Item description for Being Church, Becoming Community by John M. Buchanan...
Overview John Buchanan, pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, challenges the church to have an impact on the community at large. Drawing from his experience at Fourth Presbyterian, he explores the specific ways the church intersects the life of the community. He vigorously affirms the Reformed tradition's unique strengths and heritage, as well as its ongoing relevance in today's world. To Buchanan, mainline churches have an obligation to be in the world, and their effectiveness requires that they not abandon their traditions. Churches need to steer a course that allows them both the ability to maintain a singular way in the world and a creative response to questions of meaning, hope, vocation, and values.
To John Buchanan, mainline churches have an obligation to be in the world, and their effectiveness requires that they not abandon their traditions. Churches need to steer a course that allows them to maintain a singular way in the world and to creatively respond to questions of meaning, hope, vocation, and values. In this book, Buchanan explores the specific ways the church intersects with community life. He vigorously affirms the Reformed tradition's unique strength and heritage, as well as its ongoing relevance in today's world.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 1996
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664256694 ISBN13 9780664256692
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More About John M. Buchanan
John M. Buchanan is pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago and editor and publisher of "The Christian Century". He is the author of "Being Church, Becoming Community", published by WJK.
John M. Buchanan was born in 1938.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Being Church, Becoming Community?
Great Book Oct 11, 2007
This book is great for every ministry leader that wants a better understanding of the church's responsibility to the community.
Hopeful encouragement and reflection on church life Dec 3, 1999
John Buchanan has written a book that will uplift many a pastor and church member. He reflects on what it means for local churches to be and do community, in the context of his experience as pastor of a large, downtown church. In some respects, Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago is quite distinctive; yet Buchanan's discussion of the meaning of church and church life feels in no way elitist or unusual.
Many books have been published in the past several years that sing dirges over the plight of many churches. Buchanan does not ignore the problems that churches face, nor the conditions that create them. Neither does he spew out trendy techniques for pulling one's church out of a tailspin. Rather, he discusses stories in the Bible and how he sees those stories addressing churches today. And he dares to probe theologically about what it means to be God's people--without sounding either academic or superficial.
This is the kind of readable yet thoughtful book to give to a pastor or church leader who might be feeling discouraged about ministry. It is a book about hope in the face of change and forces that would diminish our capacity to join together in faith. I recommend the book without qualification.
George Thompson Associate Professor of Church Administration and Leadership The Interdenominational Theological Center Atlanta, Georgia