Treasures in Clay Jars: New Ways to Understand Your Church

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Thompson, a prolific author of church leadership resources, believes the continuing decline in membership of mainline denominations and the increasing number of multicultural and multiracial churches call for a new way of thinking: ministers must begin to see their ministry differently in order to do their ministry differently.

Treasures in Clay Jars is designed to provide persons in training for ministry with a paradigm-shifting framework to interpret and work effectively with ...

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2012 pp. 207. New book. Previously published by Pilgrim Press, 2003.

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Overview

Thompson, a prolific author of church leadership resources, believes the continuing decline in membership of mainline denominations and the increasing number of multicultural and multiracial churches call for a new way of thinking: ministers must begin to see their ministry differently in order to do their ministry differently.

Treasures in Clay Jars is designed to provide persons in training for ministry with a paradigm-shifting framework to interpret and work effectively with the complex dynamics of local faith communities. Thompson takes an innovative approach by utilizing explicit and relevant conceptual and theoretical tools from the social sciences—sociology, economics, and cultural anthropology—to engage future pastors to minister effectively to twenty-first-century congregations.

The book discusses congregations in five different ways: as social group, as bearer of meaning, as locus of exchange, as collective capacity, and as complex organization. A study guide is included for church leaders who would like to engage their congregations in this new paradigm of ministry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620320570
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

George B. Thompson Jr. is Professor of Leadership and Ministry Practice at The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, George. Thompson is the editor and co-author of Alligators in the Swamp: Power, Ministry, and Leadership (2005, The Pilgrim Press) and author of Church on the Edge of Somewhere: Ministry, Marginality, and the Future (The Alban Institute, 2007).

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Horseless carriage : why another "new" paradigm? 1
2 Beyond the cocoon syndrome : congregation as social group 17
3 Making your way around the village : congregation as bearer of meaning 53
4 Not a necessary evil : congregation as locus of exchange 89
5 "But Jesus never talked about that" : congregation as collective capacity 109
6 Being "like other nations" : congregation as complex organization 135
7 Clay jars : reflections on ministry practice 169
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    The paradigm shift you've been looking for!

    As a pastor, I ran into situations that I did not understand. This book gives me a set of lenses for making sense out of my church experience. Seminary did not prepare me the way that this book does. I never realized how much I could learn about a church by using sociology, anthropology and even economics. This book will give you a lot to think about, and some new ways to bring biblical and theological insight to ministry.

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