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Changing Churches


Changing Churches is a unique and critical look at the different types of churches, members, those coming an d those going! I personally love chapter 9, Ideas for the Shepherds! The authors insights and ideas are priceless! The information in this book can be helpful to members considering leaving their church and people looking for a church. The instruction for Shepherds and sheep is valuable in this changing culture. In a time when people come and go – in and out of churches, I have found little material available to help in every situation.  Dottie Parish has compiled that information into one instruction manual for the churches today. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a church, ready to leave a church, or the Shepherd of one!

The very personal notes and comments gives the reader a better understanding of the conflict leavers feel and the discontent that leads up to it. The common sense answers and suggestions have the potential to keep some members from leaving, and to assist those who are determined to leave an idea of what they are looking for.

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Author BIO:

Dottie Parish brings a seasoned counselor’s wise viewpoint and the soft heart of a child of God to her first book called Changing Churches: A View from the Pew.

A longtime resident of the greater Cincinnati area, Parish holds a Master of Social Work degree from Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University.

She has more than 30 years of professional experience as a counselor at two family service agencies as well as in private practice. Her experience included diagnosing and treating individuals representing a wide variety of problems, socioeconomic backgrounds, and ages as well as short and long term therapy. Her private practice included individual, marital and family therapy with special interest in helping couples resolve marital differences.

She organized and led The Third Option educational group for married couples from 1996-2007 – in two locations

Parish also wrote a weekly advice column, “Family Counselor,” for more than fifteen years for the Hamilton Journal News, Hamilton, Ohio.

Dottie Parish is a wife, mother and grandmother and she loves Jesus and His Church. Her current devotion to God and His church stems from extreme misgivings about drifting away from God and church after graduate school. She and her husband lived for decades without faith. Their return to faith in 1990 begins the journey described in Changing Churches.

Blog: Dottie blogs on a variety of subjects at and on Marriage and Family issues on


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