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Choosing Change: How to Motivate Churches to Face the Future Paperback – Aug 5 2013

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (Aug. 5 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566994373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566994378
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.3 x 22.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #682,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Knowing about motivation, resistance, and human behavior can make the difference between squandering and embracing a future requiring change. Peter Coutts has provided a text rich in ideas, practices, and strategies that can open a fruitful future. (Gil Rendle, senior vice president, Texas Methodist Foundation; author of Doing the Math of Mission: Fruit, Faithfulness, and Metrics)

In an engaging combination of theory and story, Coutts addresses the vexing question, ‘How do we actually get there?’ If you are guiding change in your faith community, this needs to be on your shelf. (John-Peter Smit, Congregational Development Consultant, Presbyterian Church in Canada)

The necessary science of motivation helps a pastor help a church to move from here to there, and from now to then in fulfilling its part in the mission of God. Choosing Change unlocks the keys to motivation, which unleashes the church to act with wisdom and
boldness. (Rev. George A. Mason, Senior Pastor, Wilshire Baptist Church)

Coutts’s work is profoundly pastoral, savvy in its approach to change, and grounded in a rich variety of disciplines. It makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of congregational change. (Deborah J. Kapp, Edward F. and Phyllis K. Campbell Associate Professor of Urban Ministry, McCormick Theological Seminary)

About the Author

Peter Coutts has twenty-six years of congregational experience, including church planting and as lead minister of one of Canada's largest Presbyterian congregations. He has taught congregational revitalization as an adjunct professor in the D.Min. program at McCormick Seminary in Chicago. Currently Peter divides his time between coaching congregational pastors and leaders in 13 Presbyterian congregations in southern Alberta, and executive coaching and consulting in both congregational and business settings. Visit his website at

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