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Growing an Engaged Church: How to Stop "Doing Church" and Start Being the Church Again [Hardcover]

By Albert L. Winseman (Author)
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What would a church look like if members of its congregation were 13 times more likely to have invited someone to participate in the church in the past month? Or if they were three times as satisfied with their lives, or spent two hours per week serving the community? Based on solid research by The Gallup Organization, Growing an Engaged Church appeals to both Protestant and Catholic clergy and lay leaders who are looking to create this kind of change - a way to be the church instead of just "doing church."

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What would a church look like if members of its congregation were 13 times more likely to have invited someone to participate in the church in the past month? Or if they were three times as satisfied with their lives, or spent two hours per week serving the community? Based on solid research by The Gallup Organization, Growing an Engaged Church appeals to both Protestant and Catholic clergy and lay leaders who are looking to create this kind of change — a way to be the church instead of just "doing church."


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Studio: Gallup Press
Pages   178
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.78" Width: 5.78" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   PERSEUS DISTRIBUTION INC #1220
ISBN  1595620141  
ISBN13  9781595620149  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Al Winseman, D.Min., is The Gallup Organization's Global Practice Leader for Faith-Based Organizations. He consults with congregations, denominations, and other religious organizations across the country, helping them put the power of engagement to work to improve their effectiveness. Winseman is a coauthor of Living Your Strengths (with more than 20,000 copies sold to date), a book that helps members of congregations discover and use their God-given talents and strengths.
Prior to joining Gallup, Winseman served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church for 15 years -- leading thriving churches, including one he built from the ground up. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with his wife, Jane, and their two college-aged daughters, Julie and Kaleigh.

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Discuss this one with your team  Jan 18, 2008
As a student of church health and assimilation I wondered if this book would be the same old, same old. Its not (or else I wouldn't be doing this review). This is a book your whole staff can engage. It will start a discussion that, I believe, will lead you to a much healthier church than before you started.
 
Meeting A Basic Human Need - Being Part of Something Bigger Than Mere Existance  Nov 24, 2007
Mainline Christian churches have been in decline for nearly 40 years, and increasingly are labeled as lifeless and outmoded. Albert Winseman's "Growing an Engaged Church" provides a thoughtful approach on how to turn this around and create a church that is full of life and in tune with the needs of all who seek to be part of something bigger than mere existence.

Winseman's work is based on the use of the Gallup Faith Poll and Congregational Engagement Index which is detailed at the end of the book. As his subtitle suggests, Winseman makes the case that most mainline churches insist on "doing" church (going through the motions) rather than "being" church, that is, building a parish of dedicated and energized members who are growing spiritually and, at the same time, are reaching out in concern and service to the world.

Humans are fundamentally spiritual beings, and that spirituality needs to find expression. Churches are ideally suited to meet this need but by failing in their task of "being," talents and strengths of members and prospective members go largely unrecognized and unharnessed. This translates to a vacuum for spiritual expression and a huge loss of human potential that otherwise could be tapped for the transformation of society.

Engagement describes the degree of belonging an individual has in his/her church. Engaged members drive the spiritual health of every church and the more engaged members there are in one's church, the healthier it is. A healthy church is the good soil that produces fruit in abundance.

Winseman destroys the myth that believing leads to belonging and establishes a new paradigm belonging leads to believing. He shows how the level of engagement provides the linkage to belonging and believing. He then provides a framework to engage members of a parish/congregation, the metrics to measure engagement, and lists the rewards that come with high level engagement.

There are three factors underlying the concept of engagement:

1. Feeling welcomed - "Am I valued?" and "Can I make a meaningful contribution?"
2. The value of membership - Does the commitment required for membership reflect the value placed on membership?
3. Emotions do matter - Engagement is how one feels about their church. Conservative churches have been doing a much better job at connecting with people at an emotional level than mainline churches. For the bond to have optimum strength, it must go beyond just the worship service or Mass.

And there are four outcomes that result from an "engaged church":

1. Members will be more satisfied with their lives.
2. Members will be more inviting - inviting others to "come and see.'
3. Members will be more engaged in serving others.
4. Members will be more inclined to give - engaged churches/parishes give more in terms of both percentage of income and actual dollars and time.

Church leaders - pastors, elders, deacons, pastoral council members, et al - will find "Growing an Engaged Church" provocative and useful in their quest to insure that their church fulfills its mission as a place to worship God, as way stations for rest and renewal in a broken world, as a place where fellow seekers can connect, and where all are empowered to reach out to a hurting society.

 
Extremely Satisfied  Jul 30, 2007
This is an extremely good book. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested to know more about reviving churches.
 
Research Proven Steps to Increase Member Engagement  Jul 22, 2007
Whether familiar with the Gallup Q12 from a corporate environment or new to this thinking, Albert Winseman gives a detailed overview, suitable to anyone, of the factors involved with a church member's choice to be engaged. He then presents strategic steps a church can take to measure and then increase engagement among the congregation. Growing an Engaged Church also has case studies of churches that have successfully turned around their church to become much more effective at doing God's work and meeting the needs of members. I have purchased copies for my church staff and we will be implementing several of the the practices.
 
Understand the Nominally Religious  Jun 26, 2007
A well-written treatise on the current problem that American churches have in garnering an engaged membership. For lay leaders of the church, it offers powerful ideas on how they can be more effective in growing a committed membership. Having been to a church that used many of these concepts, I can attest that their concepts are powerful.
 

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