(Rochester, NY) – “The Promise of Narrative Change: Living Why to Thrive” written by the Rev. Dr. Carson O. Mouser breaks new ground for congregations entering a time of pastoral transition or wanting to initiate change for congregational renewal or transformation.
Narrative Change blends the process of change, the emotional response to change and storytelling to guide individuals, families, congregations, and other organizations to answer the “why we exist and who are we” identity and purpose questions while discovering practical ways to intentionally live God’s call as agents of positive change in their communities.
Dr. Mouser’s experience as an interim pastor, a pastor leading congregational transformation, a storyteller and teacher combined with his study of the change process, the emotional responses to change, and family systems dynamics has led to the creation of this practical and tested process for leading change.
“Narrative Change is a process that challenges congregations, families and other organizations to discern how the stories they tell about their lives define who they are, why God has created them and has called them to a particular ministry and how their life stories are woven into biblical stories deepening their understanding of who they are and why God has created them to serve God’s people in the world using the unique gifts and abilities God has given them, “said Dr. Mouser.
“Rather than thinking they are like every other congregation, family or person, those who engage Narrative Change discover their uniqueness that is the key to living their reason for being for a thriving and fulfilling life,” Dr. Mouser said.
At the same time, because stories are flexible and hold multiple meanings they have the ability to be retold with different emphasis leading to deeper and changing meanings that congregations, individuals, families and other organizations can use as they seek the new ministries and purposes God is calling them to pursue, which often leads to a new identity and an expanding purpose as those who engage Narrative Change let go of traditions, events and ways of doing ministry that no are longer meaningful, so they can walk the new path for ministry God is calling them to do.
“The Promise of Narrative Change: Living Why to Thrive” includes not only the explanation of what Narrative Change is but also contains the practical application of engaging the Narrative Change process. The book is available from www.Amazon.com or from the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, Dr. Mouser is available to present Narrative Change to interested congregations as well as to consult with congregations entering the interim time between settled pastors or congregations seeking congregational renewal or transformation. He may be contacted at the website http: www.creativechangesolutions.org.