Big Shoes to Fill – Stepping Into a Leadership Role… Without Stepping in It     

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Big Shoes to Fill – Stepping Into a Leadership Role… Without Stepping in It*

By: Gavin Adams

Zondervan Reflective, 2024 

Listening Length 7 hours and 47 minutes 

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In 2008, Gavin Adams became pastor of 200 member Watermarke Church near Atlanta, Ga. The church was slowly dying and had $400 in the bank. Twelve years later, and after a number of transitions including a name change to Woodstock City Church, the congregation grew to an average attendance of over 8,000 weekly. He now leads his own organizational and church consulting business, helping others manage leadership transitions well and assisting them in adapting to 21st century culture.  

This book provides leaders with a step-by-step process for effectively stepping into an inherited leadership role and also provides guidance for teams adapting to these transitions. 

The author argues that no matter how qualified you are, it can feel like an impossible juggling act to manage expectations in major transitions. Abundant, practical guidance is provided for building trust and learning from existing team members while implementing changes. 

Topics explored include:  

  • Reducing the time it takes to transition from positional authority to relational influence. 
  • Understanding the tensions associated with stepping into new leadership spaces. 
  • Creating a learning environment that expedites trust. 
  • Guiding leaders and team members through the emotional demands of change.  
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