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Churches That Make a Difference Reaching Your Community with Good News and Good Works

ISBN-10: 0801091330
ISBN-13: 9780801091339
Edition: 2002
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Description: Churches over the past generations have been weakened by a failure to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of their communities. Many have adopted a narrow vision, focusing on only one aspect of ministry. But in today's environment of  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Baker Books
Publication date: 4/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Churches over the past generations have been weakened by a failure to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of their communities. Many have adopted a narrow vision, focusing on only one aspect of ministry. But in today's environment of faith-based opportunities many Christians are eager to start reaching out to their world with both Good News and good works, and therefore they are searching for appropriate ways to integrate both into their ministry.In Churches That Make a Difference, best-selling author Ron Sider and his coauthors give those involved in community outreach a comprehensive resource for developing holistic ministry-a balance of evangelism and social outreach. Illustrations and helpful organizational tips detail the how-to's of an effective holistic ministry. Case studies that show how different churches across the United States reach out to their communities provide a variety of ideas and practical applications. User-friendly tools are included as well for congregational studies, surveys, evaluations, and community assessments.The authors draw on extensive experience with church ministries and faith-based organizations as they share the life-changing vision and biblical mandate for living the whole gospel. Church leaders will be encouraged in their process of developing and maintaining a holistic ministry, and local churches will rediscover a passion for loving the whole person the way Jesus did.

Beverly Lewis was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on April 17, 1949. She received a degree in music education from Evangel University. She grew up as an Assembly of God minister's daughter. Although she was not Amish, she had a close family connection to Old Order Mennonites, including her maternal grandmother who left the Mennonite community when she married. Her first book, Mountain Bikes and Garbanzo Beans (now titled Big Bad Beans) was published in 1993. Since then she has written over eighty books. Her titles for children and young adults include several series including the Cul-De-Sac Kids, the Girls Only (GO!), and the Holly's Heart. Her adult fiction books include The Heritage of Lancaster County series, the Abram's Daughters series, The Rose Trilogy, and the Home to Hickory Hollow series. She has received numerous awards including two Silver Angel Awards for The Postcard and Annika's Secret Wish and a Gold Book Award for The Shunning. In 2014, she made The New York Times Best Seller List with her title Child of Mine.Ronald J. Sider (PhD, Yale University) is the founder and president emeritus of Evangelicals for Social Action and distinguished professor of theology, holistic ministry, and public policy at Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger and The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: An Astonishing Opportunity
An Overview of the Book
Understanding Holistic Ministry
What Does Holistic Ministry Look Like?
The Church's Calling to Holistic Ministry
Making Evangelism Central
Embracing Social Action--from Relief to Public Policy
Integrating Evangelism and Social Outreach
The Essential Elements of Holistic Ministry
Divine Love and Power for Outreach Ministry
A Commitment to Community Outreach
A Healthy Congregational Base for Ministry
Church Leadership for Holistic Ministry
A Ministry-Centered Organizational Structure
Ministry Partnerships
Cultivating and Implementing the Vision
Developing a Holistic Ministry Vision for Your Context
Rallying Support for the Vision
Dealing with Fears, Change, and Conflict in Your Congregation
Conclusion: We Can Do It
Profiles of the Churches in the Congregations, Communities, and Leadership Development Project
Holistic Ministry Resources
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