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Transforming Congregational Culture

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Many recent books have attempted to address the "crisis" in the mainline church. Anthony Robinson here makes a significant -- and in many ways unique -- contribution to this discussion by bringing his personal insights as a pastor to bear on the issue of renewing congregational life.

Writing from twenty-five years of experience in four congregations of differing size, locat
Paperback, 148 pages
Published January 21st 2003 by Eerdmans
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Oct 05, 2015 Jocelyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, leadership
In a religiously diverse, individualistic society, the church no longer forms the social backbone. This is good news! Now the church can focus on its mission: worship and Christian formation.
May 11, 2016 Jerry rated it liked it
Shelves: ecclesiology
I thought the emphasis upon the shift from "establishment Christendom" to the contemporary scene was helpful, but perhaps a bit exaggerated.

The most useful notion, in my opinion, was the insistence upon focusing upon purpose (rather than vision) as a means of moving toward transformation.

There are some unresolved tensions in Robinson's suggestions, however. For example, he believes many congregations are "spread too thin" because "they try to do everything that anybody thinks is a good idea." At
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Jun 02, 2015 Alan Brehm rated it really liked it
When Loren Mead wrote "The Once and Future Church," he was only able to outline some of the the profound shifts in culture that were affecting the Church in North America. Robinson "puts flesh on those bones" by recounting specific ways in which he actually led a church through the transition from the church that had a monopoly on a community to a church that sees its community as a mission field. He shares notes from his "play book" as to how their church made that transition, in the realizatio ...more
Sep 01, 2010 Adam rated it really liked it
This is a great book for getting a broad overview of the type of work needed for rethinking congregations in Protestant Christianity. Robinson breaks this work into a number of discrete areas that range from stewardship to formation to church growth, providing helpful examples and theological reflection along the way. Robinson's work integrates very nicely with Heifitz's work on leadership development, and along those lines, Robinson provides a short recap of Heifitz's though on leadership at th ...more
Jan 05, 2011 Brian rated it it was ok
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I read this for a committee I'm on at church. It had some interesting thoughts and ideas about where churches are at now and why and what challenges they face in the near future. It was kind of vague, the engineer in me would have liked to have seen more concrete details and data. It did provide some interesting insight into the challenges 'mainline' churches face as a result of recent cultural shifts. I also found the spiritual vs social/club discussion interesting.
Norm Deplume
Apr 12, 2016 Norm Deplume rated it it was amazing
Read as book study with elders. Very good book for inspiring conversation about our congregational culture and how we could be better.
Tom Buratovich
Jan 24, 2014 Tom Buratovich rated it really liked it
Very good book for mainline congregations who are stuck. I recommend it for the pastor and the leadership.
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