Suburban Church

Suburban Church

by Arthur H. Dekruyter, Quentin J. Schultze
     
 

ISBN-10: 0664232949

ISBN-13: 9780664232948

Pub. Date: 04/01/2008

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

Over half of all North Americans live in the suburbs. In The Suburban Church, retired pastor Arthur H. DeKruyter encourages Christians to "go where the people congregate" and illustrates how to plant, grow, and renew suburban congregations. Throughout this book, DeKruyter relies on forty-five-plus years of pastoral ministry experience in which his own

Overview

Over half of all North Americans live in the suburbs. In The Suburban Church, retired pastor Arthur H. DeKruyter encourages Christians to "go where the people congregate" and illustrates how to plant, grow, and renew suburban congregations. Throughout this book, DeKruyter relies on forty-five-plus years of pastoral ministry experience in which his own congregation grew from five families to more than five thousand members. He dispels myths about suburbia and demonstrates how to minister successfully, fit historic preaching and worship to suburban needs, finance church programs, recruit and support volunteers, connect international missions to local church growth, and more. Each chapter concludes with questions for discussion, making the book ideal for pastors and church committees.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780664232948
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
0.39(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Leith Anderson     ix
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction     xvii
Listening in the Suburbs     1
Serving the Local Community     11
Suspending Immediate Judgments     22
Energizing Volunteers     38
Assessing Preaching     53
Attracting and Caring for Staff     66
Engaging Society     84
Crafting a Global Vision     99
Mastering Suburban Wealth     116
Growing Together in Faith     132

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