Questions for the Twenty-first Century Church

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Russell E. Richey, William Benjamin Lawrence, Dennis M. Campbell
Abingdon Press, 1999 - Religion - 343 pages
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"It is fitting that on important issues United Methodists hold a variety of opinions. It is also fitting that these opinions are discussed widely and at every level of the church. However, to date, much literature of this nature on The United Methodist Church has been replete with answers and supposedly simple solutions to complex problems. With this volume, the editors and contributors offer to the church badly needed policy-oriented research that identifies the issues but refrains from superficialities and too easy resolutions." "This offering of policy essays hopes to encourage further reflections of the same kind within the church at large."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Contents

Introduction
1
Does Methodism Have a Future in American Culture?
9
What Is the Future of Music in United Methodism?
24
Is a Holistic Evangelism Possible?
38
What Is the Character of Methodist Theology?
45
Can United Methodist Theology Be Contextual?
51
Will the City Lose the Church?
62
Does United Methodism Have a Future in an Electronic Culture?
79
Has United Methodist Preaching Changed?
168
Are Extension Ministries an Opportunity to Reclaim a Wesleyan
175
Is There a Better Way to Elect Bishops?
186
What Style of Leadership Will Our Bishops Embody and Model?
194
What Is the Common Discipline for Local Churches?
219
Are the Local Church and Denominational Bureaucracy Twins?
232
How Do Caucuses Contribute to Connection?
242
Is United Methodism a World Church?
258

Why Cant United Methodists Use Media?
91
Is Division a New Threat to the Denomination?
105
Russell E Richey
175
Is There a New Role for Lay Leadership?
119
Who Will They Be? How Will They Emerge? To What
132
Persistence or Change?
140
Has Our Theology of Ordained Ministry Changed?
151
Will Homosexuality Split the Church?
271
Is There a Crisis in Church Finance?
280
Mission or Market?
287
What Difference Do the Size Site and Style of the Annual
301
End or New Beginning?
313
Contributors
321
Copyright

About the author (1999)

He is Associate Dean of Academic programs and Professor of Church History at the Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina.

William B. Lawrence is dean and professor of American Church History at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University (Dallas), where he has served since 2002. Dr. Lawrence is an ordained elder in the North Texas Annual Conference. He is the author of" Sundays in ""New York" and "Methodism in Recovery", and he has co-edited numerous books, including "Connectionalism: Ecclesiology, ""Mission"" and Identity"; "The People(s) Called Methodist: Forms and Reforms of Their Life"; and "Doctrines and Disciplines". Additionally, Dr. Lawrence is a member of the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church.

Dennis M. Campbell is former Dean of the Divinity School and former Professor of Theology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Currently he is Headmaster of Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest Virginia.

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