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Overview How can churches, inspite of decline, remain engaged in the mission of transforming lives? This book encourages church communities, includes worship and leader models. Offering church leadership opportunities to guide congregations in the journey where transformation and renewal is constant and embraced.
Publishers Description Recent talk and thinking about congregations concentrate on the fact that church attendance is on the decline. Book after book discusses methods of getting more people to attend worship services. But author Kirk Hadaway thinks an important part of the conversation is missing -- how can churches, in spite of the decline, remain engaged in the mission of transforming lives?
Behold, I Do a New Thing does not offer easy solutions but encourages readers to rethink the elements of church communities, including worship and leader models. Looking at churches in new ways and holding new expectations will allow church leadership to guide congregations in the journey where transformation and renewal is constant and embraced.
This is an invaluable book for pastors and lay leaders.
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The best book I've read on Transformational Ministry Nov 15, 2007
Is your church struggling? Then read this book. C. Kirk Hadaway is an intelligient and faithful Christian who has studied churches for over 20 years. He correctly points out that most congregations in decline hope to change their fate by calling a "new, dynamic" pastor. He argues this is the wrong place to start. Instead, he urges congregations to ask FIRST the questions "What is the church?" and "What business are we in?" It is only when a congregation discovers/rediscovers the identity and the purpose that God has given them, that they can be transformed, and transforming. This book is not naive, nor does it offer quick fixes. What is does provide is practical advice as to how a church can become an incarnational community, versus being merely a club, company, or a group of followers. Great book, very thought provoking.
Helpful, especially the analysis of "goal displacement" Aug 12, 2006
Hadaway is one of a number of people working towards renewal of the mainline denominations. In the first chapter he identifies the problem of goal displacement -- "a process by which the primary mission of an organization is replaced by operative goals that have little, if anything, to do with the organization's original reason for being." Hadaway suggests that this has happened in our churches: "Many churches which began as life-saving clubs for their community slowly become more like clans, gangs, or social clubs through goal displacement. They forget why they exist and what they are for." He calls for radical transformation. "Churches should ask themselves, 'What business are we in?' And once they (re)discover their business, they should stick to it." The rest of the book is devoted to offering tools, models, and suggestions for how to reclaim a transformational vision in the local church.