Transforming Congregational Culture

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jan 21, 2003 - Religion - 138 pages
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Many recent books have attempted to address the "crisis" in the mainline church. Anthony Robinson here makes a significant -- and in many ways unique -- contribution to this discussion by bringing his personal insights as a pastor to bear on the issue of renewing congregational life.

Writing from twenty-five years of experience in four congregations of differing size, location, and ethnic makeup, Robinson prescribes concrete changes in the practice of ministry that have been tried, tested, and lived out to great success. At the heart of his framework for church renewal is what he calls "cultural change." According to Robinson, technical or programmatic change is not sufficient to address the needs of the day. He argues for changing the very culture of mainline congregations, which involves recognizing and fostering their particular gifts and genius rather than trying to remake them into something they are not. His fruitful strategies for renewal touch every aspect of congregational life, from personal spiritual formation to church leadership.
 

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An insightful analysis of mainline Protestant churches in the US that provides no road or recipe (by design) but asks challenging questions.

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Contents

The Challenge We Face Part I
1
The Challenge We Face Part II
12
From Civic Faith to Human Transformation
25
From Assuming the Goods to Delivering the Goods
39
Delivering the Goods
56
Congregational Spirituality From Givers to Receivers Who Give
66
From Board Culture to Ministry Culture
73
From Community Organization to FaithBased Ministry
85
From Democracy to Discernment
92
The Budget From End to Means
100
From Fellowship to Hospitality
107
Membership Growth From Passive to Active
114
Leadership for Change Skills and Strategies
122
Index
137
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Anthony B. Robinson travels throughout North America as a speaker, teacher, preacher, consultant and coach serving congregations and their leaders. He is also president of the Seattle-based Congregational Leadership Northwest and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. His other books include the award-winning What's Theology Got to Do with It? and Stewardship for Vital Congregations.

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