ISBN: 967-1-61638-654-2 | List Price: $16.99 | Format: Softcover and Kindle | Page Count: 192
Changing Churches describes, through the eyes of one couple the difficult journey that “church switchers” travel—a journey often precipitated by disruptive church changes. The book encourages Christ-like transformative change in churches rather than man-devised makeovers.
76 % of "church switchers are mature Christians according to a Lifeway study. I looked down on "switchers" until I became one. Then I learned how painful this journey is. My book, Changing Churches will:
• Give pastors and leaders an empathic understanding of church switchers, facilitating assimilation.
• Help church switchers grieve their painful journey and resolve historic baggage, enabling them to fully engage in their new church.
• Broaden members understanding of church changes and the need for prayerful change.
• Teach members how to winsomely witness, bringing friends into the church.
• Inspire members to serve in ministry and missions,building up the church.
Dottie Parish brings a seasoned counselor’s wise viewpoint and the soft heart of a child of God to her first book called Changing Churches: A View from the Pew.A longtime resident of the greater Cincinnati area, Parish holds a Master of Social Work degree from Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University.
She has more than 30 years of professional experience as a counselor at two family service agencies as well as in private practice. Her experience included diagnosing and treating individuals representing a wide variety of problems, socioeconomic backgrounds, and ages as well as short and long term therapy. Her private practice included individual, marital and family therapy with special interest in helping couples resolve marital differences.
She organized and led The Third Option educational group for married couples from 1996-2007 – in two locations
Parish also wrote a weekly advice column, “Family Counselor,” for more than fifteen years for the Hamilton Journal News, Hamilton, Ohio.
Dottie Parish is a wife, mother and grandmother and she loves Jesus and His Church. Her current devotion to God and His church stems from extreme misgivings about drifting away from God and church after graduate school. She and her husband lived for decades without faith. Their return to faith in 1990 begins the journey described in Changing Churches.
Dottie blogs on a variety of subjects at http://www.faithnotes-dottie.blogspot.com and on Marriage and Family issues on www.taberstruths.com. Stop by and check them out.
You can also visit with Dottie on her Author's Website or get to know her on Facebook.