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- Fortress Press 2014; US$ 18.99
Drawing on his experience at Prince of Peace, Foss makes the case for transforming congregations from a membership model to a discipleship model of church affiliation. The book begins with a careful analysis of recent patterns in church membership/demographics which argue for this paradigm shift. Subsequent chapters detail the unique leadership and... more...
- Scarecrow Press 2007; US$ 46.99
In Faith Seeking Action, author Gregory Leffel links a description of the church as a global movement with a description of contemporary social movements that are actively challenging today's societies, such as the environmental, global justice, and identity movements. Not surprisingly, Christian communities and communities of social activists share... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2005; US$ 17.99
In a postmodern culture shaped by consumerism, it?s little wonder that there is confusion about what the church is supposed to be in the 21st century. In A New and Right Spirit, Rick Barger argues passionately for congregations to reexamine what it means to be an "authentic church" in a culture where authenticity is hard to come by. He demonstrates... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2003; US$ 14.99
"Many of us who are pastors of local mainline churches have long felt that something is amiss in the life of our congregations. It's hard for us to name exactly what is wrong, but occasionally we are aware of a nagging sense that something is just not working any more. . . . Our best efforts at ministry feel like they?re about a half beat behind some... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2002; US$ 9.99
A compelling and extensive resource with ways for all congregations to reach beyond themselves to better serve. Spiritually vibrant congregations of all faiths thrive on the call to be leaven in today's world. Addresses the ups and downs on the way to success. Lively illuminates and offers practical wisdom for faith communities to engage in public... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2000; US$ 11.99
In our rapidly evolving religious scene, congregations that are open to continuous learning and willing to respond to external and internal change, will be the ones that achieve new vitality and health. Dennis Campbell describes what those congregations will look like and provides four tools to help a congregation shape its community into what God... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2013; US$ 17.99
What is God's mission? Simply put, says theologian and field educator Cameron Harder, God's mission is to form communities that reflect and embody the life of the Trinity. Discovering the Other is an introduction to two tools that community builders have found helpful: appreciative inquiry and asset mapping. These tools help congregations see that... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2001; US$ 24.99
In 1991 The Once and Future Church by Alban Institute founder and former director Loren B. Mead created an instant sensation in congregational circles with its prophetic insights into the life of the church in a post-Christendom era. Still often-quoted and in demand, the book stands as Alban's all-time best seller. Two subsequent titles, Transforming... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2007; US$ 17.99
Like many clergy, Marcia Barnes Bailey began her work as an ordained leader with a vision of the pastor as leader extraordinaire, empowered by education, authority, position, and resources. She soon found herself thinking: "There has to be another way." In this book, Bailey invites pastors and congregations to a new understanding of ministry, leadership,... more...