CHANGE & The 4 Forces That Control Church Change #BobWhitesel #ChurchExecutiveMagazine

by Bob Whitesel Ph.D., Church Executive Magazine, March 2010, pp. 21-22. (Download the original article here:  ARTICLE_Four Forces-Whitesel (Church Executive Article) Changing a Church is Challenging! As a writer and professor of church management and growth, I have found that … Continue reading

CHANGE & A process model of church change as reflected in St. Tom’s Church, Sheffield UK

Bob Whitesel, D.Min. Ph.D., Associate Professor of Missional Leadership, Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, Journal of the Great Commission Research Network, Vol. 1, No. 2, Winter 2010. Abstract This article is an abbreviation of research originally presented to Dr. … Continue reading

CHANGE THEORY & Toward a Holistic, Postmodernal Theory of Change by @BobWhitesel

Excerpted from The Journal of the American Society for Church Growth (JASCG), Fall 2008, editor Gary McIntosh, DMin, PhD., La Mirada, CA: Biola University. Toward a Holistic and Postmodernal Theory of Change: The Four-forces Model of Change As Reflected in … Continue reading

CHANGE & A Comparison of the Major Theories of Change

Interplay Among Popular Explanations of Change by Bob Whitesel, 3/16/15. Below is a systematic list which describes how the different forces that control change are reflected in different theories of change. I let me students use this bibliographic list as … Continue reading

OUTREACH & A book review of Rebecca Manley Pippert’s follow-up to “Out of the Saltshaker” titled “Stay Salt.” #MustRead #ShareYourFaith

Book review by Sam Chan, Christianity Today, 6/29/20. … Pippert, of course, is best known for her classic book on evangelism, Out of the Saltshaker and Into the World: Evangelism as a Way of Life. First published in 1979, Out … Continue reading

SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION & Do 47 Percent of Christian Millennials Think Evangelism Is Wrong? – Part 1 #RickRichardson

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: My friend and colleague Dr. Rich Richardson of Wheaton College has penned an excellent analysis of recent data regarding the millennial generation’s uncomfortable relationship with conversion and spiritual transformation. To understand their quandary, read this important … Continue reading

CHANGE & Why it won’t happen unless you understand the important difference between “mission” & “vision.”

by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., excerpted from an address delivered to the Great Commission Research Network (GCRN), Asbury Theological Seminary, Oct. 19, 2017. “How Changing Generations … Change: Harnessing the Differences Between Generations and Their Approaches to Change.” Abstract This … Continue reading

SPRITUAL WAYPOINTS & How to help people at waypoints 10, 9, 8 & 7 (spiritual transformation)

Excerpted from Bob Whitesel, Spiritual Waypoints: Helping Others Navigate the Journey (2010). Personal Problem Recognition Waypoint Characteristics:  Signs of Travelers at Waypoint 10 Feelings of rejection or despondency that can result in depression and/or excessive self-reliance.  At this juncture the … Continue reading

SPIRITUAL WAYPOINTS & How to help others navigate some of the most important stages of faith #WaypointsBook

Excerpted from Bob Whitesel, Spiritual Waypoints: Helping Others Navigate the Journey (2010). Awareness of the Fundamentals of the Good News Signs of Travelers at Waypoint 13 Spiritual Curiosity.  Wayfarers at this point are usually inquisitive, curious, perplexed and frustrated by … Continue reading

CHANGE & Harnessing the Differences Between Generations & Their Approaches to Change

by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., an address delivered to the Great Commission Research Network (GCRN), Asbury Theological Seminary, Oct. 19, 2017. “How Changing Generations … Change: Harnessing the Differences Between Generations and Their Approaches to Change.” Abstract This article will … Continue reading

SERMON & 1 Purpose + 3 How-tos = a growing, going church (Matthew 28:19)

by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 5/14/17. “The “great” purpose, goal, commission, charge.” In your… > going, meet their needs daily (prepare the soil) “attendant circumstance participle = !” (an aorist participle preceding an aorist main verb) > teaching them something … Continue reading

MEASUREMENT & The Goal of the Great Commission: To Make Disciples

“Chapter 8: MEASURE” is excerpted with permission from ORGANIX: Signs of Leadership in a Changing Church (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2011), pp. 139-156 (copyright by Bob Whitesel). Let’s break through to the real reasons for growth or non-growth… Let’s put diagnostic … Continue reading

SUB-CONGREGATIONS & LifeWay Interviews Bob Whitesel on How Large Churches Can Reap Benefits of Smallness

When Big Goes Small: How Large Churches Are Learning From Those With Less by Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends, LifeWay, 3/29/16. …In the last five years, the typical megachurch’s main sanctuary decreased in size from 1,500 seats to a median … Continue reading

THEOLOGY & A Theology of Ecclesial Change

by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 12/22/06. Abstract An earlier ethnographic survey of 12 Christian congregations that were largely led, staffed and populated with adults between the ages of 22 and 35, was designed to uncover synergies and strategies that might … Continue reading