Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimonyby Lillian Daniel
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Lillian Daniel shares how her congregation re-appropriated the practice of testimony one Lenten season, a practice that would eventually revitalize their worship and transform their congregational culture. The experience strengthened lay leadership, fostered more intimate community, and drew the congregation closer to God. The book features the testimonies worshipers heard and reflections from both those who spoke and those who listened to these stories about God at work in the world.
The book is theologically grounded, reflects on actual practice, and provides a useful model for all our churches. We learn that the gift of testimony not only strengthens worship and community caring, testimony can even reshape administration and committee meetings.
The book is itself the testimony of a gifted and wise pastor, and like all faithful testimony, it convicts us and changes us, too.
Daniel offers us a new look at an old tradition that many mainline congregations have abandoned. And in doing so she shows how testimony, bearing witness, breaths new life into people and the congregations they love.
These pages are populated with real people who may have more questions than answers. And yet, by speaking from the heart, they point us to the mysterious reality that crackles just below the surface of life. Without question, this book has the power to transform congregations, as Daniel’s own congregation was wondrously transformed by the practice of testimony.
Daniel’s book tells the story of one congregation who learned that the power to make their gatherings alive and transformative lay not in a program or in technology, but in themselves—their own simple and profound stories of how they met God in various disguises and the difference it made. Oh, that more pastors and congregations could learn the same!
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Meet the Author
Lillian Daniel has served as senior minister of the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, IL since 2004. She is an editor at large for the Christian Century Magazine and a contributing editor at Leadership Journal, and has taught preaching at Chicago Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago Divinity School and at her alma mater, Yale Divinity School. She is the author of When Spiritual But Not Religious Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church and co-author of This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers with Martin B. Copenhaver. You can visit her website at http://www.lilliandaniel.com/.
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