Transitioning

 
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A biblical look at how to steer a congregation in a new and exciting direction aligned with God’s unique purpose for them. Transitioning is written to help church leaders and their congregations successfully navigate change and discover that the rewards far exceed the risk. Drawing principles from the book of Nehemiah, Southerland maps out an eight-step strategy for moving from being a traditional, ministry-driven church to a purpose-driven church. Transitioning illustrates practical, field-tested concepts with examples from the Bible and Southerland’s own experience. A detailed workbook section with fill-in-the-blanks, scripture passages, and action steps helps pastors and their leadership teams convert knowledge into reality.

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Dan Southerland is one of the pastors of Next Level Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also the founder and director of Church Transitions, an organization that trains pastors and church leaders to effectively manage change. He has trained over 100,000 pastors and church leaders in the past seven years, and is one of the leading experts on implementing the purpose-driven paradigm in existing churches.

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Transitioning Copyright 1999 by Dan Southerland First Zondervan Edition 2000 Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Southerland, Dan. Transitioning: leading your church through change / Dan Southerland. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN: 0-310-24268-1 (softcover) 1. Church growth. 2. Church renewal. I. Title. BV652.2 .S59 2000 253-dc 21 96-086314 All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked NKJ are from The New King James Bible, Copyright 1984. Scripture quotations marked LB are from The Living Bible, Copyright 1971. Scripture quotations marked ASV are from The American Standard Version Bible, Copyright 1946. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means --- electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other --- except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Permission is given to reproduce any of the outlines and materials in the workbook section of this publication (pages 173--239) for use in your local church only; not for resale or publication. Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 * 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 We want to hear from you. Please send your comments about this book to us in care of zreview@zondervan.com. Thank you. Step 1 Preparing For Vision In my family, we grew up with a standard vacation plan. Every year we would drive from whatever part of Texas or Oklahoma we were living in at the time to the same lake in Arkansas where we would go tent camping. And we would spend every waking moment skiing, swimming, fishing, and motorcycling. Taking a family of six on a two week out-in-the-woods style vacation was not a small venture. Although the journey to our destination was not long (five--six hours), it took weeks of getting ready. It was such a major change in lifestyle to transition from the suburbs to the lake shore that it took some very deliberate preparation to pull it off. Vision is not just a destination; it is a journey Preparation is a major part of vision. The reason lies in the essence of vision itself. Vision is not just a destination; it is a journey. Vision is not just a product; it is a process. Vision is not just the finish line; it is the whole race. Any business guru can tell you that research and development is a major part of producing a winning product. Any athlete knows that winning the competition begins with training. Any seasoned traveler can testify that front end preparation is vital to a successful trip. Paul captured the essence of vision when he wrote these words: 'No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.' 1 Corinthians 2:9 For our eyes to see God's vision, for our ears to hear God's voice, and for our minds to conceive of God's plan, we must spend time in major preparation. Before we can receive God's vision for His church we must prepare for vision. God's vision for your church is big stuff so the preparation for that vision must be big stuff as well. Our plans versus God's vision I love this verse about vision: Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 This verse was written with today's church in mind. Today, our churches tend to have many plans. They have numerous programs and multifaceted ministries. Never before in history has the church tried to offer so much. Yet I wonder if most of our churches have discovered God's vision. Have they found the 'purpose that prevails'---which is God's purpose? I believe that the numerous plans that we come up with won't get the job done. Only God's plan will prevail. What is vision? Henry Blackaby's study, Experiencing God, is nothing short of life changing for those who have been through it. The essence of Blackaby's work can be boiled down to one idea: see what God is doing and join Him. Rather than asking God to bless our plan and our vision, we must see what God is doing around us and join God in His plan and His vision. What is vision? Vision is a picture of what God wants to do. Vision is a picture of what God will do in His church if we get out of His way and turn Him loose to do it. So the process of vision is the process of joining God in what He is doing and wants to do in His church. As a junior in high school, I was part of a youth mission trip to a small church in Idaho. When we arrived, the girls were taken to homes for lodging while the boys set up quarters in the church building. The only problem with this arrangement was the lack of a place for the boys to shower and clean up. After a few days this problem was becoming apparent to anyone within several hundred yards of the boys. So our youth pastor asked the pastor of the host church where the boys could clean up. He informed us that just beyond the tree line at the edge of the church property was a beautiful, crystal clear river that flowed straight down from the mountains and that we were welcome to bathe there. That discovery changed the entire trip. Every day thereafter the boys would spend a few minutes of much needed fun and refreshment (and odor improvement) in that river. I have thought often about that river over the years. I am convinced of this truth: the river of what God wants to do is flowing nearby every one of our churches if we will just discover it and get immersed in it. God has a river of vision for each of His churches---and most of us are not even aware it is there. Vision is an active process, an ongoing process. It is a continual search for what God is doing and wants to do. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJ) Unfortunately, in many of our churches, we have changed that verse to read like this: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is an old creation; new things have passed away; behold, all things have become old. (Modern Church Perversion) This translation would be especially liked in those churches who cling to the seven last words of a dying church: 'We never did it that way before.' But churches who are vision driven are more attached to a present tense version of this verse: Therefore, if anyone stays in Christ, he is a renewed creation; old things keep passing away, and all things keep becoming new. That is vision. Vision is the active process of following a dynamic God---which means we must keep dreaming and keep visioning to keep our churches, ministries, and personal lives from perishing. The art of spiritual surfing One of the finest books ever written about vision and purpose is Rick Warren's book The Purpose Driven Church. Rick opens his book with an analogy about spiritual surfing. Spiritual surfing has three parts: * See the wave of what God is doing. God is at work in the world today in major ways. You must first see what God is up to and wants to do in your community. Have you seen those pictures within a picture? The kind you must stare at for a while before you can see the real but hidden image? Vision is the same idea. Anyone can see the obvious stuff. But what is God doing behind the scenes? * Catch the wave of what God is doing. After you spot the wave you must catch it. That in itself is no small feat. It takes timing, courage, and skill.

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