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The Changeover Zone: Successful Pastoral Transitions

by Jim Griffith Jim Ozier

How clergy and congregations can navigate the tricky transition from one pastor to the next. The Changeover Zone addresses a critical and perennial need in the church: the process of handing the baton of pastoral leadership from one person to the next. Authors Jim Ozier and Jim Griffith offer practical, clear instructions and guidance for both clergy and congregations. They provide detailed sections especially for clergy who are taking over from a founding pastor and for those replacing long-tenured pastors. The book is packed with real-church examples, helpful tips and tactics that have been proven successful. This resource will expertly guide pastors, supervisors, and congregations in nearly any church setting or denomination. I just love this quote from the book: "How fast you run will keep you in the race; how well you hand off will win it". Over the next 10 years we will see one of the largest pastoral leadership transitions in our history. How well we handle this hand-off to the next generation may well determine our future. The Changeover Zone is timely, helpful and insightful as we approach these transitions in leadership. Every personnel committee, pastor, judicatory leader, district superintendent and bishop should read this book before approaching any major leadership changes. --Bob Farr, Director of Congregational Excellence, MO Conference, UMC; author, The Necessary Nine The Changeover Zone provides a roadmap for how to make healthy pastoral transitions, especially in churches making their first transition or first transition in a long time. This book will help you learn how to not only survive a church pastoral transition but how to thrive and gain momentum through the transition. We have utilized this roadmap in East Ohio and it works. I recommend this book to anyone involved with pastoral transitions at any level. --Kelly P. Brown, Director of Congregational Vitality, East Ohio Conference, UMC A great resource for pastors and churches who are going through transitions. I love how the change in a church pastor is seen not as an event, but as more of a process and from various key perspectives. This will be a valuable tool for my coaching with pastors and churches who are entering a season of transition. --Ken Willard, leadership coach, certified church consultant, and author, Time Management for the Christian Leader When our church learned that both long tenured pastors were leaving at the same, we knew we needed expert help. Jim Ozier led our leaders in a workshop based on The Changeover Zone to prepare us for this scary change. In this book the authors use sound biblical footing to show you what to do and how to do it, as you go through a pastoral change. --Cheryl Lee, SPPR Chairman, Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Suffolk, VA The action plan for the 100 days before and after a change of pastors (the Changeover Zone) is brimming with time-tested wisdom. Pastors, churches, and supervisors will be prepared to not only minimize the pain and confusion that comes with pastoral transitions, but actually maximize the potential for growth and new life in congregations. --Ken Irby, Shreveport District Superintendent, Louisiana Annual Conference, UMC This book is filled with insight and excellent counsel. I have been using the authors' advice on making a great handoff for several years. You will nod your head as you read, and say, Of Course. Keep nodding. It will make a difference in raising up stronger leaders and building reproducible systems. And that's what we all want. --Cathy Townley, Townley Coaching FINALLY! A simple, straightforward way to think about an essential part of ministry - transitions. Transitions can make or break a ministry and too often they happen without the purposeful thought that can make them successful. Whether your context is a new start pastor moving on or a long tenured pastor receiving a new appointment, this book will be your comprehensive guide in the process of ending well and starting strong.- Rev. Nicole Reilley, Director of New Ministries, Cal-Pac Conf...

The Official eBay Bible Second Edition

by Jim Griffith

America's official eBay Ambassador shares his humor, know-how, and matchless eBay expertise in this newly revised edition of the authoritative guide geared to both the beginning bidder and seller, as well as the professional entrepreneur. Whether it's just a desire to make some extra money, buy the latest set of golf clubs, or start a new business, people around the world "do it eBay." With a community of more than one hundred five million people around the world every day, eBay is the World's Online Marketplace. In this definitive resource, ultimate eBay insider Jim Griffith--A.K.A. Griff--tells you everything you need to know to become a successful buyers and seller and to navigate the changes and improvements being introduced to the eBay website in 2004-2005. In this indispensable manual--authorized by eBay and featuring the very latest formats, screen shots, protocols, and etiquette--the eBay Guru of online auctions provides a comprehensive blueprint for: Navigating the Web site and new eBay features Placing a bid Putting items up for sale Starting and running your own successful eBay business Plus: Changes and additions to eBay procedures and policies Tricks of the trade from successful eBay buyers and sellers Strategies for safe, secure, hassle-free eBay buying and selling Tips and shortcuts for even the most technologically challenged Case studies and success stories of people whose lives have been changed by eBay Whether you're a first-time user or an online pro, The Official eBay ® Bible is the only guide you need to shop and sell with the best of them.

The Official eBay Bible, Third Edition

by Jim Griffith

Jim ?Griff? Griffith, eBay?s official ambassador, presents the definitive sourcebook on all things eBay, for beginners to seasoned users alike. Uncle Griff, Dean of eBay Education, brings us the latest on all things eBay with the only officially endorsed and authorized guide to this phenomenal auction site. The Official eBay Bible has sold more than 150,000 copies in previous editions and eBay today is bigger than ever, with 203 million registered users and 541,000 official eBay stores nationwide. The Official eBay Bible, Third Edition is fully revised and totally updated with all of the latest changes to the site, making all previous books on eBay obsolete. Much more than a user?s guide, The Official eBay Bible, Third Edition includes the inspiring stories of real-life buyers and sellers, as well as tips and tricks on some of the powerful, but little-known aspects ofusing the site. This definitive sourcebook includes instructional plans for users of all levels, whether they?re running a small business through the site or simply enjoying it as a hobby. New features in the thirdedition include: a new streamlined organization, images of all the latest features and screens, and even more information for small-business owners. Packed with over seven hundred illustrations, The Official eBay Bible, Third Edition delivers the ultimate word on eBay, from an insider who has been there from the beginning.

Ten Most Common Mistakes Made by New Church Starts

by Jim Griffith Bill Easum

Griffith and Easum draw from decades of personal experience in planting new churches and consulting with supervisors and planters in new church starts. Having reduced their vast experiences down to ten points that account for the great majority of failures among church planters, each point the authors provide give examples of failures caused by the particular mistake and ways to avoid the mistake. They speak in special sidebars to coaches and supervisors, showing them how to work with church planters to avoid the mistakes.

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