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"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 new pulse beginning to "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 new pulse beginning to course through the culture," writes author Jim Kitchens. Congregational leaders who recognize Kitchens' description of congregational life today will appreciate his pointed and realistic analysis of fundamental shifts in ministry that have taken place in our postmodern, post-Christian, and postdenominational world. Kitchens also demonstrates that we need to create a different sort of church if we are to be faithful to the gospel in this new cultural setting. He addresses in detail how these contextual shifts invite us to change our ministry in four arenas of congregational life: worship, Christian formation, mission, and leadership. Kitchens shows congregational leaders how to learn how to be the body of Christ in ways that will be both faithful to the Gospel and responsive to our newly emerging cultural context.


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"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 new pulse beginning to "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 new pulse beginning to course through the culture," writes author Jim Kitchens. Congregational leaders who recognize Kitchens' description of congregational life today will appreciate his pointed and realistic analysis of fundamental shifts in ministry that have taken place in our postmodern, post-Christian, and postdenominational world. Kitchens also demonstrates that we need to create a different sort of church if we are to be faithful to the gospel in this new cultural setting. He addresses in detail how these contextual shifts invite us to change our ministry in four arenas of congregational life: worship, Christian formation, mission, and leadership. Kitchens shows congregational leaders how to learn how to be the body of Christ in ways that will be both faithful to the Gospel and responsive to our newly emerging cultural context.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    No, it is not your grandmother's church anymore...or, if it is just the same as when grandma attended 75+% of the membership is quite possibly over the age of 55 and only a handful of children are present on most Sunday mornings. For those congregations wanting to be vital and significant influences in today's society, this book helps analyze the styles of worship, Christian education and formation, mission, and leadership that help promote and build a dynamic Christian community in this new mil No, it is not your grandmother's church anymore...or, if it is just the same as when grandma attended 75+% of the membership is quite possibly over the age of 55 and only a handful of children are present on most Sunday mornings. For those congregations wanting to be vital and significant influences in today's society, this book helps analyze the styles of worship, Christian education and formation, mission, and leadership that help promote and build a dynamic Christian community in this new millennium. The beginning chapter is a tough read as it presents the characteristics of our postmodern, post-Christian, post-denominational, post-everything society. This book is NOT about what is wrong with the church and how to fix it. Rather the book presents a hopeful look at a process of community discernment of what it means to embody the gospel in these ever-changing times. A good book study for lay leaders and clergy, as well as for all who care about the relevance of their Christian community.

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