Innovations in Ministry: Models for the Twenty-First Century

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Asserting that the good news greatly exceeds the bad news, Innovations in Ministry celebrates what's working in American Protestantism. Lyle E. Schaller identifies the new and emerging models for ministry, with heavy emphasis on paradigm shifts toward laity-driven ministries.

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(1) Market-driven "niched" ministry to reach diverse populations

(2) Ownership and initiative in ministry

(3) Regional definitions of church.

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Overview

Asserting that the good news greatly exceeds the bad news, Innovations in Ministry celebrates what's working in American Protestantism. Lyle E. Schaller identifies the new and emerging models for ministry, with heavy emphasis on paradigm shifts toward laity-driven ministries.

Theseinclude:

(1) Market-driven "niched" ministry to reach diverse populations

(2) Ownership and initiative in ministry

(3) Regional definitions of church.

The purpose of this book is found in chapter 5: A new partnership that redefines the role of denominations, raises expectations of the laity, and implements the Key Church Strategy (described in chapters 6 and 7). Another strategy similar to the Key Church model is found in chapter 8, where multi-site campuses are investigated.

Key Benefits: Takes seriously the shift from small, local churches toward large, seven-day-a-week regional churches; presents several dynamic, effective, and successful models of ministry that are emerging within contemporary Protestant churches; contributes a voice of hope to ministers who perceive their churches as threatened or even dying; provides concrete examples of how effective ministry is actually taking place in the contemporary church; and illuminates the "Key Church Strategy" and provides support for those engaged in (or considering) a multi-site basis for ministry.

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Lyle E. Schaller is the country's leading interpreter of congregational systems and their vitality. He is the author of dozens of books, including From Geography to Affinity, also published by Abingdon Press. He lives in Naperville, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
1 Bad News Is Better News Than Good News 18
2 Filling in the Vacuum 37
3 Identify Your Audience 47
4 Six Paradigm Shifts 56
5 The New Partnership 64
6 Off-Campus Ministries 86
7 What About the Wounded Birds? 98
8 The Multisite Option 112
9 Why Have a School? 134
10 How Do You Pay the Bills? 145
Notes 153
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