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Fixing Church 7.0: a Seven Week Study

Available in print or ebook
Short Study Guide

Fixing  Church starts at the beginning -- What did Jesus really say about Church? Why is his first message to a congregation all about blessing? How does my church bless me? Do I bless others when I spend my time in church? And most importantly, How can my congregation become Church with a capital C?

Designed for small group study

978-09997687-0-9 (print)

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Mary Sees All (Book 1)

350 pages - 86,000 words paperback or ebook
Bethany's People

Mary Sees All - the Race to Save Jesus from the Cross, is a fast paced historical fiction set near Jerusalem during the fateful week that Jesus was crucified. Mary has a unique point of view, a lyrical voice, and a gift for drama. Both outrageous and outcast, she is an unforgettable heroine in this, the first of three books about the residents of ancient Bethany.

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Three Questions that Church Leaders Must Ask

First of three questions

"To understand is hard. Once one understands, action becomes easy." (Sun Yat Sen)  This is especially true of the church. We may hope and pray for renewal, but until we understand what is holding us back, our every action is ineffective. Three questions have been proven effective in leading to both understanding and action:

1) What is the nature of the church?

2) Where is society taking us?

3) What does God call us to do? (our unique vocation).


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Vision Guiding Questions

There are three questions that guide the visioning process. They relate to nature, context, and mission. In this workshop, Bill Kemp shows how these questions developed by Ram Charan for the business setting can be translated for the church use. Asking the right questions is especially important for congregations in transition. The same questions phrased differently can help individuals set appropriate personal goals. The biblical and theological underpinnings of each question will be explored.
A guide for a prayerful discernment process in your congregation.

Finding Shalom Workshop

How to heal the past, be compassionate today, and nonanxious for the future
Intentional interim ministers have a tool box they use to bring Shalom to traumatized and conflicted congregations. That same tool box can helpful for individuals seeking Shalom. To find inner peace we must learn from our past, live compassionately in the present, and plan without anxiety for our future. This is more than simply a balancing act. One must develop a healthy decision making process. One must understand the roles and relationships that provide structure for our individual lives. One must find new ways to bridge conflicts and offer forgiveness.
How to heal the past, be compassionate today, and non-anxious for the future

Which Boat is Your Church?

To be a sailboat is risky
In San Diego there’s a boat museum with three old submarines tied to the dock. I was visiting the Russian Whisky Class submarine from the 1970s, when I noticed a beautiful sailboat tacking against the wind in the harbor. What’s the difference between these two boats? The sailboat is dealing with wind and current. It is taking risks. The Russian sub is securely fastened to the shore. It is a museum piece. I find that when I talk about the church in the postmodern world, the image of the sailboat resonates with only a few church leaders.

3 Parts of every Transition

To find Shalom we need to consider the needs of each part
All transition has three components. It doesn’t matter if you are moving to a new location, starting a career, or exiting puberty. For general terms you could name the components: body, soul, and relationships. Attention should be paid to each one; failed transitions and broken hearts are often the product of rushing the process and failing to do one or two components well.

5 Stages of Grief, Anger, & Psalm 137

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance
Anger is one of Elizabeth Kugler-Ross’ 5 Stages of Grief , and as Scott Peck reminds us, grief is a part of every transition. Say, we lose our job. While adrift, we stew. “I gave the best years of my life…” In time, we move on to another career, or discover that God had a reason for it. We accept it as a blessing. Still, anger was a real stage in our transition. When someone we love dies, anger often lashes out at an innocent bystander. It is human nature to shoot the messenger. We may be excited about moving to a new neighborhood, but soon reality sets in.

The Church Transition Work Book : Getting Your Church in Gear

help your church through its next transition
Discipleship Resources (Print Only)

When something traumatic happens to a church, how can the leadership of that congregation get back on their feet? This book talks about change and transition in simple terms. Using the analogy of a gearshift (PRNDL), this book offers a step by step process for church leaders seeking to restore their congregation back to growth and health. Pastor-Parish Committees will find this book helpful in guiding the transition between pastors.



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Currently not available as an ebook - scheduled ebook release mid-2018

Reality Check 101

New Paths for a Changing Church

Provides a process for congregational dialogue, as well as, a dozen execises for implementing change. Designed for use on goal setting retreats and for study groups meeting to chart a new cource for their congregation. The book can also be used to effect systemic change across the congregation.  



Kickstart Retreat

Bill presenting the three questions every church leader must ask

The goals that we adopt at charge conference and the hopes lifted up in council meetings rarely bring about real change. Like failed New Year’s resolutions, last year’s church plans go unimplemented. Instead of developing another mission statement that no one remembers, why not learn how to lead your whole church in a process of prayerful discernment? Workshop leader Bill Kemp is the author of Reality Check 101 and eight other books targeted at bringing about system-wide change in the local church.

This workshop helps church leaders, lay and clergy, to lead discernment and do vision casting in their setting. Aimed at helping churches get off of the roundabout.

Limited time deal on the Church Transition Workbook

When something traumatic happens to a church, how can the leadership of that congregation get back on their feet? This book talks about change and transition in simple terms. Using the analogy of a gearshift (PRNDL), this book offers a step by step process for church leaders seeking to restore their congregation back to growth and health. It also provides helpful scriptural understandings about transition, as well as, a guide for planning worship for congregations experiencing significant change.

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