Discover Your Windows: Lining Up with God's Vision

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Unmasks the hidden "worldviews" that stand in the way of congregational vitality and mission.

They are problems with which every pastor is familiar: dwindling attendance in Sunday school classes; high levels of gossip and dissatisfaction; widespread apathy; weak financial support; inability to reach out to the unchurched. These and similar difficulties confound congregational leaders every day. Why are they often so difficult to address? Why do the programs put in place to ...

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Overview

Unmasks the hidden "worldviews" that stand in the way of congregational vitality and mission.

They are problems with which every pastor is familiar: dwindling attendance in Sunday school classes; high levels of gossip and dissatisfaction; widespread apathy; weak financial support; inability to reach out to the unchurched. These and similar difficulties confound congregational leaders every day. Why are they often so difficult to address? Why do the programs put in place to remove these problems sometimes wind up adding to them? It is because these are not the problems themselves, but rather their symptoms.

If you wish to get to the real problem, you have to address the underlying assumptions, perspectives, and attitudes that cause these symptoms. You have to root out the false, unbiblical worldviews that lie at the heart of the problem. Discovering those worldviews is what Kent R. Hunter's proposal Discover Your Windows is all about.

Through years of working with individual congregations, and in the process of conducting nearly 15,000 interviews with individual church members, he has discovered the underlying perspectives that prevent churches from becoming the centers of witness and ministry God calls them to be. In this new book he summarizes what he has learned into 10 destructive worldviews, and demonstrates the biblical alternative. For example, to the prevalent yet false worldview that the main purpose of Christians in the church is to provide a place of fellowship and share God's love with each other, he posits the biblical worldview that the main purpose of Christians in the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687021543
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Edition description: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Kent R. Hunter is President of the Church Growth Center, a church intervention service based in Corunna, Indiana. His syndicated radio program, "The Church Doctor", is heard on more than 250 stations in the United States, Canada, and South America.
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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction: Worldview: Not Another Program! 11
1 The Window of Purpose: Your Purpose Determines Your Mission 19
2 The Window of Comfort: Your Comfort Determines Your Sacrifice 31
3 The Window of Image: Your Image Determines Your Impact 41
4 The Window of Priorities: Your Desires Determine Your Priorities 53
5 The Window of Stewardship: Your Blessings Determine Your Giving 63
6 The Window of Financing: Your Abundance Determines Your Possibilities 73
7 The Window of Change: Your Past Determines Your Future 85
8 The Window of Leadership: Your Pastor Determines Your Potential 95
9 The Window of Teamwork: Your Giftedness Determines Your Involvement 107
10 The Window of Attitude: The Power of God Determines Your Attitude 119
Epilogue: Lining Up the Windows 129
Appendices 133
Notes 142
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