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Overview We're living in a postmodern society where mainline church membership is declining and congregants are aging. What's the key to bringing about renewal? Transforming Congregational Culture, says Anthony Robinson. Arguing that "cultural change" goes deeper than just adding new programs, he suggests ways to lead life-transforming worship; implement Christian formation for all ages; involve people in ministry; be sensitive to the Holy Spirit; and more.
Publishers Description Many recent books have attempted to address the "crisis" in the mainline church. Anthony Robinson here makes a significant -- and in many ways unique -- contribution to this discussion by bringing his personal insights as a pastor to bear on the issue of renewing congregational life. Writing from twenty-five years of experience in four congregations of differing size, location, and ethnic makeup, Robinson prescribes concrete changes in the practice of ministry that have been tried, tested, and lived out to great success. At the heart of his framework for church renewal is what he calls "cultural change." According to Robinson, technical or programmatic change is not sufficient to address the needs of the day. He argues for changing the very culture of mainline congregations, which involves recognizing and fostering their particular gifts and genius rather than trying to remake them into something they are not. His fruitful strategies for renewal touch every aspect of congregational life, from personal spiritual formation to church leadership.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2003
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802805183 ISBN13 9780802805188
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More About Anthony B. Robinson
Anthony B. Robinson was a minister at Plymouth Congregational Church in Seattle for 14 years. A regular contributor to such publications as the Christian Century and a popular speaker on spiritual and religious issues, he lives in Seattle.
Anthony B. Robinson currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Transforming Congregational Culture?
Understanding the Purpose of the Church Nov 10, 2007
This is an excellent book. I have read the book twice. Having been a pastor for over 25 years I can only say I wish I had read this book sooner. What is significant about this book is that it lays out a clear vision of what the mission of the church should be. The book offers a number of excellent ideas though it is not so much a handbook on how to do ministry as it is a vision of what the church should be about. If I were to give a young pastor starting out in the ministry only one book, this would be it.
Excellent resource for mainline church leaders Jun 3, 2007
A no-nonsense analysis of the predicament of and opportunities for old mainline churches as their leaders seek to do faithful ministry in a post-modern American culture.
Helpful, though not necessarily groundbreaking Aug 12, 2006
Another book, similar to some others that I have reviewed, that articulately describes the challenges confronting us in the postmodern world, the ways that congregations need to be transformed, and the leadership skills that are necessary for the task.
Robinson argues that we need the following transformations: from worship as talk about God to worship as experience of God; from Christian education to Christian formation; from givers to receivers who give; from board culture to ministry culture; from community organization to faith-based ministry; from democracy to discernment; from budget as end to budget as means; from fellowship to hospitality; and from passive membership growth to active membership growth.
Robinson didn't say a whole lot that I thought was new and different from a number of other books I have been reading recently, but on the other hand the more I wrestle with the changing world and the more I read books like this, the greater clarity I achieve about the task that lies ahead, and my role in it.
Transforming Congregational Culture Mar 20, 2004
As an Elder in a Presbyterian church which has been undergoing cultural changes in the past 5-10 years, I found Mr. Robinson's book facinating. It is an easy read and it lays out so many changes that my own church has witnessed. After reading the book and finding out that Mr. Robinson lives in Seattle, I plan on visiting his church when I am there visiting my son and granddaughter. I also plan on getting other members of the church together for a book discussion and try to implement some of the suggestions layed out in the book.