It is one thing to prescribe what must happen in congregations to bring about renewal. It may be quite another thing to actually motivate a congregation to make the necessary changes. Peter Coutts digs deeper into congregational change with this important book about motivational theory. Teeming with examples gleaned from his many years as a church coach and adjunct professor in McCormick Seminary’s DMin. Program, Coutts begins with an introduction to motivational theory and then moves to the actual practice of motivational leadership. He defines leadership as the “stewardship of the well-being of a community in the present and for its future.” This is followed by a description of the leadership process. This includes readiness, the Discovery Step, the Dialogue Step, the Deliberation Step, Dealing with Dissent, and the Deployment Step. This book should be of interest to a wide range of congregations seeking renewal. This book would be helpful to congregation in both the mainline and conservative traditions.
Reviewed by Brian Witwer