Item description for Power Surge: 6 Marks of Discipleship for a Changing Church by Michael W. Foss...
Overview Drawn from his own experience, Michael W. Foss presents a strong case for transforming congregations from a membership model to a discipleship model of church affiliation. Beginning with a careful analysis of recent patterns in church membership/demographics that argue for this paradigm shift, subsequent chapters detail the unique leadership and organizational needs of a discipleship model, explore the building and maintaining of fundamental trust_in God and in God's people_as the cornerstone of the model, and provide practical help for assessing the present and developing strategies for moving into the future. Addressed to professional and non-professional church leaders interested in transforming their churches into centers for discipleship and mission, it proposes a grace-centered rather than legalistic model of discipleship, builds a bridge through transferable principles between congregational mission mindedness and the individual Christian's life of faith, and offers practical helps so congregations can make the transition between membership and discipleship paradigms.
Publishers Description A powerful plan to transform church members into impassioned disciples.Drawing on his experience at Prince of Peace, Foss makes the case for transforming congregations from a membership model to a discipleship model of church affiliation. The book begins with a careful analysis of recent patterns in church membership/demographics which argue for this paradigm shift. Subsequent chapters detail the unique leadership and organizational needs of a discipleship model; explore the building and maintaining of fundamental trust-in God and in His people-as the cornerstone of the model; and provide practical helps for assessing the present and strategies for moving into the future. Addressed to rostered and non-rostered professional and non-professional church leaders interested in transforming their churches into centers for discipleship and mission, Power Surge makes the case for a dynamic, functional model of church affiliation that moves away from a membership model centered on prerogatives of membership to a discipleship model centered on the notion of Christian vocation/calling. It proposes a grace-centered, rather than legalistic, model of discipleship and builds a bridge through transferable principles between congregational mission mindedness and the individual Christian's life of faith. This book utilizes assessment tools and practical helps so that congregations can make the transition between membership and discipleship paradigms, as it draws on the experience of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church as a case study illustrating the principles of a discipleship model of church affiliation.
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Studio: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2000
Publisher AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB. #99
ISBN 0800632648 ISBN13 9780800632649
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More About Michael W. Foss
Rev. Dr. Michael W. Foss is Senior Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 1115 Grand Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50265
Michael W. Foss currently resides in Burnsville, in the state of Minnesota. Michael W. Foss was born in 1948.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Power Surge: 6 Marks of Discipleship for a Changing Church?
Power Surge: 6 Marks of Discipleship for a Changing Church Jan 18, 2007
Michael Foss has the unique ability to communicate the scope and sequence of church growth principles effectively. A must read book for pastors and lay leaders.
Hope for churches in the future Jul 31, 2006
Great book with concrete suggestions for turning church members into disciples. Definitely worth owning as a pastor or lay person.
Discipleship - that's what we should be about Oct 31, 2005
Discipleship - what the church has been missing for way too many years. Pastor Foss does a great job outlining what Discipleship is about and gives a great example of how one church can remember and live Christian Discipleship. I think the key from this book is rediscovering Discipleship and then creatively teaching Discipleship in one's own ministry.
At Long Last - Discipleship Sep 24, 2001
It was especially meaningful to note that this book was written by a Lutheran pastor. Power Surge is nothing less than a down-to-earth primer on how to go about becoming the kind of church Jesus had in mind. As a lifelong Lutheran who has found it difficult to watch his denomination in continual decline, Mike Foss' book provides a heartfelt glimmer of hope. It may not be too late for the mainline Protestant churches after all.
Power Surge discusses the church's decline, describes where we've been and explains why the old church membership model was doomed to fall short. Based on the practical, successful pastoral and discipleship experiences of the author, Power Surge outlines a dynamic and Biblical discipleship paradigm for the church. The essential aspects of leadership are explained, and the marks of individual and corporate discipleship are revealed and supported.
Power Surge moves beyond the theoretical, focusing on how to implement this fundamental shift within the life of a congregation, including the challenges and pitfalls to be encountered along the way.
In addition to presenting a needed discipleship vision for the church, each chapter provides questions for prayerful reflection. Power Surge works to renew the discipleship of each individual reader as well as each congregation.
A must read for every church leader!
A book for all church "members" Mar 14, 2001
In a nutshell: Ever since the church received state sanction under the Emperor Constantine, Westerners became members largely because they were citizens in a Christian society. As Western civilization grew, so did the church. This membership mindset, according to Foss, is no longer viable in our post-Christian society. No longer does the church enjoy state, or even social sanction. And today, membership in organizations implies dues-paying for the purpose of receiving a benefit at best, and passivity at worst. Foss' answer is to replace our membership mindset with a discipleship mindset. While membership churches will lose steam in the decades ahead, discipleship churches will thrive. Foss then shares six marks he believes are central to discipleship.
This book is excellent because Foss puts clear words to the feelings that many of us have in our gut. I am using his book as the basis for a challenging Lenten sermon series in my congregation. My opening statement, "What if tomorrow we abolished the concept of membership at our church?" grabbed their attention and it has been held ever since. A large percentage of my congregation has purchased this book and is now reading it during our Lenten journey. I have received tons of positive feedback, and there is now a visible surge of passion for our congregation's future!