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One Church, Many Congregations: The Key Church Strategy

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The Key Church strategy recognizes cultural diversity in North America and presents the Christian message in a way that respects and communicates the indigenous concerns of different cultural groups. At the heart of the “key church strategy” is the belief that a church can be comprised of many congregations, meeting separately yet ministering together, in a variety of different settings—a strategy that has been adopted by 300 churches in 27 states. In the Foreword, Lyle E. Schaller calls it “one of the most ...
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Overview

The Key Church strategy recognizes cultural diversity in North America and presents the Christian message in a way that respects and communicates the indigenous concerns of different cultural groups. At the heart of the “key church strategy” is the belief that a church can be comprised of many congregations, meeting separately yet ministering together, in a variety of different settings—a strategy that has been adopted by 300 churches in 27 states. In the Foreword, Lyle E. Schaller calls it “one of the most innovative, practical, and effective approaches to outreach ministries I have encountered in nearly four decades of working with congregations.”
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With cohort J. V. Thomas, Timothy Ahlen has been a pastor and officer of denominational outreach agencies, and together developed the Key Church Strategy while serving in the latter capacity with the (Southern) Baptist General Convention of Texas.

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

Acknowledgments 9
Foreword 11
Introduction 17
1 Foundations 21
2 How Does it Work? 47
3 The Key Church and Community Ministries 63
4 Hang Out and Hover: An Indigenous Satellite Strategy 77
5 A Multihousing Strategy 91
App. 1 Operational Guidelines 125
App. 2: Case Studies 135
Notes 151
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