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Transforming Congregations Through Community

Author : Boyung Lee
ISBN : 9780664233303
Genre : Religion
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In this helpful book, Boyung Lee offers an encouraging vision of the mainline church’s future. Lee grapples with some of the greatest challenges facing the mainline church, offering compelling responses to recurring questions: What does faithfulness to the gospel look like in this changing world? What is our distinctive voice in the larger society? How does theological education have to change if it is to serve the needs of a new century? Lee argues that the church’s future is a promising one if the church can offer a richer and deeper definition of community—one that moves beyond the excessive individualism of western culture and that helps mainline Christians understand their solidarity with one another and with all of God’s people. Lee further explores the crucial role of faith formation at the congregational and seminary levels. More than mere schooling, theological education must engage all aspects of educators’ and students’ lives to prepare seminarians for the challenges that lie ahead. While not dismissing the mainline church’s challenges, Lee offers congregational leaders and seminary educators a vision of a church transformed for the 21st century.

Transforming Congregations

Author : James Lemler
ISBN : 9780898698183
Genre : Religion
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How can our patterns of congregational life and mission renew themselves and adjust to changing culture without selling out what Episcopalians stand for? How can local faith communities stay resilient and hopeful? What styles and practices of spirituality do most to enrich our mission? These are some of the questions James Lemler poses in this book on mission for clergy and congregational discussion. As with evangelism, there is both good and bad news about Episcopalians and mission. Lemler also provides a variety of models for moving forward in mission and hope, to a more abundant future.

Congregation Community

Author : Nancy Tatom Ammerman
ISBN : 0813523354
Genre : Religion
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Change--in population, economy, and culture--is sweeping through American communities. Corner groceries are stocking new foods. New roads are being built and Main Streets abandoned. Schools have come and gone, and old friends move away as strangers arrive. But in every community, no matter how volatile, religious institutions provide for their members places of moral guidance and spiritual nurture, civic participation, and identity. How do congregations react to significant community change? Why do some religious institutions decline in the face of racial integration while others adapt and grow? How do congregations make sense of economic distress? Do they provide havens from community upheaval or vehicles for change? Congregation and Community is the most comprehensive study to date of congregations in the face of community transformation. Nancy Ammerman and her colleagues include stories of over twenty congregations in nine communities from across the nation, communities with new immigrant populations, growing groups of gays and lesbians, rapid suburbanization, and economic dislocations. With almost half of the nation's population attending religious services each week, it is impossible to understand change in American society without a close look at congregations. Congregation and Community will exist as a standard resource for years to come, and clergy, academics, and general readers alike will benefit from its insights.

Transforming Congregational Culture

Author : Anthony B. Robinson
ISBN : 0802805183
Genre : Religion
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Argues in behalf of transforming main-line congregations into "missional communities," which will give hope to declining churches in the twenty-first century.

Letting Go

Author : Roy D. Phillips
ISBN : 9781566995764
Genre : Religion
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Interlude 1 The ``Letting Go'' Interludes From Membership to Ministry What They Come Hoping For For the Life of the Spirit Members as Consumers Professional Spiritual Care Providers The Training of Ministers Evoking the Ministry of the LaityInterlude 2 Letting Go of Numbers as Proof of Success Letting Go of the Sacred/Secular Split Jesus on Letting Go The Poet Emily Dickinson on Letting Go Letting Go While Sounding a Warning A Personal Prayer for Letting Go From Entitlement to Mission Entitled to Influence Inadequate Missions Vision Evokes Mission Mission Discernment Review and Outcomes Two Theologies of Congregational Life Assets of the Community A Community of Gifts Dancing the Missional Outcomes An Outcomes Matrix Interlude 3 Letting Go of Solo Pastoring Letting Go of Being the Instructor A Chinese Philosopher Speaks of Letting Go in Leadership Letting Go of Ministry as Entitlement Letting Go of Being the Wise One From Education to Spiritual Development Early American Origins of Spiritual Development Early Influence of the Idea of Spiritual Development Spiritual Development in Congregations Today Outcomes Who Will Lead? Exploring Scripture toward Spiritual Growth ``The Basics'' Looking Ahead and Finding Ways to Share Interlude 4 A Catholic Mystic on the Divine Seed Letting Go of ``For Adults Only'' Religion Letting Go into Images Letting Go Inwardly---An Exercise Letting Go Inwardly---An Exercise Continues 1 Letting Go Inwardly---An Exercise Continues 2 The Artist Philip Guston on Letting Go Jesus on Letting Go From Diversity to Engagement Creative Interchange Structured for Conflict? Tolerating Each Other Beyond Tolerance of Diversity to Engagement Mutuality Other Ways of Reflecting Together A Call Forward Interlude 5 Letting Go of Unilateral Power Letting Go into Non-Anxious Leadership The Poet Mary Sarton on Letting Go The Poet Philip Booth on Letting Go Notes

