Item description for Worlds Within A Congregation: Dealing With Theological Diversity by W. Paul Jones...
Overview Jones examines the existence and character of theological diversity within congregations and shows how such diversity can be a positive factor. "Worlds Within a Congregation" can help readers understand how this diversity shapes the preferred ways of doing a number of things in the ministry of a congregation, such as worship, mission, service and interaction.
In Worlds Within a Congregation, W. Paul Jones follows up on his previous work Theological Worlds in a most practical way. He argues that many church communities consist of sub-congregations, which have come about not as the result of divisive intentions, but as congregants naturally group themselves according to preferred styles of worship, interaction, stewardship, and so forth. Jones suggests that this struggle with theological diversity in congregations is something to be understood and embraced, rather than fled from as a grounds of division, and shows how--by understanding the different variations in a congregation--one can better minister with and to the congregation.
Key Features: * Examines the existence and character of theological diversity within congregations * Shows that theological diversity within a congregation can be a positive factor in the life of congregations * Follows up on a previous book (Theological Worlds)
Key Benefits: * Readers will learn to analyze and evaluate theological diversity within a congregation * Readers will understand how this diversity shapes the preferred ways of doing a number of things in the ministry of a congregation (worship, mission, service, interaction) * Readers will learn how to apply this knowledge and evaluation of a congregation to the administration and ministry of that congregation
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.01" Width: 6.05" Height: 0.67" Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2000
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687084342 ISBN13 9780687084340
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More About W. Paul Jones
W. PAUL JONES served for more than forty years as a United Methodist minister. He also taught at Yale University, Princeton University, and St. Paul School of Theology. He later became a Roman Catholic priest and a Family Brother of the Trappists. He now lives as a hermit in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. He is a regular contributor to numerous popular journals, and is the author of several books, including A Season in the Desert: Making Time Holy.
W. Paul Jones currently resides in the state of Missouri. W. Paul Jones has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Nevada, Los Angeles University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA.
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W. Paul Jones? I'll take it! Jul 21, 2007
This is essential reading for local church pastors and their supervisors. It helps explain the various dynamics of how individuals grow spiritually into various "types". By figuring out your own spiritual "type" and that of your congregation you can clearly see where difficulties could occur in pastoral care and preaching. Seminarians would be greatly served by reading this along with their theology and biblical books.