Theories of change and theories of changing1 are insufficiently studied, hence often inadequately understood by the ecclesial academy. The few theories that are available are based on an author’s experience with singular process model developed from similar homogeneous contexts. However, the present author, reflecting on case studies over a ten-year window, strengthens the argument for a holistic, eight-step model as first developed by John P. Kotter at Harvard University. Whitesel argues that the eight-step process model is resident and visible in ecclesiological change. He then suggests that the requisite change objective for many churches will be a heterogeneous, multicultural model, which will intentionally or unintentionally follow one or more of the five classifications.
Whitesel, B. (2017). Eight Steps to Transitioning to One of Five Models of a Multicultural Church. Great Commission Research Journal, 8(2), 212-222. Retrieved from https://digitalarchives.apu.edu/gcrj/vol8/iss2/7