by Rob Campbell
After you read Joel’s new book, Planting Churches That Reproduce, consider picking up a copy of Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges. Here’s why I suggest you read this book. It seems to me that the cell church is constantly and consistently in a state of change and transition. A cell multiplies. A cell dies. Three new cells are launched. A new Celebration service begins. Joe the cell leader no longer desires to lead. Mary the lawyer has a passion to begin a cell. I trust you get the point.
Transitions is not a spiritual read; yet, it’s worth checking out because of the holistic discussion on the topic.
Here are a few tidbits:
Change is situational. Transition, on the other hand, is psychological.
All transitions are composed of an ending, a neutral zone, and a new beginning…Every transition begins with an ending. We have to let go of the old thing before we can pick up the new one– not just outwardly, but inwardly, where we keep our connections to people and places that act as definitions of who we are.
Think of transition as a process of leaving the status quo, living for a while in a fertile “time-out,” and then coming back with an answer.