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Overview

How does a congregation best serve its own neighborhood? This practical guide for congregations and parishes addresses this question by reviewing the growth of the ecumenically oriented community ministry movement in recent years. David Bos believes the typical "community ministry" rising from that movement possesses three vital and energizing characteristics: it is congregation-based and very local; it is a social ministry that sees issues through the prism of its own community; and it is ecumenical. He focuses on community ministry as a particular way of ministering to society, in which congregations of more than one denomination and of a particular locality (neighborhood, small town, rural county) share goals and resources. Bos sees community ministry as a local social ministry in which congregations respond in faith, hope, and love to the neighborhood, town, or rural county that they have as an immediate context for ministry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664254056
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author


A. David Bos founded the Interfaith Community Ministry Network and has directed community ministries in Long Island, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; and New Albany, Indiana. He has written extensively on community ministry.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: What Is Community Ministry? 1
1 Ministry at the Most Local Level Possible 3
2 Pastoral Action: Social Ministry as a Form of Pastoral Care 11
3 Redefining the Ecumenical Movement 31
4 Starting and Developing a Community Ministry 45
Conclusion 75
Notes 78
Bibliography 81
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