Dancing with Dinosaurs

Overview

Before long, many of our Christian congregations will be perceived as sentimental creatures who are studied primarily as skeletons in the halls of museums. The church is in danger of becoming a dinosaur, according to church consultant William Easum. We live in a secular or unchurched world, but the church continues to develop ministries as if the church were in charge of a churched society. Dancing with Dinosaurs will help pastors and church leaders to plant culturally relevant congregations, explore ...
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Overview

Before long, many of our Christian congregations will be perceived as sentimental creatures who are studied primarily as skeletons in the halls of museums. The church is in danger of becoming a dinosaur, according to church consultant William Easum. We live in a secular or unchurched world, but the church continues to develop ministries as if the church were in charge of a churched society. Dancing with Dinosaurs will help pastors and church leaders to plant culturally relevant congregations, explore first-century Christian communities as the primary model for viable congregations, and challenge complacent, arrogant assumptions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687316793
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 8/8/2008
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 813,268
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Easum isPresident of 21st-Century Strategies,a church consulting and nurturing firm. One of the most widely sought advisers on congregational health and vitality in North America, he has over 30 years of congregational experience, with approximately 25 years' experience as a pastor. One of the most respected voices on emerging forms of ministry and congregational life, he is the author of several books, including Unfreezing Moves, Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First, Go Big!, (with Bil Cornelius), and Ministry in Hard Times (with Bill Tenny-Brtiian), all published by Abingdon Press.
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Table of Contents

Preface: Standing on the Threshold 9
Ch. 1 Bursting Wineskins and Munching Sheep 11
Ch. 2 Caught in a Crack of History 23
Ch. 3 The Fringe People 37
Ch. 4 Leading the Sheep Back to Pasture 45
Ch. 5 The Demise of the Program-Based Church 57
Ch. 6 A Reformation in Worship 81
Ch. 7 What Ever Happened to the Sunday Church? 97
Ch. 8 Three Essential Ingredients of Paradigm Communities 107
Notes 115
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