"A Project Test Pattern Book in Parish Development".
[By] Loren B. Mead, with research assistance of Elisa L. DesPortes".
[P]ublished under the auspices of the National Advisory Committee on Evangelism, the Rt. Rev. Lloyd Gressle, Chairman, and the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church". -- verso of t.-p.
"Foreword by Reuel L. Howe".
"Robert Brown, then the Episcopal Bishop of Arkansas, and John Hines, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, conceived the possibility of careful, responsible experimentation leading toward the renewal of local congregations. Through their leadership and their dreams, Project Test Pattern (PTP) was born in June 1969 as a temporary force within the Church to produce the kind of study that could be immediately put into action. ..... Project Test Pattern, an agency committed to learning how parishes actually operate and how they could operate more effectively. .... Where the consultations worked and where it did not, the consultants' reports of their work provided PTP with valuable insights into the dynamics of parishes -- how clergy and laity interact, the difficulties of church committees have in making decisions and taking action, how changes affect people in parishes, which consultant methods work and which do not. The body of information was of a kind that simply had not existed before. .... This book is an attempt to make available to a broader audience the findings of the PTP network -- a network that now contains some thirty project advisers and seventy parish development consultants" -- Preface.
Contents: Dedication -- Foreword / Reuel L. Howe -- Preface dated Mount St. Alban, Ash Wednesday, 1972 / L.B.M. -- The Parish Church Today -- The Story of St. Michael's / Elisa L. DesPortes -- The Story of St. Bartholomew's / Elisa L. DesPortes -- The Story of First Church / Loren B. Mead with Celia A. Hahn -- The Story of St. Mark's / Elisa L. DesPortes with Celia A. Hahn -- Learnings About Parish Life -- The Christian Gospel and the Parish Church -- The Parish Church: Hope for Tomorrow.