Members of the CEF Communities of Practice group on Ministries in Transition spent their conference sessions discussing change in the church. These are their top recommendations:

Transitions, by William Bridges

Whether it is chosen or thrust upon you, change brings both opportunities and turmoil. Since first published 25 years ago, Transitions has helped hundreds of thousands of readers cope with these issues by providing an elegantly simple yet profoundly insightful roadmap of the transition process.”

Running through the Thistles: Terminating a Ministerial Relationship with the Parish ,  by Alban Institute books

 “Can how you leave a church affect your feelings about leaving or create baggage you take to your new congregation? Gain insight into termination styles and how they affect both you and your parishioners. Using real-life illustrations, Oswald guides you through Alban Institute research findings to help you prepare for a departure.

I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church, by Paul Nixon

God has called all leaders–lay and clergy–to lead healthy, GROWING congregations. In this best-selling, highly- readable book, church-growth expert Paul Nixon outlines six critical choices every congregation must make

Christianity for the Rest of Us, by Diana Butler Bass

For decades the accepted wisdom has been that America’s mainline Protestant churches are in decline, eclipsed by evangelical mega-churches. Church and religion expert Diana Butler Bass wondered if this was true, and this book is the result of her extensive, three-year study of centrist and progressive churches across the country.

Sacred Acts: How Churches are Working to Protect the Earth’s Climate, edited by Mallory McDuff

From evangelicals to Episcopalians, people of faith are mobilizing to confront climate change. This unique anthology brings together stories from all over North America of contemporary church leaders, parishioners, and religious activists who are working to define a new environmental movement, where honoring the Creator means protecting the planet.