10 Prescriptions for a Healthy Church Workbook

By Bob Farr, Kay Kotan Published
Paperback ISBN: 9781630885755 $10.99 Buy
The Ten Prescriptions for a Healthy Church Workbook can be used with leadership teams, small groups, and staff to power-boost the book’s ideas in your own church context.

In Ten Prescriptions for a Healthy Church, authors Bob Farr and Kay Kotan offer the top ten prescriptions for issues seen during church consultations. Farr and Kotan share their expertise from working with churches to detail the most common concerns and obstacles found when consulting with congregations.

In their conversational style, Farr and Kotan offer a practical approach to fixing common problems, offering strategies sure to help congregations achieve success in specific areas of ministry. Proven success stories offer application, hope, and practicalities from benefiting congregations.

The Ten Prescriptions for a Healthy Church Workbook provides the critical next step. Church leaders can use this resource with their teams, small groups, and staff to power-boost the book’s ideas in their own church context. The workbook is formatted to function as an individual study, too.

The Ten Prescriptions for a Healthy Church:

  • Creates conversation starters for group discussion or personal reflection
  • Poses powerful questions, which can lead to honest and authentic reflection and evaluation
  • Encourages group participants to process the information together, increasing understanding and commitment
  • Stimulates calls to action, increasing the likelihood of real and sustainable change in the congregation


Nobody is better than Bob and Kay at explaining the concept—and the specifics—of ‘prescriptions’ that can improve local church health. Very few people have spent more hours in church basements, parlors, and sanctuaries across the country helping churches diagnose—and overcome—the real-life problems they face. Leveraging years of experience and insights, this book is an easy-to-use, instrumental tool for clergy and laity in churches that are willing to take definitive steps toward a new future.”

—Jim Ozier, church consultant, coach, speaker; author, Clip In: Risking Hospitality in Your Church

“Bob and Kay have so much experience. They get it: the types of changes most churches need are not new. The pathway to health is not flashy. Basic, steady, strong: that is what you find in this very useful material.”

—Cathy Townley, worship and church planting consultant and coach, Minnesota Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church

“I love the way this book addresses issues of mission, vision, worship, hospitality, outreach, and other important matters and offers concrete, pragmatic practices to fulfill these without compromising the gospel. This is a refreshing new guide for pastors and laity.”

—Tex Sample, Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Professor Emeritus of Church and Society, Saint Paul School of Theology, Leawood, KS

About the Authors

Bob Farr

Bob Farr is director of congregational excellence in the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church. Frequent speaker and seminar leader, he is also the author of Get Their Name and Renovate or Die: 10 Ways to Focus Your Church on Mission, both co-authored with Kay Kotan, published by Abingdon Press.

Kay Kotan

Kay Kotan is a credentialed coach, church consultant, speaker and author. She serves as the Director of the Center for Equipping Vital Congregations for the Susquehanna Conference of The United Methodist Church.