Author: John M. Buchanan
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
John Buchanan, pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, challenges the church to have an impact on the community at large. Drawing from his experience at Fourth Presbyterian, he explores the specific ways the church intersects the life of the community. He vigorously affirms the Reformed tradition's unique strengths and heritage, as well as its ongoing relevance in today's world. To Buchanan, mainline churches have an obligation to be in the world, and their effectiveness requires that they not abandon their traditions. Churches need to steer a course that allows them both the ability to maintain a singular way in the world and a creative response to questions of meaning, hope, vocation, and values.
An Ecclesiology for the Rest of Us
Author: Pablo R. Andiñach
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
This little book resulted from the conviction that we need to contemplate what it is to be the church in the contemporary world. We are aware that we are living in a time of crisis, with rapid social and cultural changes that challenge the way we have been a church: challenges that come not only from outside the institution--from the society where it acts--but from the inside as well. In this book we face old and new questions: What is the foundation of the church? Who are we as Christians? Who is this Jesus Christ in whom we believe? What is the mission of the church today? Proclaiming the Word: Is it another Sacrament? From what does Christ save us? What is sin?
Reflections on How to Live as the People of God
Author: John F. Alexander
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
What modern church doesn't call itself a community? Yet for how many is it real? How many churches form disciples intimately connected enough to call themselves Christ's body? How many form disciples who know the relational arts that create a robust unity? How many form disciples practiced in the ways of sacrificial love? Pastor John Alexander, a thirty-year veteran of living in Christian communities, yearns for all the wonder and promise of the New Testament vision of church to come true. After struggling with Scripture in live-together church communities, he shares the Scriptural practices and wisdom that make for an authentic, sustainable, and joyful life together. For any person or church wanting to move beyond the clichŽ of community to the radical vision of the New Testament, this book is an invaluable guide
The formation of Christian community
Author: Robin Greenwood
Being Church offers ideas and strategies, based on real experience and detailed reflection, on processes that offer support and challenge to church leaders and especially clergy, whether parish clergy, or diocesan advisers, or bishops.
Author: Nancy Charley
Church - it is often thought of as an ancient bulding in some city centre or rural village. In this book Nancy Charley invites you to consider what church is really about - to move away from preconsidered ideas and look with fresh eyes. Through a range of 'b' pictures - Body, Birds, Butterflies, Bride and Babies she shares possibilities for a church that could be really relevant for our everyday lives.
Creating Gospel Communities Where Life Happens
Author: Michael Moynagh
Publisher: Monarch Books
Christians worldwide are learning new ways to connect their faith to everyday life. Gospel communities are popping up everywhere; in cafes, gyms, tattoo parlours, laundromats. This movement, called Fresh Expressions, is attracting thousands and growing rapidly. With over 120 real-life examples, Michael Moynagh describes easy ways for ordinary Christians to embrace this highly effective approach to local mission. Anyone can do it!
Author: Theodore F. Zuern, Joseph A. Tetlow, Peter Schineller
Publisher: Gregorian Biblical BookShop
Where We Live
Author: Ron McKenzie
Christians all over the world have become dissatisfied with existing forms of church. Some are so frustrated that they have stopped going to church at all. These people are not troublemakers or backsliders, but are some of the best people God has. They have become disillusioned with a church that absorbs all their time and energy, but seems to be going nowhere. Desperate situations call for radical change. More of the same will not get us to where we want to be. If we want the new wine of the Holy Spirit, we must shape our wineskins according to God's plan. If you know in your heart that God has something better, and want to go hard out for it, you need to read this book. It offers a radical vision, based on the scriptures, that will stir your heart and explain God's purposes in these times. Key Themes Christian Community Building Relationships Power Pairs Making Disciples Spiritual Protection Meeting in Houses The Lord Supper The Kingdom of God Starting a New Church The Holy Spirit is Leader Shared Leadership Balanced Ministry Role of the Apostle Prophets in the Church Real Pastor/Teachers Healing Evangelism Dynamic Deacons Professional Worshippers Calling for Radical Christians
Being Church for All Generations
Author: Edward H Hammett
Publisher: Chalice Press
Many established churches are facing a number of challenges in today's increasingly secular culture. Such a shift in many communities creates a challenge of church growth and church health when it seems that satisfying the needs of one group creates barriers to reaching another group. So many are asking, "How do you keep people over sixty years of age, who often hold church culture values-while at the same time reach people under forty, who often hold postmodern values?" If a church is interested in growing, this situation becomes a major challenge. Reaching People under 40 while Keeping People over 60 looks at the church as it seeks to function in a new world. It looks at the differences in the generations and at postmodernism - not just a generational difference but a global change. Most importantly, Reaching People under 40 while Keeping People over 60 looks at what a church can do in this new age to help the church survive - and thrive! Foreword by Bill Easum. A TCP Leadership Series title.
Interviews and Testimonies from Latinamerica Press
Category: Christian communities