"We who love the church know we are in the wilderness. In this book, Gil Rendle describes that wilderness so we can understand how we got here. What's even better, he helps us find landmarks and paths that can help us find a better way. Any lay leader or clergyperson will find genuine support here- but first he or she will have a chance to understand more deeply the dimensions of the hole we have dug ourselves into." Loren B. Mead, consultant, teacher, founder of the Alban Institute, author of the Once and future Church
"Gill Rendle describes masterfully the mainline trek in the wilderness and identifies assumptions that no longer fit. Church leaders will recognize their experience of recent decades on every page. As insightfull as the description is, the power of the book comes in naming new paths out of the wilderness." Lovett H. Weems, Jr., author of church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, and Integrity
"A hope-filled book about the future of the mainline church by one of North America's most respected consultants. Rendle challenges leaders to embrace the wilderness, learn from it, and summon the courage to keep moving toward the promised land. This is a must-read book for pastors and denominational leaders." Janice Riggle Huie, Bishop, the Houston Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church
"Gil Rendle has long been a reliable guide for leaders navigating change in our culture and the church. Journey in the Wilderness is another invaluable piece of the map to help mainline church leaders seeking to discern God's vision for our future amid disorienting change." John Wimmer, Program Director, Religion, Lilly Endowment, Inc.
"Gil Rendle provides not only a descriptive understanding of how mainline churches got into the wilderness but also clues for their path forward. He does it with perceptive wisdom and hopeful steps for the journey. Journey in the Wilderness is a must read for leaders of congregations and denominational leaders who seek a new/ancient role for congregations." John R. Schol, Bishop, the Washington, DC Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church
"This book is gift of well-founded hope. Gil Rendle deftly describes the unique opportunities present within our wilderness experience and offers a clear perspective on the pathway for learning and relevant change we may find there." Tom Locke, President, Texas Methodist Foundation