Gathered Before God

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What is the central purpose of the church today? How can churches experience renewal through worship? In Gathered before God, Jane Rogers Vann answers these important questions by studying ten vibrant small, medium, and large churches. Her findings, she argues, show that worship is the most important thing churches do and is vital to the renewal of congregational life. Vann explores how these congregations changed into worship-centered churches and how their experiences can help other churches do the same. ...

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Overview

What is the central purpose of the church today? How can churches experience renewal through worship? In Gathered before God, Jane Rogers Vann answers these important questions by studying ten vibrant small, medium, and large churches. Her findings, she argues, show that worship is the most important thing churches do and is vital to the renewal of congregational life. Vann explores how these congregations changed into worship-centered churches and how their experiences can help other churches do the same. Gathered before God offers resources for pastors, worship leaders, and Christian educators to reflect on their worship, leading to an openness to change and processes to help church leaders support each other during the periods of reform and renewal. Moving beyond the "contemporary versus traditional debate," Gathered before God is an earnest call for us all to reclaim worship as a central act of our life together as Christians that expresses clearly what the church believes about God, itself, and the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664226305
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 1,085,945
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author


Jane Rogers Vann was Rowe Professor of Christian Education at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia, before retiring in 2010. She holds a Doctor of Education degree from Teacher's College at Columbia University in New York City and is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Foundations for Congregational Renewal 13
1 Worship at the Center of Congregational Life 15
2 Experiential Learning in Congregational Life 37
Pt. II Congregational Practices 61
3 How Congregations Worship 63
4 Prayer and Spiritual Disciplines 88
5 Study and Instruction 110
6 Ministry and Mission 129
7 Leadership in Worship-Centered Congregational Life 154
Conclusion 177
Notes 181
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