Bringing change to churches is a daunting challenge. Two noted church leaders, a pastor and a professor, have collaborated to reveal the seven basic keys to institute change in the life of a congregation. Here is practical advice for everyday church folks who are committed to working out transformation to the way things have been done in their church body.
Richard W. Rouse serves a Senior Pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Phoenix, AZ. Prior to being called to Prince of Peace, he served as Executive Director for Church Relations and Continuing Theological Education at Pacific Lutheran University for twelve years. He has also served as the Director of the Institute for Clergy and Congregational Renewal and is a Certified Spiritual Director. Richard Rouse has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and has had his story of forgiveness and healing reported in USA Today
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Craig Van Gelder is professor of congregational mission at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he resides. Previously he taught at Calvin Theological Seminary as professor of domestic missiology.