In his book Your Church in Rhythm, Bruce Miller offers novel insights about the predictable, God-created cycles and the unpredictable challenges that affect how every church grows and changes. Pastors who ignore these cycles are like mariners who pay no attention to the tides; people may go to sea with you, but they may not make port!
Busy pastors think a lot about how their churches need to change, but not as often about when the time is right for action. Miller provides ideas about how to understand natural cycles and the factors that affect them. Over time he tries to help a pastor understand how to ask and answer the question: what time is it at you church? He presents a substantial discussion of organizational stages. In addition Miller devotes chapters to seizing opportunities, releasing expectations and even about creating mission-enhancing rituals.
Miller makes a helpful distinction between predictable, repetitive cycles (cronos rhythms) and the unpredictable events that create rhythms of their own (kairos rhythms). The life of every church contains a mix of both. For every predictable Christmas season you also have the unpredictable death, divorce or ministry opportunity. Knowing the principles that Miller presents will help any church ride the waves and keep their ministry on track.
This book is personal and engaging in tone. Miller is candid about his own decisions and his own life. That transparency makes the book more fun to read.
Lots of books have been published over the last year about churches and change, but this one displays original thinking that sets it apart from the pack.