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Recreating the Church: Leadership for the Postmodern Age

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Mainline denominations in the United States are in crisis. These institutions - created in and for modernity - are now facing a changed, postmodern culture. Hamm faces the crisis, examining its origins, and offers sound advice on how to lead to church to make the adaptive changes needed to thrive in postmodern times. A TCP Leadership Series title.
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Overview

Mainline denominations in the United States are in crisis. These institutions - created in and for modernity - are now facing a changed, postmodern culture. Hamm faces the crisis, examining its origins, and offers sound advice on how to lead to church to make the adaptive changes needed to thrive in postmodern times. A TCP Leadership Series title.
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Dick Hamm currently serves as the Executive Director of Christian Churches Together in the USA. He served as General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada from 1993 to 2003 and is a founding partner and past president of The Columbia Partnership. Dick has written and spoken extensively on the subject of church renewal and is bringing that knowledge to bear on congregations and other church organizations through consulting and coaching. He is also the author of 2020 Vision for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and From Mainline to Front Line.

Dick Hamm currently serves as the Executive Director of Christian Churches Together in the USA. He served as General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada from 1993 to 2003 and is a founding partner and past president of The Columbia Partnership. Dick has written and spoken extensively on the subject of church renewal and is bringing that knowledge to bear on congregations and other church organizations through consulting and coaching. He is also the author of 2020 Vision for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and From Mainline to Front Line.

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Table of Contents


Editor's Foreword     vii
Preface     viii
Historical Background     xi
Modern versus Postmodern     xiii
Why Is Leadership in the Mainline Church So Difficult?     1
Technical and Adaptive Change     8
How Did It Come to This?     17
The First Element of the Perfect Storm: The Hurricane of Change in American Culture     18
The Second Element of the Perfect Storm: Organizational Obsolescence     25
The Third Element of the Perfect Storm: The "High Pressure" of Anxiety     38
Conclusion of Part I: The Three Most Important Questions     43
Challenges Confronting Mainline Churches Today     45
Generational Differences     46
The Crisis in Governance of "Mainline" Churches     56
Seeing the Challenges through Polarities     63
Leading a Journey of Transformation     75
Personal Aspects of Leading Adaptive Change     76
Systemic Aspects of Leading Adaptive Change     93
Why Bother?     113
Questions to Use in Exploring a Context     123
Notes     127
Bibliography     130
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