Who Stole My Church? is a book that’s both the same as, and different from, other books on transitioning churches.
That’s not particularly helpful, so let me explain. It’s the same as other books because it covers some of the same ground: changes in culture, life cycles of organizations, the history of musical innovation within the church, and the bell curve that divides people into innovators, early adopters, early majority, late majority, and laggards. This is helpful information, but it’s ubiquitous. But that’s not the unique contribution of this book.
Who Stole My Church? is different from any other book I’ve read on transitioning churches because it’s a story, or parable, of real people who resist change in dialogue with an older pastor who leads them in processing what’s happening. I said that they’re real people, but I need to make it clear that this is a fictional book. But they’re real in the sense that I’ve met every single one of them. In fact, sometimes I had to put this book down and shake my head. Was MacDonald spying on the church I pastor a few years ago? MacDonald writes as someone who knows how people struggle with change within a church. He’s been there. I wish this book had been written ten years ago. As a work of fiction, it’s very true to life.