The Mission Table: Renewing Congregation and Community

The Mission Table: Renewing Congregation and Community

by Stephen P. Bouman

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The Mission Table: Renewing Congregation and Community by Stephen P. Bouman

In a time of declining mainline Protestant church attendance, Bouman reminds us that the Holy Spirit is still very much at work. It is the mission of our churches to aid God’s reconciling and restoring action in the world. This conversation on mission must involve everyone including laypeople, pastors, seminarians, and emerging congregational leaders. Each chapter contains scripture, questions, and activities, allowing for group study, reflection, and action. The goal is ultimately to help every member of the church to live as signs of the God who made the world and who will make all things new.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451479287
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 08/14/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 201 KB

About the Author

Stephen P. Bouman has served as leader of the domestic mission unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 2008. Previoulsy, he served as pastor in mission congregations in multicultural and poverty contexts and as a bishop of the church. He has experienced firsthand the kind of Christ-centered, faith-sharing, table -oriented ministry about which he writes in these pages.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction: Mission and the Mainline 1

1 The Table of Creation 7

2 From the Kitchen Table to the Altar Table 15

3 Seeking Hospitality at New Tables 29

4 The Congregation: A Table for Mission 39

5 Mission Table Leadership 71

6 Setting Mission Tables 87

7 Restoring the Broken Table 103

Notes 119

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