Reinventing Your Church

Reinventing Your Church

by Brian D. McLaren

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310216544
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 02/28/1998
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE 7(2)
INTRODUCTION If you have a new world, you need a new church. You have a new world. 9(8)
STRATEGY ONE: MAXIMIZE DISCONTINUITY Distinguish between renewed, restored, and reconceived churches, and focus on the last.
17(10)
STRATEGY TWO: REDEFINE YOUR MISSION Clarify and simplify to "more Christians, better Christians," and take both parts seriously.
27(10)
STRATEGY THREE: PRACTICE SYSTEMS THINKING See the church program in terms of interrelated systems rather than quick fixes.
37(12)
STRATEGY FOUR: TRADE UP YOUR TRADITIONS FOR TRADITION Distinguish between church traditions and the Christian Tradition, and move emphasis from the former to the latter.
49(14)
STRATEGY FIVE: RESURRECT THEOLOGY AS ART AND SCIENCE Stop thinking of theology as a matter of technical training, in which answers are already known, and rejuvenate theology through a quest for truth and beauty.
63(8)
STRATEGY SIX: DESIGN A NEW APOLOGETIC Find fresh ways to communicate the gospel to the postmodern mind.
71(16)
STRATEGY SEVEN: LEARN A NEW RHETORIC Realize that old communication patterns are less and less effective in the new world, and discover new, appropriate modes of discourse.
87(8)
STRATEGY EIGHT: ABANDON STRUCTURES AS THEY ARE OUTGROWN Adopt a new paradigm for church structure that allows for routine reengineering based on changes in size, constituency, resources, and strategy.
95(16)
STRATEGY NINE: SAVE THE LEADERS Recognize the terrible toll that the transition time is taking on leaders; recognize their immense value to the church at this time; help them to be "saved" for their needed work.
111(14)
STRATEGY TEN: SUBSUME MISSIONS IN MISSION Understand the crisis in world missions, and help launch a new missionary movement.
125(26)
STRATEGY ELEVEN: LOOK AHEAD, FARTHER AHEAD Anchor your hope in the future rather than the past, and explore a new eschatology.
151(14)
STRATEGY TWELVE A: ENTER THE POSTMODERN WORLD-PART A: UNDERSTAND IT Understand postmodernism, and learn to see it from the inside.
165(12)
STRATEGY TWELVE B: ENTER THE POSTMODERN WORLD-PART B: ENGAGE IT Engage postmodernism, and maximize the opportunities it presents.
177(20)
STRATEGY THIRTEEN: ADD TO THIS LIST Help your church become a learning organization that discovers and implements its own new strategies.
197(6)
APPENDIX: STRATEGY SPECIFICS 203(14)
NOTES 217(6)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 223

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