Transforming Congregations For The Future

Author : Loren B. Mead
ISBN : 9781566996822
Genre : Religion
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In this third volume of the Once and Future Church Series Loren Mead focuses on what he sees as the age-old call of the church - living and breathing the good news promise of spiritual transformation for all to see. He explores how we as the church may need to change as institutions and as individuals within institutions. Anyone who has read The Once and Future Church will want to explore the next step as Mead challenges us to examine the transformations inherent in God's call to renew His church.

Renovate Or Die

Author : Bob Farr
ISBN : 9781426715860
Genre : Religion
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Bob Farr asserts that to change the world, we must first change the Church. Rearranging the pews, painting the fellowship hall, or paving the parking lot are just not enough. With clear language and practical tips, this book will inspire and help you organize your church for new life. Learn how to grow your church and discover the commitments that leaders must make to guarantee the fruitfulness of local congregations.

The Spirituality Of Welcoming

Author : Ron Wolfson
ISBN : 9781580232449
Genre : Religion
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Synagogues should be effective and relevant centers of Jewish life but too often the focus is on programs not people, on revenue not relationships. The end result is frequently a corporate atmosphere where membership lacks commitment, core leadership and spiritual fulfillment. In this empowering, practical guide, Dr. Ron Wolfson shows you how to transform your synagogue congregation into a sacred community by focusing on strategies for successful change. Using a case-study format for creating an inviting spiritual center, Wolfson defines the welcoming congregation and the fundamental materials that are involved in building one. He addresses the services a welcoming congregation should provide, the themes the congregation should focus on, and the standards that a vital spiritual community should uphold. Tapping into his experiences as co-developer of Synagogue 2000, the transdenominational project designed to envision and implement the ideal synagogue of the spirit for the twenty-first century, Wolfson also provides essential problem-solving tools that you can use to alleviate roadblocks along the way.

Transforming Scripture

Author : Frank Wade
ISBN : 9780898695946
Genre : Religion
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At once a travel guide and a vision for the future, this is a new series for the Episcopal Church at a time of fast and furious social and demographic shifts. It analyzes our present plight, sketches a positive way forward, and points to the seeds of change transformative practices already at work renewing the church. What church models are most ready for transformation? What are the essential tools? What will give us strength, direction, and purpose to the journey?

Vital

Author : Jorge Acevedo
ISBN : 9781426769856
Genre : Religion
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What behaviors do highly vital congregations have in common? How can all congregations move toward greater vitality? In Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World, Jorge Acevedo passionately and effectively reveals how Grace Church in Cape Coral, Florida, has developed behaviors that result in vital and fruitful ministry. Focusing on spiritual pastoral leadership, lay leadership development, worship, small groups, and service and mission, Acevedo both inspires and coaches. He helps leaders of congregations act in their own contexts to develop behaviors essential to vitality, as identified by the recent study of 32,000 United Methodist congregations. The book includes brief summaries of learnings from the research and stories from other congregations illustrating vital behaviors in different settings. Approximately 15% of the 32,228 churches (4,961 churches) scored high in vitality based on the vitality index. What this means is that 15% of our churches have figured out some way to remain highly vital in spite of the fact that 85% have not. What this means is that we cannot assign all the blame for our congregational demise at the feet of the “institution” of the church. 4961 congregations have figured out ways to prevail in spite of our denominational condition. To me this is hopeful and promising! This book is my best attempt for us to learn from the 15% of United Methodist Churches that are vital, growing and prevailing. Jorge Acevedo

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