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Overview The power of narrative or story in shaping Scripture, proclamation, and the individual Christian has been studied extensively in recent years. This ground-breaking volume shows the power of narrative at work in the congregation and equips church leaders to discover the unique language and shared stories of their own community of faith. Dr. James Hopewell, who died in 1984, had learned as a missionary in Africa to analyze story as a formative element in community life. This posthumously published study applies the methods of a cultural antropologist to American church life. Unlike some who are cynical and despairing about congregational life in this country, the author finds it a "thick gathering" - a complex but hopeful blend of myths and meaning that give significance to every activity, regardless of how trivial it may seem. He affirms that "even a plain church on a pale day catches one in a deep current of narrative interpretation and representation by which people give sense and order to their lives".
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Christian Century - 05/04/2010 page 31
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Studio: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.08" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2006
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN 0800619560 ISBN13 9780800619565
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Storyteller's method for studying congregational culture. Jul 24, 2007
A way of studying and understanding congregational culture. Extemely helpful to preachers, pastors, lay leaders and others who are seeking to understand and thereby better lead/guide a congregation. Hopewell's method, based on narrative types developed by Northrope Frye, is truly and genuinely original. He argues for a narrative-based analysis of congegational culture. Our stories about ourselves best reveal who we are. Very highly recommended.