Congregations in Transition A Guide for Analyzing, Assessing, and Adapting in Changing Communities

ISBN-10: 0787954225
ISBN-13: 9780787954222
Edition: 2002 (Workbook)
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Description: Thousands of congregations today are confronted with the reality that their regions have so changed around them that their survival is threatened. This text shows how to turn churches around by understanding local needs.

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/25/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496

Thousands of congregations today are confronted with the reality that their regions have so changed around them that their survival is threatened. This text shows how to turn churches around by understanding local needs.

Carl S. Dudley is codirector of the Center for Social and Religious Research and professor of church and community at Hartford Seminary. He is author of numerous books, including "Studying Congregations", and has been a pastor in metropolitan and cross-cultural congregations.

Figures, Tables, and Working Notes
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Invitation to a Journey
Who Needs to Change?
What Does Change Look Like?
How Does Change Happen?
The Journey Ahead
Getting Organized
Companions for the Journey
Doing the Work
Getting the Lay of the Land
The Place Map: Define Your Boundaries
The People Map: Naming and Knowing Your Neighbors
Conversations with Community People
The Institutional Map: Recognizing Historical Resources
Summary Exercise: Windshield Survey
Summary
Sizing Up Your Tabernacle
Basic Timeline: An Orientation Exercise
Timeline of Buildings and Facilities
Timeline of Leadership and Decision Making
Timeline of Resources: People, Money, and Spiritual Presence
Timeline of Worship and Music
Summary Celebration: Creating a Comprehensive Timeline
Summarizing Your Work
Looking for Pillars of Fire
Encountering the Wilderness
Testing Your Choices
Discerning Directions
Naming the Pillar of Fire
Imagining Life Across the Jordan
When Strangers Become Neighbors
When Neighbors Become Partners
Testing the Waters
Coda for the Congregation: A Time for Celebration
Across the Jordan: Settling in the Promised Land
Launching a New Ministry: Crossing the Jordan
New Habits of Ministry
Sharing Kitchen Tables
Sharing Tables, Chairs, and Schedules
Sharing Boardroom Tables
Sharing Sacred Tables
Conclusion
The Authors
Index

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