"When all is said and done, however, there are only two, not forty-four, ways to increase attendance in any congregation. One is to increase the frequency of attendance of those who are now attending. .... The second approach is to reach more people. .... Many of the suggestions in this book are designed to increase the frequency of attendance. Others are designed to attract first-time visitors and a few are included to increase the probability that first-time visitors will return the following Sunday". -- Intro., p. 14, 15.
Contents: Introduction -- Being with the Worship Experience -- Review the Schedule -- What Are Your Operational Policies ? -- The Power of Program -- Real Estate Considerations Do Influence Attendance -- Institutional Factors -- What Next ?
"Copyright 1981. Tenth Printing 1990". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical endnotes.
"Written for both lay and ordained congregational leaders, this timely book diagnoses the causes of church passivity. and formulates a method for combatting the problem. Dr. Schaller classifies churches according to their internal dynamics (rather than denomination or geographical location), and demonstrates how many have overcome the 'twenty-year syndrome' -- that awkward time when relatively new churches tend to lose their sense of direction. He also shows how churches can make a smooth transition from one pastor to another, and now new members can be used in establishing an effective church program". -- back cover.
Contents: Introduction -- What is Your Classification System ? -- What is a Passive Church ? -- How Do We Redefine Role ? -- What Are the Alternatives ? -- New Members: Assets or Liabilities ? -- Passivity During the Honeymoon -- What Are Your Assumptions ? -- Notes.
"[By] Reginald Stackhouse, Principal Emeritus and Research Professor, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto".
Contents: Preface: There is now more good news than bad -- Acknowledgments -- We live in a time of declining denominations and growing churches -- Within every church there is a growth potential praying to get out -- To grow as it should, a church must first "think growth" -- Growth churches have not followed a formula, but they have evolved a pattern -- Important as content is, growth depends more on style -- Churches sustain growth not by gimmicks but by their quality of life -- Creative planning makes use of demographic change to ensure growth -- New churches emerge when old ones fail to meet needs -- We need fewer churches but more ministries -- Signs of recovery after decades of recession -- Epilogue: the secrets of growth.
"With the concept of the blessed church, Graham Standish brings us back to an understanding of what it means to be the church that experiences God as well as serves God. A blessed church, Graham says, `is a glimpse of what a church can be. It is a vision, a glimpse of a healthy church uniquely grounded in a relationship with God that allows blessings to flow through it.' Plainly put, the people of a blessed church experience God rather than merely experiencing church. They may talk about God and serve God, yet their overarching desire is actually to know and experience God in some personal and direct way". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / E. Stanley Ott -- Acknowledgments -- Part I: Becoming a Blessed Church -- 1. What Is a Blessed Church ? -- 2. Setting a Spiritual Foundation -- Part II: Forming a Church of Purpose, Presence, and Power -- 3. Grounded in God's Purpose -- 4. Alive to God's Presence -- 5. Open to God as Power -- Part III: Leading a Church to Blessedness -- 6. Becoming a Blessed Leader -- 7. Leading the Blessed Church -- 8. Leading the Church to Blessedness -- Appendix A: Assessing the Church's Spiritual Openness -- Appendix B: Session Agenda -- Appendix C: Discerning God's Purpose for the Church -- Appendix D: Discerning Direction for a Particular Issue -- Appendix E: A Prayerful Process for Discerning Committee Budgets -- Appendix F: All Committee Budgeting Process -- Appendix G: Guiding Members to Give -- Appendix H: Sample Stewardship Materials -- Appendix I: A Guide to Healing Prayer -- Appendix J: Nominating Committee Members - Appendix K: Becoming an Elder at Calvin Presbyterian Church -- Appendix L: A Guide to Holding Spiritually Grounded Meetings -- Appendix M: Four Principles of Discernment -- Appendix N: A Guide to Creating a Prayer Group -- Notes.
"Published 1995 for the Board of Mission of the General Synod of the Church of England by Church House Publishing". -- verso of t.-p.
