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Mainline denominations have seen better times. Their diminishing membership has led some to conclude that these churches have had their day. From his vantage point as a sociologist and preacher, Tony Campolo challenges the assumption that denominations are on the road to extinction. He argues that if they can restructure themselves in relation to the major social changes of recent years and the years ahead, and if the church can recover a balance between evangelism and social action, they just might be able to make a comeback.
The book's first section diagnoses the social factors that have created the dire circumstances in which denominations now find themselves; the second section offers prescriptions that might bring a cure to their maladies. Campolo uses his own denomination as a case study of major changes that will have to be made in ministry, organization, and missions if mainline denominations are going to survive and grow.
Tony Campolo, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University, has authored 35 books. He is the former vice president of the American Baptist Churches, USA and Founder and President of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE), a mission organization that serves at-risk children in urban America and has helped establish schools and universities in several developing countries.
Dr. Campolo is a media commentator on religious, social and political matters, having guested on television programs like Nightline, Crossfire, Politically Incorrect, The Charlie Rose Show, Larry King Live and CNN News.
An ordained minister, Dr. Campolo currently serves as an associate pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia.
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