How to Hit the Ground Running

A Quick-Start Guide for Congregations with New Leadership

Neal O. Michell

Sep/2024, 256 Pages, Paperback, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640657342

The definitive guide to changes in congregational leadership, revised to reflect the needs of today's church
Designed for the clergy and lay leadership of congregations in the midst of transitions, this volume offers a quick start guide to help clergy and lay leadership with topics from defining mission to developing effective decision-making processes. How to Hit the Ground Running contains a program for an effective leadership change that begins one month before a transition and continues for the first eighteen months of a new pastor, priest, or rector’s tenure.
With this revision, author Neal Michell has updated the text throughout to reflect current concerns of church leaders, including more coverage of leadership in small congregations and approaches to empowering lay leaders. Designed in a user-friendly format, the volume includes step-by-step guidance and exercises to ensure that, rather than being stalled and directionless, a period of transition is dynamic and purposeful.

An Episcopal priest and consultant for congregational development, Neal O. Michell has served as the Canon to the Ordinary and Canon for Strategic Development in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. A former practicing attorney, he has been a priest at churches of various sizes in Texas and in Tennessee, where he planted a church in Germantown that grew rapidly. He has led vestry retreats and workshops, focusing on vision-casting and leadership development. He holds a D.Min. in Church Growth from Fuller Seminary, where he researched contemporary Anglican worship. He has also gone on short-term mission trips to Ukraine, South Africa, Mexico, and Honduras. He is the author of How to Hit the Ground Running: A Quick-Start Guide for Congregations with New Leadership and Beyond Business as Usual: Vestry Leadership Development, in addition to numerous articles. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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