CNLP 054: Jud Wilhite With Practical Help on Transitioning a Church

The vast majority of churches in Western culture are not church plants, they’re churches that need to be transitioned.

Jud Wilhite gives an exceptionally honest and helpful explanation of how he transitioned Central Christian Church in Las Vegas from success…to even greater success, sharing lots of transferable principles.

Welcome to Episode 54 of the Podcast.


Guest Links


Central Christian Church

Leading and Loving it

Jud on Facebook

Jud on Twitter

Links Mentioned in this Episode

The Orange Tour

Gene Appel

Bill Hybels

Willow Creek

Martyn Loyd Jones

Andy Stanley

Clay Scroggins

Rick Warren 

Dr. John Walker

Leadership Pain: The Classroom for Growth

Things You Can Do Right Away

Whether you’re transitioning into a church of 50 or 5,000, the process is often turbulent. Jud Wilhite shares his insights on the conflicts he encountered and how he handled changes with grace and patience.

  1. Hold to your sense of calling. Statistics said that Jud wouldn’t make it through the first year, and in fact, he says that he and his wife left boxes packed in their garage. But despite the odds that were against him, he said that he continued to listen to God and follow His calling. He kept a humble spirit, stayed faithful and continued to learn. He focused on loving others, building relationships and listening to those he trusted.
  2. Focus on the health of your board. You need to listen to the framework of where the church is coming from and where the people are coming from. And keep an open ear for some key things, such as gossip and hidden agendas. Your board will watch your back and stand with you. If you keep the board behind you, you can get through anything. If you’re healthy at the top, you’ll be healthy throughout your ministry.
  3. Brace yourself for the inevitable exit ahead. During a transition, you can expect things to get messy. People are going to leave, and feelings will get hurt. Remember that it will get the worst as key leaders friends leave, but stay committed to the vision, mission and course of action you agreed on together.

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  2. Jon Perrin on September 27, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Great interview! I appreciate his transparency, and the depth of your questions (and follow-up questions). This is the other side of the church transition coin to Jeff Price’s situation (successful vs plateaued church – CNLP 048). These interviews are exceptional… keep ’em coming! BTW, I ordered the book… can’t wait to read it.

  3. Zachary Verbracken on September 24, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Loved this episode. Jud just seems like such a humble and genuine guy. Great leadership content… one of the best yet.

    I love that Jud has patience in his leadership process…. and he’s making decisions that will take 1,2, even 4,5 years to really see them begin to shape the church as a whole… And it’s rare to see someone who’s willing to make long term decisions and not just try to shortcut everything for the quickest results… because those results won’t sustain.

  4. JeffandJanell Sumner on September 24, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Wow! What an incredible episode. Thanks for inviting Pastor Jud to share regarding transition for the church. This is exactly where our church is. So many helpful things I am looking forward to sharing with our leadership team.

  5. Joe Robideaux on September 23, 2015 at 11:36 am

    You didn’t oversell this one at all. Awesome. One of the best interviews yet.

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