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Mainline to the Future: Congregations for the 21st Century [Paperback]

By Jackson W. Carroll (Author)
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While others lament the declining attendance of mainline churches and blame it on a stodgy and out of date tradition, Jackson W. Carroll offers a more hopeful perspective. According to Carroll, the key to the future health and vitality of mainline churches can be found in that same tradition. In Mainline to the Future: Congregations for the 21st Century, Carroll states that tension between change and tradition has always been part of the Protestant heritage. He believes that when older practices are challenged by change, tradition can no longer be accepted at face value and must be adapted. In this spirit, Carroll calls mainline churches to "go forward, remembering." Neither change nor tradition supercedes the other. Both are gifts of divine grace that enable churches to live faithfully in the world. When churches no longer accept tradition as unchangeable, they are free to engage in dialogue with the secular culture and are able to retrieve and reinterpret selective aspects of their tradition in ways that are meaningful for today's congregations. True to the Protestant tradition itself, the ability to adapt allows the authority of tradition to shift from being "out there" to being "in here." Thus does the church reclaim its interpretive power to make the Gospel relevant to every time and place.

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While others lament the declining attendance of mainline churches and blame it on an out-of-date tradition, Jackson Carroll offers a more hopeful perspective, arguing that they key to future vitality can be found in the same tradition. According to Carroll, the tension between tradition and change has always been part of the Protestant heritage, and he argues that now is a time when being faithful requires adaptation.

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   130
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.55" Width: 5.55" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.43 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2000
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664222536  
ISBN13  9780664222536  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jackson W. Carroll is the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. emeritus professor of religion and society at Duke University Divinity School. He is the director of Pulpit & Pew, a major research project on pastoral leadership at Duke Divinity School.
Wade Clark Roof is the J. F. Rowny professor of religion and society and chair of the religious studies department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jackson W. Carroll currently resides in the state of North Carolina. Jackson W. Carroll has an academic affiliation as follows - Duke Univ. Divinity School Duke University Divinity School Duke Univer.

Jackson W. Carroll has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Pulpit & Pew
  2. Religion in America


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