Church Turned Inside Out: A Guide for Designers, Refiners, and Re-Aligners

Overview

There are no sacred models of church, no specific molds intowhich God pours blessings, and no special leadership styles thatare holier than others. Too often, though, church leaders attemptto pattern their ministries after either tradition or the successesof a few prominent trendsetting congregations.

In Church Turned Inside Out, Linda Bergquist and Allan Karr pushback on the one-size-fits-all approach. They invite leaders of allkinds of churches—new and existing, megachurches ...

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Overview

There are no sacred models of church, no specific molds intowhich God pours blessings, and no special leadership styles thatare holier than others. Too often, though, church leaders attemptto pattern their ministries after either tradition or the successesof a few prominent trendsetting congregations.

In Church Turned Inside Out, Linda Bergquist and Allan Karr pushback on the one-size-fits-all approach. They invite leaders of allkinds of churches—new and existing, megachurches andmicrochurches—to walk through an inside-out design process.Instead of starting with models and methods, they insist that everysphere of church life resonates with and communicates what youreally believe.

As the book unfolds, it moves from abstract concepts towardconcrete suggestions. It considers the uniqueness of individualleaders, their teams, and their particular communities, cultures,and contexts while taking seriously both spiritual and practicaldimensions. This process results in more potent and effectivelyorganized churches. Perhaps more important, it helps church leadersdiscover ways to live and work more wholly and faithfully,according to how God created them. It really is possible for achurch to be so beautifully designed that every structure, program,and relationship reflects what it intends. Sometimes this requiresa whole new design, and other times it only takes re-aligning orrefining what already exists. This thoughtful and systemic approachopens a wider array of possible church paradigms than most peopleever imagine, but the real goal is not innovation buttransformation.

Using a blend of theology, biblical imagery, and metaphors fromculture and creation, Church Turned Inside Out provides respectfulways to consider adaptation and change. It offers a hopeful visionof what the church can and must become. It not only positions thechurch for its future mission to the twenty-first century butoffers timeless principles for the church of today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470383179
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/19/2009
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series, #34
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Bergquist has been a church planter and church plantingteacher for twenty-five years. She also has experience in the areaof church consultations and urban ministry to the poor and assistsher husband, who is a ministry center director in the Lower Haightdistrict of San Francisco.

Allan Karr is currently an associate professor ofmissional/church planting at Golden Gate Baptist TheologicalSeminary and a practitioner of church planting and communitydevelopment. Allan has also served for ten years as a nationalmissionary of the North American Mission Board of the SouthernBaptist Convention.

ABOUT LEADERSHIP NETWORK

The mission of Leadership Network identifies and connectsinnovative church leaders, providing them with resources in theform of new ideas, people, and tools. Contact Leadership Networkatwww.leadnet.org.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables.

About Leadership Network.

Foreword (Alan Hirsch).

Preface.

1 The Once and Future Church.

2 Acknowledging Self.

3 Cultivating Community.

4 Patterns That Honor God.

5 Designing Around Beliefs.

6 Releasing Communitas.

7 Designing in Culture.

8 Embracing Culture.

9 A Palette of Models.

10 Discovering Congruency.

11 Organizing by Design

12 Organizing as Living Systems.

Notes.

Acknowledgments.

About the Authors.

Index.

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

    Allan Karr is a keenly knowledgeable person

    I've known Allan Karr for years. He is academically astute, experienced on topic, and a worldwide student of church planting.

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