Energizing The Congregation / Edition 1

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According to Carl Dudley and Sally Johnson, the discovery of strong and compelling congregational self-images binds church members together and energizes ministry. They describe five images of churches' relationships to their communities over time—the Survivor, Prophet, Pillar, Pilgrim, and Servant styles—thus allowing churches to gain the knowledge necessary to build on their strengths and address their weaknesses.

Dudley and Johnson show how churches are revitalized by claiming the symbols that best articulate self-identity. They describe five images of churches' relationships to their communities over time--the survivor, prophet, pillar, pilgrim, and servant styles--found in a wide variety of congregations and situations.

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In an attempt to revitalize churches of different denominations, the authors describe characteristics of congregations and members' perceptions of their congregations using five images of the church community relationships: pillar, pilgrim, survivor, prophet, and servant. Articulating these images, which may otherwise be unconscious, leads to congregational empowerment and to new ministries within the congregation. The book focuses on five churches and their self-images and mixing of new images; the churches have diverse affiliations representing inner city, suburban, and rural environments. Highly recommended for seminary libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664253592
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 3/29/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 0.31 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl S. Dudley was Professor of Church and Community at Hartford Seminary and co-Director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research in Hartford, Connecticut. Dudley was nationally known for his work in mobilizing local churches for community ministries, and is recognized for his long history of working for such causes as the peace movement, civil rights for the incarcerated, and housing reform. He is the author, co-author, or editor of sixteen books, including, Basic Steps Toward Community Ministry and Carriers of Faith: Lessons from Congregational Studies.

Sally A. Johnson is an associate of the Center for Church and Community Ministries in Chicago and a consulting staff member of the metropolitan Chicago affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.

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Table of Contents

1 Introducing Congregational Self-Images 1
2 The Pillar Church: The Story of West Street Christian Church 10
3 The Pilgrim Church: The Story of Immanuel Lutheran Church 25
4 The Survivor Church: The Story of the Evangelical Covenant Church of South Chicago 41
5 The Prophet Church: The Stories of Shalom United Church of Christ and Edwin Ray United Methodist Church 56
6 The Servant Church: The Story of Leet Memorial United Methodist Church 73
7 Leadership in Claiming and Using Images 87
8 From Worship to Outreach: Images Focus: Congregational Energy 96
Chart: Churches by Self-Image 110
Notes 112
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