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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.

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

Fire Risks For The Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing

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Traffic Engineering

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Sociological Abstracts

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Sociological Abstracts

Author : Leo P. Chall
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Genre : Sociology
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CSA Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800+ serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.

New York Magazine

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.

Resources In Education

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Preventing Fire Risk Based On Socioeconomic Factors

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