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Back to Zero: The Search to Rediscover the Methodist Movement

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The lifeblood of the United Methodist is passion rather than organizational neatness, entrepreneurial freedom rather than denominational restraint, and agility rather than staid institutional dependence. But if United Methodists want to change and be the church we say we want to be, what must we risk and how can we challenge current practices?

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Paperback, 114 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Abingdon Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Gil has done a good job of sorting out the United Methodist Church situation from the perspective of adaptive leadership. He has gleaned various aspects of group dynamics and leadership from Collins, Peters and others as well as from his many years of consulting in the church. And his application to the current state of affairs in the church is relevant and illuminating.
It was a challenge to wade through the early chapters, but once the groundwork was laid his premise and recommendations were ea
Apr 29, 2014 Claudia rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A fair assessment of the United Methodist church in reaching its goal of becoming more missional and less about sustaining a cumbersome hierarchy
Interesting exploration of the tension between movement and institution
Sue Merrell
Do you want to be part of an institution or a movement? That got my attention. But it turns out being part of a movement isn't as easy as it sounds, even for an institution like the Methodist Church that has ridden the wave of movements before. Rendle brings up a lot of good organizational points. It's not fun reading, but it really makes you think.
This book seeks to encourage the UMC to act more like a missional movement and less like an institution, which is a fantastic goal that I wholeheartedly support. Unfortunately it is held back by mediocre writing and its excessive reliance upon corporate wisdom and an instrumental view of the church.
A good look at the state of the UMC and other mainstream churces today. Disturbing, but in a good way. This book I think is meant to shake you out of your comfort zone and start discussion about what we should be doing now.
imaginative and intended to provoke imagination. curious how these books on new forms of leadership that get at purpose and mission over and above like-minded agreement wedge into the concrete of peoples lives.
Amanda Bise
I liked the ideas of becoming a more accepting church and making disciples rather than clergy. However, I don't feel that it is understandable for people just stepping into church leadership.
I really had to struggle through this one - it's not written for a casual reader, so it reads more like an academic paper than anything else.
Andrew Davis
Not for the faint of heart. Some good ideas, but not really any clear-cut solutions.
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