Every once in a while a book comes along that is really packed with ideas. Way more often a book will have an idea or two…maybe even a few. Steering Through Chaos is one of the former. Packed is the best way to describe it.
The subtitle gives a very good overview of the content: “Mapping a clear direction for your church in the midst of transition and change.” Now that I think about it, that’s actually a pretty good mission statement for what Scott Wilson has pulled off in Steering Through Chaos.
Beginning with a chapter on turning points and transitions and ending with one on staying the course (endurance), the book is extremely readable. With no shortage of engaging stories that make point after point, this is a page turner…and one that you’ll end up making up, highlighting and folding down pages.
A feature that I found to be an added bonus was a collection of short vignettes from other ministries around the country. Larry Osborne, Dino Rizzo and Greg Surratt are a few of the better known. Equally engaging are monographs by John Bishop, Troy Gramling and Tim Stevens.
As I worked my way through the book I recognized hints and traces of practices and principles from books that have long been part of my library. What I appreciated about Steering Through Chaos is not its originality. Rather, I found it to be a great example of a handbook on ministry in the year 2010 when so much is at stake and up for grabs.
I love Wilson’s closing quote on the promo video: “To steer the church through the chaos of change and live to tell about it.”
If you’re looking for a resource that will help you navigate the challenge of transition and change…I highly recommend this book.