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"Church renewal ought to be everybody's business from the pulpit to the door," writes Preston Washington in a frank discussion of his experiences as pastor of a lower Harlem church which was dying physically and spiritually.
Washington addresses two serious questions that concern pastors:
• How do pastors and leaders confront the imminent death of their congregations and move quickly enough to seek renewal?• How might a church develop in spite of faithful people who cling to their "holy" past?
Offering "no pat plan in ten easy lessons," he talks about the importance of prayer discipline, dependence on the Holy Spirit for guidance, and helping members grow in discipleship. His ideas include a Vision Group for open forum discussion, sharing, and program planning; plus a plan for involving pew-sitters in ministry.
No proponent of isolationist piety, Washington tells about his church' venture into housing rehabilitation to help the community. This inspiring story of an old church that found a vibrant new life and mission will encourage all pastors concerned about their dying congregations.
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