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From Couch To Community

Author : Austin Maxheimer
ISBN : 9781470709983
Genre : Religion
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What if you had invented church small groups? Would anything be different? "We do small groups the way we've always done 'em." That seems to be the rule--but Austin Maxheimer and Zach Below ask the question: Why? What if, they wondered, church small groups had been invented today instead of in the megachurch heyday of the 1980s? Would any "sacred cows" disappear--or at least be prodded toward fresh vision and action? They decided to find out. From Couch to Community helps pastors, small group leaders, and group members: -Face the "sacred cows" in today's small group ministries--and uncover how to create real life change instead. -Shift church groups away from paradigms of complacency--and move people toward relevant, compassionate relationships. -Discover how to help people far from God experience Jesus through small groups. So...are you ready to activate anew the potential of your church community? Find out how inside.

Exodus Of The Religious Dones

Author : Josh Packard
ISBN : 9781470734732
Genre : Religion
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The reality of the exodus from church is bigger than you feared...and starting much closer to home.That’s what sociologist and author Josh Packard has confirmed in his just-released report, Exodus of the Religious Dones. Packard’s research confirms not only how many people have walked away from the church already, but how many are lined up to leave—and why. This groundbreaking study complements Packard’s best-selling Church Refugees, rounding out Packard’s in-depth profile of Religious Dones. Church leaders will discover the true scope of the challenge facing local churches—and the specific concerns prompting an ongoing exodus. With this information in hand, church leaders will know how to best slow the steady stream of church members inching toward the back door, and be equipped to better meet the needs of their congregations.

Roots Of Ancient Greek Civilization

Author : Harald Haarmann
ISBN : 9781476615899
Genre : History
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Contrary to a prevalent belief of the Western world, that democracy, agriculture, theater and the arts were the attainments of Classical Greek civilization, these were actually a Bronze Age fusion of earlier European concepts and Hellenic ingenuity. This work considers both the multicultural wellspring from which these ideas flowed and their ready assimilation by the Greeks, who embraced these hallmarks of civilization, and refined them to the level of sophistication that defines classical antiquity.

Tiny Publics

Author : Gary Alan Fine
ISBN : 9781610447744
Genre : Social Science
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If all politics is local, then so is almost everything else, argues sociologist Gary Alan Fine. We organize our lives by relying on those closest to us—family members, friends, work colleagues, team mates, and other intimates—to create meaning and order. In this thoughtful and wide-ranging book, Fine argues that the basic building blocks of society itself are forged within the boundaries of such small groups, the "tiny publics" necessary for a robust, functioning social order at all levels. Action, meaning, authority, inequality, organization, and institutions all have their roots in small groups. Yet for the past twenty-five years social scientists have tended to ignore the power of groups in favor of an emphasis on organizations, societies, or individuals. Based on over thirty-five years of Fine's own ethnographic research across an array of small groups, Tiny Publics presents a compelling new theory of the pivotal role of small groups in organizing social life. No social system can thrive without flourishing small groups. They provide havens in an impersonal world, where faceless organizations become humanized. Taking examples from such diverse worlds as Little League baseball teams, restaurant workers, high school debate teams, weather forecasters, and political volunteers, Fine demonstrates how each group has its own unique culture, or idioculture—the system of knowledge, beliefs, behavior, and customs that define and hold a group together. With their dense network of relationships, groups serve as important sources of social and cultural capital for their members. The apparently innocuous jokes, rituals, and nicknames prevalent within Little League baseball teams help establish how teams function internally and how they compete with other teams. Small groups also provide a platform for their members to engage in broader social discourse and a supportive environment to begin effecting change in larger institutions. In his studies of mushroom collectors and high school debate teams, Fine demonstrates the importance of stories that group members tell each other about their successes and frustrations in fostering a strong sense of social cohesion. And Fine shows how the personal commitment political volunteers bring to their efforts is reinforced by the close-knit nature of their work, which in turn has the power to change larger groups and institutions. In this way, the actions and debates begun in small groups can eventually radiate outward to affect every level of society. Fine convincingly demonstrates how small groups provide fertile ground for the seeds of civic engagement. Outcomes often attributed to large-scale social forces originate within such small-scale domains. Employing rich insights from both sociology and social psychology, as well as vivid examples from a revealing array of real-work groups, Tiny Publics provides a compelling examination of the importance of small groups and of the rich vitality they bring to social life. A Volume in the Russell Sage Foundation Series on Trust


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ISBN : UVA:X000456765
Genre : Economic development
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Global Networks Local Actions

Author : Marcella Milana
ISBN : 9781317385752
Genre : Education
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Global Networks, Local Actions: Rethinking adult education policy in the 21st century examines public policy developments in adult education, exploring the policy framing of adult education practice in a range of socio-cultural contexts, and contributing to the development of policy research from global and comparative perspectives. Drawing from multidisciplinary fields such as adult education, comparative and international education, and sociology, chapters analyse empirically grounded studies from the US, Italy, Argentina and Brazil. Each study helps to identify how political agents interact at international, regional, national and local scales, and what the implications are for publically-funded interventions in adult education. While this book recognises the complexity of adult education policy, it argues for the need to deconstruct the false belief that what is global in adult education may be intrinsically distinct from the characteristics of geographical or social territories in which adult education occurs. Instead, it points to localised norms and ideas on Adult Basic and Secondary Education as ultimately contained in, and constituting, what is at times perceived as global, or abstracted from definite geographical or social territories. This book calls for a global sociology of adult education in response to global challenges, and makes an important contribution to our understanding of developments in public adult education policy. As such, it will be of key interest to researchers, academics and postgraduate students in the fields of adult education, comparative and international education, education policy and politics, sociology of education, and global studies.

A Washington Dc Based Bureaucratic Invention With Potential Water Conservation And Property Rights Impacts

Author : United States. Congress. House. Committee on Resources. Subcommittee on Water and Power
ISBN : MINN:31951D038040382
Genre : Stream conservation
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Experiments And Innovations In Education

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ISBN : UOM:39015075076672
Genre : Educational innovations
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Homo Deus

Author : Yuval Noah Harari
ISBN : 9783406704024
Genre : Social Science
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In seinem Kultbuch „Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit“ erklärte Yuval Noah Harari, wie unsere Spezies die Erde erobern konnte. In „Homo Deus“ stößt er vor in eine noch verborgene Welt: die Zukunft. Was wird mit uns und unserem Planeten passieren, wenn die neuen Technologien dem Menschen gottgleiche Fähigkeiten verleihen – schöpferische wie zerstörerische – und das Leben selbst auf eine völlig neue Stufe der Evolution heben? Wie wird es dem Homo Sapiens ergehen, wenn er einen technikverstärkten Homo Deus erschafft, der sich vom heutigen Menschen deutlicher unterscheidet als dieser vom Neandertaler? Was bleibt von uns und der modernen Religion des Humanismus, wenn wir Maschinen konstruieren, die alles besser können als wir? In unserer Gier nach Gesundheit, Glück und Macht könnten wir uns ganz allmählich so weit verändern, bis wir schließlich keine Menschen mehr sind.

Basic Services For Children

Author : Unesco
ISBN : 9231016091
Genre : Education
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