Gear Up!

Nine Essential Processes for the Optimized Church

By Kay Kotan Published
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There are specific processes needed for a growing, competent, compelling congregation.In Gear Up!, Kay Kotan outlines nine areas of ministry where congregations must intentionally design a process. It is not enough to decide, “We are going to refocus in this direction.” Leaders must decide how and what steps they will take. Who will do what, and when? This concise and exceedingly practical new book can help.

“Kay Kotan has long enjoyed a well-deserved reputation among both laity and clergy as a passionate, positive change agent. In her new book, readers will find a rich synthesis of her time-tested insights and hands-on work with local churches of all sizes and circumstances. If your church has slipped into reverse or is stuck in neutral, Gear Up! can help get it driving forward!” —Jim Ozier, Director of New Church Development, North Texas Conference, UMC; author of Clip In and The Changeover Zone from Abingdon Press

“Gear Up! is packed with practical information and checklists designed to empower leaders and teams. This book should be handed to every church leader and board member so that they will understand the essential hows and whys of effective ministry in today’s complex world.” —Blake Bradford, Assistant Director for Clergy Development, Center for Vitality, Arkansas Conference, UMC

“This is a tactical, practical, nitty-gritty, boots-on-the-ground, systems-oriented book. It gives you a series of diagnostics to run on your church so that you can get on the road to faithful discipling.” —Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Bishop, Louisiana Conference, UMC

“Healthy systems lead to healthy churches. Gear Up! is a systems manual to help our churches be healthy so that we can fulfill our mission of making disciples who transform their community and the world.” —Kelly P. Brown, Director for Congregational Vitality, East Ohio Conference, UMC

“Kay Kotan understands that sustained growth depends on healthy systems. Gear Up! provides helpful insights and checklists to diagnose the state of your systems so that your church can ‘gear up’ for the long run.” —Phil Schroeder, Director of Congregational Development, North Georgia Conference, UMC

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"Is your church in a rut, stuck in first, seemingly going nowhere? With Gear Up!, Kay Kotan once again provides the tools and perspective to help your congregation get back into missional alignment. Kay has poured her years of experience coaching churches into this handbook for congregational leaders to get under the hood, assess the systems that make a church vital, and plan what needs to be tuned up so that the church can reach the community. Designed to empower leadership teams, Gear Up! is packed with practical information and checklists. Gear Up! should be handed to every church leader and board member so that they will understand the essential hows and the whys of effective ministry in today’s complex world."

Blake Bradford, Center for Vitality, Arkansas Conference, UMC

 


"Churches grow for a variety of reasons. Guidance from the Holy Spirit, great preaching, or a outstanding children's program can create growth for a season. Kay Kotan understands that sustained growth always depends on healthy systems. She has provided helpful insights and checklists to diagnose the state of your systems so your church can "gear Up for the long run."

Phil Schroeder, Director of Congregational Development, North Georgia Conference, UMC




 


"Don't risk stripping your gears; instead I invite you to read and engage yourself and your congregation in Kay Kotan's latest, Gear Up! She will walk you through nine essential gears necessary for your congregation's engine to hum. The book is a tactical, practical, nitty-gritty, boots-on-the-ground, systems-oriented book. It will give you a process to run your church through a series of diagnostics just as any fine automobile and get her on the road to faithful disciplining."
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Louisiana Conference, UMC


 


About the Author

Kay Kotan

Kay Kotan is a credentialed coach, church consultant, speaker and author. She serves on the Healthy Church Initiative Executive Team for the Missouri Annual Conference of the UMC. Kay resides in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband, Bob and son, Cameron.