Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change

by William Bridges, Susan Bridges. Da Capo Books, 2016.

Transitioning between the old and the new affects all congregations, and they feel it most profoundly when clergy leadership changes. Organizational consultant and author William Bridges says that “Change is situational,” and “Transition is a three-phase process [Endings, Neutral Zone and New Beginnings], that people go through as they internalize and come to terms with . . . the new situation.” Transitions require letting go, yet moving through them as changes occur within organizational life is crucial to making effective, lasting, and healthy changes. The fourth edition of this influential work explores these ideas and more while offering practical advice for managing organizational and personal change and transition. Quotes for reflection are sprinkled throughout. The five appendices include “assessing your transition readiness” and “setting up a transition monitoring team.” Bridges uses secular, business-based examples. This enlightening and helpful work is appropriate for all religious traditions.