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A Generous Community

Author : C. Andrew Doyle
ISBN : 9780819232311
Genre : Religion
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How can the church adapt to a constantly changing world? An Episcopal bishop issues a bold call to action. In order to be vital, the church must be dynamic. In A Generous Community, Bishop C. Andrew Doyle calls on parishioners, congregations, and all people of faith to ask themselves: How should the church change? Meaning, how will we change it? In a modern world that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous, how can the church make a difference? Bishop Doyle asks the important questions to start the conversation. We really cocreate our church, so perhaps the first and most important question is: What kind of church do we want? Bishop Doyle challenges us to follow the example of Jesus and create a ministry that is out and among people, a generous community that invites, welcomes, and connects with others. If we can envision it, we can bring it into reality.

The Jesus Heist

Author : C. Andrew Doyle
ISBN : 9780819233516
Genre : Religion
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• Provocative readings of biblical stories, with thoughts on what they are saying to the church • Listens for critique rather than support, encouraging us to hear Jesus fresh Inside the Church, we are constantly and consistently reading the gospels through the lens of supporting our own institution and structure. This prevents us from hearing the critique Jesus offered in his own day and his emphatic and persistent call to be and do differently now (Matthew 23:1–12). Stories that will be covered include Widow’s Mite, Rich Young Ruler, Destruction of the Temple, Searching for the Lost Coin, Sower of the Seeds, Transfiguration, and the Great Commission. This book will flip the script of many Bible stories, allowing us to hear Jesus’ call to change as one that is directed at us rather than as one we should direct toward others.

Transforming Stewardship

Author : C. K. Robertson
ISBN : 9780898696073
Genre : Religion
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At once a "travel guide" and a vision for the future, this series is good news for the Episcopal Church at a time of fast and furious demographic and social change. It analyzes the present plight of the church and sketches a positive way forward, sprouting from the seeds of change--those transformative practices already at work renewing the church. What church models can help point us toward transformation? What are the essential tools? What will give us strength, direction, and purpose to the journey? Each volume of the series will: Explain why a changed vision is essential Give robust theological and biblical foundations Offer a guide to best practices and positive trends in churches large and small Describe the necessary tools for change Imagine how transformation will look For most Episcopalians, stewardship is synonymous with pledge drives, budgets, and capital campaigns, but the Bible is clear that God wants more than our tithes and offerings. Looking to its scriptural roots in 1 Chronicles, Luke-Acts, and the letters of Paul, as well as St. Francis' "third way," Robertson offers a vision of holistic stewardship for the whole church, holistic because it can't be separated from evangelism, outreach, scripture study, and ministry to the newcomer. It does not involve strong-arm tactics, only a willingness to risk changing existing structures and ideas in order to enrich the faith community and strengthen connections to the neighboring world. Transforming Stewardship delivers both good and bad news about Episcopalians and stewardship. Robertson provides essential models and spiritual practices in order to transform the church's outmoded attitudes toward stewardship and wealth into a broader context of faith.

Church

Author : C. Andrew Doyle
ISBN : 1508952299
Genre : Church renewal
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Church casts a vision of the Church with clarity and hope, life-giving principles that will guide the future Church, a significant navigational tool for anyone who stand at the helm of a Christian community. In a world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, Church is one of the most hopeful, realistic, enthusiastic, positive, informed, and empowering assessments to date of where we are today as Christians and as the Episcopal Church and how we are step into our future.

Post Traumatic God

Author : David W. Peters
ISBN : 9780819233035
Genre : Religion
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Find a way back to a God that can be trusted, loved, and worshipped after a traumatic event.

Small Batch

Author : C. Andrew Doyle
ISBN : 9781524500146
Genre : Religion
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Small Batch explores the emerging denominational movement into planting missional communities. As the church finds its way into the new millennium, it is faced with the need to think of its mission as an ancient future Christian community. Theology to practical guide, stories from the front and communities to discover, books to read, and small group study questions make Small Batch a handbook for individuals interested in the growing movement of planting new Christian communities. Through the movement of the spirit and shared common life and staying deeply rooted in the ancient practices of Christian community, the denominational church is being reborn in a new mission context. Small batch communities are popping up across the country with a new mission fervor. They are locally focused. They are organic and deeply rooted in the community and derive their strength from the care they give to local concerns. They are sustainable because they begin to find new economies that support the work. Bishop Doyle explores the sending churches that are planting greenfield ministries and multiplying churches who are spinning off new contextually oriented mission communities. What we discover in Small Batch is that the gospel will not be deterred by size or economic realities, and we are even now able to see the future shape of very diverse Christian mission.

Unabashedly Episcopalian

Author : Andrew Doyle
ISBN : 9780819228093
Genre : Religion
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Episcopalians newly discovering their church home or long-time members who may have forgotten why they love the church will appreciate Unabashedly Episcopalian. Bishop Andy Doyle has mined the Baptismal Covenant and his own experiences leading the Diocese of Texas. The result is a heartfelt, smart and practical book that calls Episcopalians to wake up to the church’s unique gifts and story, and equips them to share that witness in their neighborhoods and out in the world.

Radical Welcome

Author : Stephanie Spellers
ISBN : 0898695201
Genre : Religion
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Drawing on interviews with more than 200 church leaders and in-depth studies of eight congregations, this accessible and inspiring book presents a fresh vision for the mainline church – and the practical tools communities need to release fear, plan for ch

Welcome

Author : Andrew D. Weeks
ISBN : 9781566996907
Genre : Religion
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This toolkit of intentional and compassionate strategies takes an encouraging, incremental approach to help even small groups get started quickly. Study the separate chapters on: imaginative marketing; the ministry of greeting, crafting welcoming materials, tracking and involving newcomers and structuring groups for growth. Then adapt an additional 34 pages of template forms, brochures, and procedures to your needs while employing Weeks' point-by-point recommendations to: make sure your signs and property invite, not confuse; create powerful, welcoming ads and print communication, train and prepare greeters; and develop programs to incorporate and track newcomers during their first critical months.

Voc Ti

Author : C. Andrew Doyle
ISBN : 9781640651180
Genre : Religion
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• Popular author with broad appeal • New vision for shaping future church leaders The Church’s mission is not dependent upon economic or worldly boundaries. The gospel will expand and grow where people respond to God’s grace in their lives. The Episcopal Church, along with all denominational churches, is being forced to break out of old training models and traditions of ordination in this new age of mission. The Church must rethink formation of leaders (lay and clergy) to keep up with what God is already doing in the world. Participating in God’s mission will press us to reconsider assumptions about the vocations themselves, and their shape for the future.

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