastor of First Anna in Anna, TX. He is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University. He has served churches in Nashville, TN and Abilene, TX. Prior to entering the ministryin 2001, Zach worked at Dallas Baptist University as the Assistant to the Senior Vice President. Zach is an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University in the College of Christian Faith. Zach and his wife Ashley have 3 children: Ava, Jackson, and Pierce.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 350 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Rainer Publishing (4 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H4IM8EC
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2.0 out of 5 stars Underdone 7 Jan. 2014
By Aaron Carpenter - Published on
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This book contains a great idea, but both book and idea could stand a little longer in the oven.

The author admits that what he writes is based on 11 years in 4 churches and that the real success, on which this book is based, is in the fourth church. He also admits that the real "transitioning" in that fourth church began before he became the pastor. (In fact, it may have begun before his predecessor became the pastor.) Frankly, this seems to be scant experience from which to write a book, describing a process that the author admits is quite painful. Actually, at times, it feels like he's describing a war zone, which leaves the reader wondering what happened to those previous two pastors!

But this is unclear, as is much else in the book. Unfortunately, the book sometimes suffers from things like typographical errors, poor sentence structure, and lack of paragraph cohesion. At times, I wasn't sure if I was reading a research paper, blog post, or transcribed sermon. These weaknesses made for some difficult reading, as did the lack of specificity when the author was giving advice. I suspect that the author wisely avoided giving specifics because he is describing a current, or at least very recent, situation. Which makes the book seem far more like a memoir than a "How To..."

Summary of the book: Jesus loves the lost, and your church should too. You'll need to rely on the Spirit to lead them there, and you'll make a LOT of enemies along the way. But it will be worth it.

See? Great idea. Just poorly written. I wouldn't mind reading a book about the same thing by the same author when he has been in the same place for 10 years and written about 100 pages more. With a good editor, of course.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read before starting a transition 1 Jan. 2014
By Ryan - Published on
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Zach does a great job of laying out some basics of what a transition will take. I also appreciate his honesty in letting us know that this will not be easy. Churches who need to transition should have their leaders get this book and read it before beginning. They need to know. I also am glad to see that Zach deals with the spiritual aspect of transition. As a pastor who has recently taken a church through transition I can say that this is the most important aspect of it.
3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed 18 Jan. 2014
By adam - Published on
I enjoyed reading this book. I appreciate the honesty. My take away is the sobering reminder that targeting the lost will often motivate the "established" to leave. I liken it to "white flight". To be in God's will might mean that numbers and money will decrease at your church. Huge growth may not be the result however kingdom growth no doubt will.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Content, Underwhelming Execution 15 Jan. 2014
By Jeremiah Nichols - Published on
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The book is pretty helpful and encouraging for me as a Youth Pastor in a well established church. It is filled with encouraging reminders about the purpose of ministry and the need to remain faithful to one's calling as a shepherd; however, while the content of this book is worth reading, it not an easy read at all. As mentioned in an earlier review, this book is equally filled with typos and distracting format errors. Had this book gone through an Editor or a second round of proofreading, it would have merited a higher rating.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 11 Jan. 2014
By David Poupard - Published on
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Well thought out and to the point. Solid and biblical. I hope to put these concepts to work soon in our Church.
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