Transitions: Leading Churches Through Change
Edited by David Mosser
Westminster John Knox, 2011, 248 pp., $20.00

There are few pastoral challenges more pervasive yet more perplexing than leading a church through change. Preaching is one of the pastor’s key tools in guiding a congregation through change, yet there have been few resources to aid in that specific task.

Thus, David Mosser’s new volume Transitions: Leading Churches Through Change is a welcome addition to the homiletical literature. In the volume, Mosser has compiled the work of 31 preachers—mostly mainline pastors and professors—to address a variety of issues relating to leading through change.

Among the contributors to this helpful volume are David Buttrick, Henry and Ella Mitchell, Sidney Greidanus, Tom Long, Frank Thomas, Ron Allen, Carol Noren, John McClure, and other insightful authors.

Along with the practical counsel to pastors, the preacher who reads this volume also will find some interesting seeds for future sermons. This will be a useful book for many pastors dealing with the inevitable challenges of change.

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About The Author

Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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