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When a pastor leaves a church, ministries are often disrupted and members drift away. If the congregation is already struggling, this can be a time of great upheaval. In Next two leading researchers, William Vanderbloemen and Warren Bird, share insider stories from dozens of churches as well as offer trustworthy advice so you can plan long-range to avoid difficulties.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 080100571X
ISBN-13: 9780801005718

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Every church and ministry goes through changes in leadership, and the issue is far bigger than the wave of pastors from the Baby Boomer generation who are moving toward retirement. When a pastor leaves a church, ministries are disrupted and members drift away. If the church is already struggling, it can find itself suddenly in very dire straits indeed. But the outcome doesn't have to be that way.

What if when a pastor moved on, the church knew exactly what to do to find a suitable replacement because a plan and a process had been in place for some time? While there is no simple, one-size-fits-all solution to the puzzle of planning for a seamless pastoral succession, Next offers church leaders and pastors a guide to asking the right questions in order to plan for the future. Vanderbloemen, founder of a leading pastoral search firm, and Bird, an award-winning writer and researcher, share insider stories of succession successes and failures in dozens of churches, including some of the nation's most influential. Through case studies, interviews, and real-time research, the authors demystify successful pastoral succession and help readers prepare for an even brighter future for their ministries.

Author Bio

William Vanderbloemen (MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary), a former pastor, is president and CEO of Vanderbloemen Search Group, the leading search firm specifically focused on connecting churches and ministries with the right leadership for their teams. He and his wife, Adrienne, live in Houston, Texas, with their seven children and two poodles.

Warren Bird
(PhD, Fordham University) is research director for Leadership Network, the nation's leading catalyst for helping innovative church leaders move from idea to impact. An ordained minister, he teaches at Alliance Theological Seminary. He is also author or coauthor of twenty-six books. He and his wife, Michelle, live in a suburb of New York City.

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  1. Medway, Ma
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A book every church board should read
    February 26, 2015
    bruce
    Medway, Ma
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Next: Pastoral Succession That Works.
    Very helpful in expressing areas that should be reviewed so your church can remain healthy and experience a successful transition. Our Pastor is the central leader and when he is called or leaves for any other reason, transitions are difficult. This book provides insight on how to more effectively help the church move through these times of change.
  2. Midwest
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The importance of being proactive...
    November 10, 2014
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Next: Pastoral Succession That Works.
    SUMMARY:

    Eventually every church has to experience change, specifically the changing of the Pastor. William Vanderbloemen and Warren Bird suggest being proactive in the succession rather than reactive. Through conversations, acceptance, reality acknowledgements, and generational difference admissions, Next leads the way to a church being truly prepared for change

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    It is going to happenthere is going to be a pastoral change in every church. Being ready, or at least cooperative, can help and/ or save a church great distress. Next is a very timely book sharing the differences in generations (half-time Pastors, career changes, Baby Boomer retirements), future options, and the necessity of honest and direct conversations. The three sections of the book clearly define important issues from planning, to being the exception and to transitioning. I appreciated the fact that the goal of this publication is to formulate an idea for the church and make sure most everyone is comfortable with the facts, allowing the church to hold its direction and experience a smooth procession. Interesting enough, these concepts could also be applied to life situations as well.

    RATING:

    5 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of Next from BakerBooks for my honest review*
  3. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    Not the best
    October 26, 2014
    Burley Gwaltney
    Quality: 5
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This review was written for Next: Pastoral Succession That Works.
    The books back includes reviews from Rick Warren, John Ortberg, and Mark Batterson, that in itself tells me a bit about the book. My biggest criticism here is that it seems to be a bit pragmatic. Heres some strategies that work. No real foundation is laid down Biblically, or historically for what Pastoral succession should look like. It feels like a practical/pragmatic management handbook. This book is for pastoral succession what John Maxwells books are for leadership. I received a free copy from Baker in exchange for my review
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