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Read the table of contents and preface.
The contemporary church hungers for renewal. We need new ideas, new paradigms, fresh understanding, and different ways of reaching out to a world in a constant state of change.
Longtime pastor and church consultant Howard E. Friend recommends looking inward for the purpose of recovering the "sacred center." He explores:
• The crisis and the challenge facing the church and the choices we are called upon to make• How to think and speak theologically in a way that encompasses the idea of sacred center• Leadership, organization, and governance in transforming congregations
In Recovering the Sacred Center, readers will discover new ways of understanding themselves and the mission of the church.
"Using metaphor, story, and reflection, Howard Friend develops a theological and practical guide to congregation renewal. In reaction to more task- and goal-oriented strategies, Friend offers new ways to think about the process of congregational change...a valuable guide for congregations in search of renewed vitality." Congregational Resource Guide
"In a time when the local church edges precariously close to irrelevance, disconnected from both its congregants and the world it is called to serve, Howard Friend's message and challenge is more than merely timely; it is urgent." Gordon Cosby, Church of the Saviour, Washington, D.C.
"In a day when we are witnessing a sad decline in our mainline religious institutions, Howard Friend's insights are exactly what churches need to hear in order to renew their livesand to be a force for renewal in the larger society." Dr. Parker J. Palmer, author, educator, activist, and founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal
"This book will get you thinking, praying, and changing. Most of all it will help you to see ways that your church can change." Tony Campolo, president, Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE), professor emeritus, Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania
Howard E. Friend Jr. has served several churches as pastor, most notably the Gladwyne (PA) Presbyterian Church, which he served for twenty-three years. As a founder of the Parish Empowerment Network, he is a consultant and retreat and workshop leader devoted to helping churches and church-related organizations identify and overcome the challenges before them.
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