"This book is intended to be a compass for the 1990s, not a detailed road map. Its task is to help you find the way forward, not give people precise details of how to get there. We hope you will use it to help yourselves, the parishes, dioceses and other Episcopal Church institutions of which you are a part to plan effectively for the days ahead. .... In the course of watching and thinking, we have identified thirteen trends we believe will shape the Episcopal Church during the next generation. Many of these have parallels in the other historical Christian traditions ion this country, while some are uniquely our own and we perceive to be God's gift to our Church. While the unexpected will certainly happen and some of these points will require reworking, we are confident that most of these concepts will play an important part in directing the flow of our lives as Episcopalians for a number of years to come." -- How to Use this Book.
Contents: Acknowledgements / The Authors -- How to Use this Book -- Setting the Scene -- Renewal Movements Come of Age -- The Liberal Consensus Begins to Erode -- A Groundswell toward Creedal Orthodoxy -- The Mushrooming of Spirituality and Formation Movements -- The Liturgical Revolution Comes to an End -- The Rising Profile of Women -- New Ministers for a New Millennium -- Outsiders Flock to the Episcopal Church -- A New Confidence in Evangelism -- The Continued Priority of Stewardship -- The Spread of Single-Issue Organizations -- The Rise of Networks, the Decline of Hierarchy -- Episcopalians As World Christians -- Where Are the Trends Taking Us ? -- Episcopal Trends Survey -- End Notes.