The Truth Will Set You Free

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Protestant and Catholic TrailblazersThe New Orleans Pastoral Summit united Protestant and Catholic clergy in an unprecedented mutual search for today's best ways to spread the Word. With churches as small as 60 members and as large as 10,000, these clergy shared their hands-on, groundbreaking strategies to revitalize both individuals and communities. Their presentations are collected here, as well as contact information for each presenter. Dynamic from first page to last, this exciting new book shows how to— · ...
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Overview

Protestant and Catholic TrailblazersThe New Orleans Pastoral Summit united Protestant and Catholic clergy in an unprecedented mutual search for today's best ways to spread the Word. With churches as small as 60 members and as large as 10,000, these clergy shared their hands-on, groundbreaking strategies to revitalize both individuals and communities. Their presentations are collected here, as well as contact information for each presenter. Dynamic from first page to last, this exciting new book shows how to— · create a warm, welcoming church environment. · transform ordinary churchgoers into enthusiastic lay leaders. · successfully get members to tithe their time, talents, and money. · reach youth, the unchurched, and the marginalized. · prevent pastoral and lay leader burnout. · better fill the needs of the community and surrounding neighborhood.

Paul Wilkes, project director for the Pastoral Summit, is an author, educator, and lecturer. In addition to teaching at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, he has worked extensively in radio, film, and television. His many books include Beyond the Walls, The Good Enough Catholic, The Seven Secrets of Successful Catholics, and Excellent Catholic Parishes: The Guide to Best Places and Practices. Marty Minchin, project associate of the Pastoral Summit, is a former reporter for Newsday and the Wilmington Star-News. She teaches composition and literature at UNC-Wilmington.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809105656
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Background on the Parish/Congregation Study and the Pastoral Summit 5
Inreach: Deepening Faith Commitments
Reality-Based Sermons: A Catholic Perspective 11
Reality-Based Sermons: A Protestant Perspective 21
The Stewardship Way of Life 33
Retreat - and Then Advance 43
Evangeling: Effectively Connecting with Your Community
Rural Churches as Missionary Outposts 53
Simple Ways to Spread the Faith 63
Sanctifying the Neighborhood: Inserting a Church into the Community 75
Evangelizing the Marginalized - and Ourselves 83
Lay Leadership: The Power of the Faithful
Making Disciples - Then What? Training for the Newly Involved/Converted 97
The Care and Training of Lay Leaders 105
Creating a Collaborative Culture 121
Church Dynamics: Making Ministry Work
Psychological Profile of the Effective Pastor/Lay Minister 135
Partnering 151
One Pastor, Thousands of Congregants: New Roles for Priests and Lay People 165
One Pastor, Thousands of Congregants: Creative Chaos and the Evangelism of Contagion 173
As a Church Changes: A Protestant Perspective 183
As a Church Changes: A Catholic Perspective 191
On the Edge: Radical Church Models
Church Planting: Finding Islands of Hope 201
Reaching Bikers: Church in the Wind 209
Seeker-Sensitive Catholic Parishes 215
How to "Seekerize" Your Church 227
Connecting Postmoderns 243
The Power of Commitment: It Can Happen Anywhere 253
Presenters 271
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