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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801091650
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 531,273
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He holds M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary and has completed advanced graduate study at Vanderbilt University and continuing education at the University of Oxford, England. White is also an adjunctive professor of Christian Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the author of several books, including A Search for the Spiritual and Life Defining Moments. He and his wife, Susan, have four children.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Preface to the Revised Edition 11
Preface 13
Acknowledgments 15
Introduction 17
1. Rethinking the Foundational Questions 27
2. Rethinking Evangelism 43
3. Rethinking Discipleship 65
4. Rethinking Ministry 81
5. Rethinking Worship 95
6. Rethinking Structure 109
7. Rethinking Community 123
8. From Rethinking to Change 141
Conclusion 157
Notes 163
Select Bibliography 179
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