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This collection offers "one big idea" from each of an array of emerging Christian leaders who are invested in addressing some of the concerns of today's church. The contributors share insights from their generational and vocational perspectives, critically engage in dialogue, and debate the traditional models of ministry and leadership. While appreciating what they have inherited, the authors display their faith in congregations' ability to change and adapt.
• Discipleship issues such as Sunday school, Intergenerational worship settings, & evangelism• Redefinition of community through strategic planning, ecumenical partnerships and communication in a larger world• And pursuit of justice through inclusion of the poor and the prisoner
Recognizing the generational shift within congregations across the country and anticipating areas of church life that require attention or reform, this volume offers possibilities for new directions within Christian communities.
• Challenges the church to consider alternative ways to doing church in order to strengthen and grow congregations• Offers practical strategies that address key areas of congregational health• Explores the core themes of community, discipleship, and justice with emerging Christian leaders of diverse denominations, generations and vocations
Adam Bond, MA, PhD, is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA, and currently works as Assistant Professor of Historical Studies and American Baptist liaison at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond. His previous ministry work included serving for six years on the American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin staff, and writing for Judson Bible Journeys for Adults.
Laura Mariko Cheifetz, MBA, MDiv, is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She serves as the executive director of church and public relations at Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. A preacher, speaker and writer in a variety of settings throughout the church, she previously worked with The Fund for Theological Education in Decatur, GA.
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