"[B]y Robert Warren: The Church of England's National Officer for Evangelism".
Bibliography: p. 54.
This paper "represents the fruit of the work of Canon Robert Warren during the first year as the Board's National Office for Evangelism as he has reflected on the Lambeth 88 call for the Church of England to become `a movement for mission'. "... it is intended to stimulate thought about how the Church should be the Church as it prepares to enter the third millennium. In view of the rapidly changing culture in which we live, this is an important issue. In this debate both `revolutionists' and `evolutionists' will hopefully develop their arguments". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface / The Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Butler, Bishop of Leicester, Chairman of the Board of Mission -- Introduction -- Culture shift as the context for mission -- Understanding the pastoral mode -- Defining the missionary mode -- Can a missionary congregation work ? -- How can a missionary congregation work ? -- Concluding reflection -- Appendix A: The marks of a missionary congregation -- Appendix B: For further reading.
Colophon: Printed in Scotland by Bell and Bain Ltd, Glasgow. Production organised by Indeprint Print Production Services, London.
Includes bibliographical references, pp.-126.
"Nothing on earth lives forever -- not even congregations. ... Alice Mann explains how the natural life cycle of a congregation as well as other internal and external factors can produce a congregation that is in real trouble. She then offers hope for congregations that want to change. Practical options for congregations, leadership challenges for laity and clergy, and ways to work with denominations are detailed, and engaging discussion questions provide a basis for congregational planning". -- inside front cover.
Contents: Foreword / Anthony G. Pappas -- Preface -- What is Redevelopment ? -- Why Your Congregation Is In Trouble Now -- Reconnecting Congregation with Context -- Assessing Your Options -- What Do We Do Next ? -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Appendix A: Trend Scan: The View from Here -- Appendix B: What Happens Between Sizes / Alice Mann -- Appendix C: Diocesan Coalition for Mission and Ministry Guidelines, Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania -- Appendix D: Expectations and Responsibilities of a New Pastor/Congregation under the Synodical Appointment Process for Redevelopment, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA -- Appendix E: Collaborative Development Report, Physis Associates.
"We are living with a foot in each of two worlds today. For many North American Christians, 'mission' still connotes sending representatives of Western Christianity to the non-Western world, laden with crayons and vaccines. For others, the notion of becoming 'missional' has completely transformed their sense of the church as an institution and their role in it. For these Christians, 'mission' is no longer about an optional activity of the church but about participating in God's redeeming activity in a world bent on self-destruction. [This book] will try to speak to both these audiences: tracing the sea change and its implications for preachers who have yet to encounter the word 'missional' in their daily lives, and offering concrete suggestions for a reconception of the preaching task for those whose imaginations have already been captured by the possibilities inherent in a missional identity." -- Intro.
This book "is both a work of theology and a how-to-guide for preachers who want to rethink both the form and the content of their preaching in order to move a congregation from maintenance to mission". -- back cover.
Contents: [Series] Editor's Foreword / John D. Witvliet -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Missional: Is That a Word ? -- The Quick Fix Is No Longer an Option -- The Kingdom of God and Healing: The New Testament Model -- Reimagining the Kingdom of God -- Reimagining the Congregation -- Reimagining Scripture -- Crafting and Preaching the Missional Sermon -- Notes.
"The reason millennium people are so pleased and excited to be associated with a favorite team (whether in sports, music, social service, or corporate business) is that they are experiencing organizational life and sharing organized leadership, in a whole new way. Churches have been many things over the ages -- commune, prayer group, parish, agency, corporation, and institution -- but in the new millennium they need to be something else: a team". -- p. 10.
Contents: Who Is Your Favourite Team ? -- What is Coaching ? -- The Value of Instant Replay -- Coaching Teams -- Rebuilding the Team -- Counterbalanced Leadership -- Mature Players -- Contemporary Equipment -- Team Spirit -- Coach of the Year ! -- Building Momentum -- Courageous Leadership -- So Get Out There and Coach !