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A New Day In The City

Author : Donna Claycomb Sokol
ISBN : 9781501818899
Genre : Religion
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Many urban congregations remember days of fame and fortune—days when their prominence downtown or in city neighborhoods mattered. Population shifts, the decline of congregations and neighborhoods, and demographic changes depleted the dreams of many urban churches. But not all churches gave up hope. Many congregations are struggling to survive, but thousands of urban churches are thriving again. Churches with revived hope learn to let go of nostalgic dreams and tired habits and to walk with God into a new day of vibrant mission and ministry. Donna Claycomb Sokol and Roger Owens share lessons they’ve learned on the job and from other urban pastors. Along the way, they challenge clichés about church leadership and strategic planning by showing what congregational renewal can look like and how it can become a reality. Each chapter features a set of practical guidelines for leading a congregation to address the questions that matter most. “The urban church can be quite a challenge. I know because I’ve served a couple. Now, two thoughtful pastors with actual urban church experience take an affectionate, positive, honest, and hopeful look at the urban church and give practical wisdom for the revival of languishing urban congregations. There’s a remarkable revival of the urban church in North America. Donna and Roger can help you be part of it!” —William H. Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC; retired bishop, The United Methodist Church “Three things excite me most about this book: First, these two young pastors understand the strategic importance of urban ministry and are passionately committed to it. Second, they show that when you turn from tired ‘church growth’ and corporate paradigms, choosing rather to model your ministry on Jesus, new life happens. And third, they explain that transformation is about journeying faithfully with the questions rather than looking for quick-fix techniques. This book could change your ministry.” —Peter Storey, South African church leader; W. Ruth and A. Morris Williams Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC
Category: Religion

Divergent Church

Author : Tim Shapiro
ISBN : 9781501842603
Genre : Religion
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New faith communities are appearing across the U.S.. Many of them bear little resemblance—on the surface—to ‘church’ in its conventional form. But when we look a little deeper we see striking continuity with the most deeply rooted practices of the Christian faith in community. What are those practices? What do these unconventional, alternative faith communities look like? How are they, perhaps, indicators of a hopeful new future for the church? And what can we learn from them? Authors Kara Brinkerhoff and Tim Shapiro spent more than a year researching and exploring these questions, closely examining the life of a dozen alternative faith communities across the country. They include new monastic communities, food-oriented communities, affinity group communities, house churches, hybrid churches and others. They are creative, ingenious, innovative, clever, dynamic and transformative. But they represent human expressions of activities that have always been part of human religious congregations: hospitality, learning, storytelling, care, leadership, worship and honoring place. This fascinating book goes beyond simply analyzing current trends. It reveals how innovative Christians are engaging in time-honored practices, creating new types of communities, which will shape the church to come. Further, it shows us how we too might innovate while holding true to the essential practices of our gathered faith. This is an instructive picture of Christian community, past, present and future.
Category: Religion

A New Day

Author : Lamin O. Sanneh
ISBN : 1433104563
Genre : Religion
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The unprecedented resurgence, renewal, and rebirth of twenty-first century Christianity in postcolonial societies, such as Asia, Africa, and Latin America, calls for new insights, methodologies, and paradigms since the West can no longer be regarded as the sole citadel and cradle of the Christian faith. The Christian message has been reshaped and reappropriated in different contexts and cultures and, through this cross-cultural transmission and transformation, it has become a world religion. Contextualizing the Christian faith also entails decolonizing its theology, precepts, and dogma. These efforts continue to engender new initiatives and efforts in the intercultural, interconfessional, intercontinental, and interreligious dimensions of world Christianity. A New Day is a collection of essays in honor of Lamin Sanneh, one of the most adamant advocates and apostles of the radical change in the face of Christianity in the twenty-first century. The essays in this book by recognized scholars deal with issues, themes, and perspectives that are important for understanding Christianity as a world religious movement.
Category: Religion

