Hidden Lives of Congregations Understanding Church Dynamics

ISBN-10: 1566993075

ISBN-13: 9781566993074

Edition: 2004

Authors: Israel Galindo

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Faced with crisis, lack of direction, or just plain "stuckness," many congregations and their leaders are content to deal only with surface issues and symptoms--only to discover that the same problems keep recurring, often in different, and more serious, ways. In The Hidden Lives of Congregations, Christian educator and consultant Israel Galindo takes leaders below the surface of congregational life to provide a comprehensive, holistic look at the corporate nature of church relationships and the invisible dynamics at play. Informed by family systems theory and grounded in a wide-ranging ecclesiological understanding, Galindo unpacks clearly the factors of congregational lifespan, size, spirituality, and identity and shows how these work together to form the congregation's hidden life. He provides useful tools for diagnosing and understanding how one's congregation fits into the various categories he names and suggests what leadership skills are necessary to get beyond the impasse of surface issues and help the congregation achieve its mission. The Hidden Lives of Congregations provides one of the most far-reaching looks into the invisible nature of faith communities written in recent years. For seminaries and divinity schools, it provides a standard text for getting a solid start in congregational practices; for experienced pastors, it provides support for renewing ministry; for lay leaders and committees, it offers insight to deepening mutual ministry. Israel Galindo has written an indispensable manual that leaders will return to repeatedly for new wisdom and guidance
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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Alan N. Wright has more than 20 years experience in developing teams in corporate, public, and non-profit organizations. His clients have included corporations, universities, public-school systems, government groups, and many non-profit agencies. Wright has presented more than a hundred workshops on teams, leadership development, and other topics. He currently serves as a full-time professor at California State University in Northridge.Israel Galindo is an educator with experience in both local church and formal academic settings. Currently, Galindo is Dean and Professor of Christian Education at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond where he is engaged in the study of congregations and congregational leadership. He formerly served as the resident educator at the Vienna Baptist Church near Washington, D.C.

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