Suburban Church

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664232948
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 0.39 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Arthur H. DeKruyter is Founding Pastor and Senior Pastor Emeritus of Christ Church in Oak Brook, Illinois. His professional honors include the 1996 Gutenberg Award; the establishment of the Arthur DeKruyter/Christ Church of Oak Brook Chair of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary; the establishment of the Arthur DeKruyter Chair in Faith and Communications at Calvin College; recognition as the first recipient of the Paul Butler Achievement Award for leadership; and selection as one of the Ten Outstanding Preachers in the Chicago area by the Chicago Tribune in 1981.

Quentin J. Schultze is Arthur H. DeKruyter Chair and Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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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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