Church Turned Inside Out: A Guide for Designers, Refiners, and Re-Aligners

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 28, 2009 - Religion - 240 pages
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A design-thinking book for planting or redesigning churches and incubating a new generation of leaders.

Written by Linda Bergquist and Allan Karr, two experienced church planters and mentors, the book is full of wisdom, practical advice, and creative counsel. Instead of a business-model-as-usual approach, the authors challenge readers to begin with the raw materials of beliefs, values, individuals, teams, and culture, and to then move outwards to draw from a rich palette of real and potential church paradigms. This book is meant to provoke church leaders to think outside of the box and to imagine how their churches might better reflect the image and the mission of God in the world. 

  • Contains a wealth of illustrative examples, charts, and other visual aides
  • Offers a creative practical perspective and a multi-disciplinary approach to establishing a new church or leading an existing one
  • Shows how to honor a church's purpose while embracing its unique culture
  • Includes important lessons for nurturing church leadership skills
 

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Contents

A Guide for Designers Refiners and ReAligners Chapter 1 THE ONCE AND FUTURE CHURCH
1
A Guide for Designers Refiners and ReAligners Chapter 2 ACKNOWLEDGING SELF
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A Guide for Designers Refiners and ReAligners Chapter 3 CULTIVATING COMMUNITY
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A Guide for Designers Refiners and ReAligners Chapter 4 PATTERNS THAT HONOR GOD
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A Guide for Designers Refiners and ReAligners Chapter 5 DESIGNING AROUND BELIEFS
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A Guide for Designers Refiners and ReAligners Chapter 6 RELEASING COMMUNITAS
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A Guide for Designers Refiners and ReAligners Chapter 7 DESIGNING IN CULTURE
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A Guide for Designers Refiners and ReAligners Chapter 8 EMBRACING CULTURE
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A Guide for Designers Refiners and ReAligners Chapter 10 DISCOVERING CONGRUENCY
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A Guide for Designers Refiners and ReAligners Chapter 11 ORGANIZING BY DESIGN
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A Guide for Designers Refiners and ReAligners Chapter 12 A NEW WAY OF ORGANIZING
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A Guide for Designers Refiners and ReAligners NOTES
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A Guide for Designers Refiners and ReAligners ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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A Guide for Designers Refiners and ReAligners ABOUT THE AUTHORS
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A Guide for Designers Refiners and ReAligners Index
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Copyright

A Guide for Designers Refiners and ReAligners Chapter 9 A PALETTE OF MODELS
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About the author (2009)

Linda Bergquist has been a church planter and church planting teacher for twenty-five years. She also has experience in the area of church consultations and urban ministry to the poor and assists her husband, who is a ministry center director in the Lower Haight district of San Francisco.

Allan Karr is currently an associate professor of missional/church planting at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and a practitioner of church planting and community development. Allan has also served for ten years as a national missionary of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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