Digging The Wells Of Revival

Author : Lou Engle
ISBN : 9780768499759
Genre : Religion
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Do you know that just beneath your feet are deep wells of revival? Are you aware that you are standing on bottomless geysers and founts of the anointing and mandates of our spiritual forefathers and mothers that are just waiting be released afresh to you? God is calling us as instruments today to unstop the wells and reclaim the spiritual inheritance of our nation. This same God who visited America in the Great Awakening, the Azusa Street Revival, the Jesus Movement, the Charismatic Outpouring, and more, wants to again honor His eternal convenants with the men and women of faith who have gone before us. God is ready to loose revival fires and miracles to the spiritual descendants of people like Jonathan Edwards, Henrietta Mears, Aimee Semple McPherson, Charles Finney, William Seymour, and Frank Bartleman. But who will contend for the mantle they wore? Will you? As America stands on the brink of the judgement of God for her sins, revival is our most glori! ous hope. This book is a prophetic call from the heart of a pastor in Los Angeles who calls his city, his country, and you to renew covenant with God, reclaim our glorious roots, and believe for the greatest revival the world has ever known.
Category: Religion

The Revival Of 1857 58

Author : Kathryn Long
ISBN : 9780195112931
Genre : Religion
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Long examines a widespread religious awakening most famous for its urban prayer meetings in major cities across the US. Often mentioned in religious history texts, but usually overshadowed by the first and second "Great Awakenings," this revival has lacked a critical, book-length analysis. This study aims to fill that gap, and to locate the event within the context of Protestant revival traditions in America.
Category: Religion

They Walked In The Spirit

Author : Douglas M. Strong
ISBN : 0664257062
Genre : Religion
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Many believe that American Protestantism has long been divided into two groups: those concerned with the impact of religion in the public sphere and those concerned with private faith, individual morality, and personal evangelism. Douglas Strong provides examples of people over the last 150 years who bridged the apparent chasm between these two groups and were able to nurture a deep personal piety while simultaneously working to transform society.
Category: Religion

The Rise Of The Global South

Author : Elijah J.F. Kim
ISBN : 9781610979702
Genre : Religion
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Global Christianity has been experiencing an unprecedented historical transition from the West to the non-Western world. The leadership of global Christianity has taken on a new face since the twentieth century. Christendom in Europe and America has experienced a great decline while there has been a rise in Majority World Christianity. Churches in the Global South have given their voices to global Christianity through their leadership, world mission movements, and theology. The phenomenal church growth has risen from the Pentecostal and Charismatic movement. Pentecostalism has become the dominant force in global Christianity today. The Rise of the Global South examines the significance this shift has had on global Christianity by going through the history of Christianity in the West and the causes of the shift.
Category: Religion

What We Need Is Here

Author : L. Roger Owens
ISBN : 9780835815116
Genre : Religion
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Are you seeking a deeper, more authentic experience of God? Maybe you've attended retreats, read dozens of books on spirituality, or even consulted a spiritual director and found yourself still wanting more. Did you know that God has given you everything you need to live and flourish in a life with God? You can stop your restless searching and rediscover the gifts God has already given you. In What We Need Is Here, Roger Owens calls you to return to 7 basics of Christian spirituality: Reading the Gospels Praying the Psalms Making friends with silence Finding Jesus in church Meeting Jesus through Holy Communion Embodying your spirituality Being with the poor Writing in a style that is honest, accessible, and at times humorous, Owens weaves his own stories of struggle with insights from the history of Christian spirituality to help you receive and open yourself to these 7 "givens." This book includes practical exercises and questions for reflection and discussion, making it ideal for individuals and groups.
Category: Religion

Presbyterian Survey

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ISBN : UVA:X004060596
Genre : Missions
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From Labor To Reward

Author : Martha C. Taylor
ISBN : 9781498232821
Genre : History
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From Labor to Reward is a pioneering, epic, and groundbreaking book that fills a huge void in American religious history, black religious history, and traditions of the black church. Until now, no other book has chronicled the rich religious experiences of black church beginnings in the Bay Area. Martha C. Taylor provides penetrating insight into the early makings of the black church in the Bay Area. With attention to detail, Taylor captures the joys, frustrations, and unity of black people who left the segregated Deep South, came to the Bay Area seeking freedom only to face similar adversities of segregation, racism, housing discrimination, KKK threats of violence, and other socio-political barriers. Remarkably, these early pioneers brought their culture, traditions, and experiences from the South and built a strong vibrant religious community. From Labor to Reward speaks for the legacy of African Americans who were gospel social activists using the church as the anchor. Multiple sources of research and interviews were gathered from church records, newspaper clippings, and other written sources to tell this unknown story. This book is sure to be a classic and a must read for all persons interested in history. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }
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