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- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2007; US$ 16.99
People yearn for a sense of belonging. Congregations become places of belonging when people find ways to make connections, form relationships, and share their personal stories. That's hard to do in the hasty comings and goings around the typical worship service. It's even hard to do in a choir, committee, or ministry group. In Know and Be Known, Brooke... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1995; US$ 11.99
This planning and leader training handbook offers a distinctive broad-based, small-group approach to building community. From the Jewish havurot to Christian koinonia, you will gain a thorough understanding of community, learn how to plan an effective small-group ministry, how to select and train leaders for all kinds of small groups, and how to start... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2004; US$ 14.99
Untangling the day-to-day issues in our multifaceted lives can seem daunting. Time to sit quietly and reflect is rare. If we are fortunate, we have good friends or close family members with whom to talk things through and find clarity, but many times we feel isolated and lonely. As people of faith, we add another layer to our reflections when we wonder... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1997; US$ 13.99
Although spiritual growth occurs within an individual, Ware explains that it is the calling of the congregation to be a community of support and encouragement. Indeed, it is amidst the support of a group that an individual learns how to live out personal faith. Ware provides a very practical and accessible model of spiritual formation for self-directing... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2000; US$ 14.99
Nothing on earth lives forever?not even congregations. Alban Institute senior consultant Alice Mann explains how the natural life cycle of a congregation, as well as other internal and external factors, can produce a congregation that is in real trouble. She then offers hope for congregations that want to change. Practical options for congregations,... more...
- Kohlhammer Verlag 2014; US$ 26.83
Die kirchliche Altenarbeit ist im Wandel. Ältere Menschen sind aktiv und wollen ihr Leben selbst gestalten. Kirchliche Altenarbeit neu zu denken bedeutet, Menschen mit ihren Lebensthemen, ihren biografischen Herausforderungen und Bedürfnissen in den Mittelpunkt zu stellen und nach Ideen und Konzepten zu suchen, wie man diese Themen aufgreifen und programmatisch... more...
- Abingdon Press 2002; US$ 14.00
The temptation to focus only on their own internal problems and issues is powerful for congregations. Without realizing it, even churches that have a long tradition of outreach and social involvement become centered on issues of institutional survival and preservation. Worst of all are congregations that adopt a 'fortress mentality', addressing... more...
- Abingdon Press 2004; US$ 13.00
Often, church leaders define marketing as spending large amounts of money on big ads in the church page section of local newspapers, building a killer web site or a dozen other standard marketing ideas that cost lots of money, or creating publications in full color that are professionally printed. Just as often, the church realizes very little return... more...
- Abingdon Press 2004; US$ 10.00
There are no end to clichés and easy assumptions about congregational health and vitality. It's much easier to start a new church than turn around an old one; nondenominational churches are growing, while denominational churches are dying; small-membership churches are concerned only with survival; suburban churches care only about endless programming... more...
- Abingdon Press 2005; US$ 10.00
Although the largest churches in the world are cell-based, many have questioned whether the model will work in North America. The Church In Many Houses: Reaching Your Community Through Cell-Based Ministry makes the case that the cell model will work if key assumptions about spiritual growth and the nature of the church are reexamined and renewed. more...