Rethinking the Church: A Challenge to Creative Redesign in an Age of Transition

Rethinking the Church: A Challenge to Creative Redesign in an Age of Transition

by James Emery White, Leighton Ford
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801091659

ISBN-13: 9780801091650

Pub. Date: 07/01/2003

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

Why is it important to rethink the church? Today many leaders focus on how their ministries can be run more efficiently. But the foundational question, according to James Emery White, should be Why do we have this ministry? and then, Why do we do this ministry the way we do? Is it effective?
Rethinking the Church helps pastors and lay leaders work through

Overview

Why is it important to rethink the church? Today many leaders focus on how their ministries can be run more efficiently. But the foundational question, according to James Emery White, should be Why do we have this ministry? and then, Why do we do this ministry the way we do? Is it effective?
Rethinking the Church helps pastors and lay leaders work through questions that must be answered if a church is to rethink evangelism, discipleship, ministry, worship, community, and the structure of the church. Break old molds, check assumptions, and be sensitive, says White. He uses the language and aims of "seeker-targeted" churches but urges readers not to tie themselves to any model without understanding the individual purpose of their church.
Now thoroughly revised and expanded, Rethinking the Church contains more emphasis and key material on how to move from rethinking to transition. White blends biblical reflection and hands-on experience and uses the early church as described in the Book of Acts as the ultimate example.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801091650
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Edition description:
Revised and Expanded Edition
Pages:
186
Sales rank:
1,181,969
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword7
Preface to the Revised Edition11
Preface13
Acknowledgments15
Introduction17
1.Rethinking the Foundational Questions27
2.Rethinking Evangelism43
3.Rethinking Discipleship65
4.Rethinking Ministry81
5.Rethinking Worship95
6.Rethinking Structure109
7.Rethinking Community123
8.From Rethinking to Change141
Conclusion157
Notes163
Select Bibliography179

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