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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.
|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|