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The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age

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Cutting-edge leadership theory, approaches, and practices for churches Biblical and theological explorations of innovation and renewal through God's ordinary people Skillfully addresses both academic and church audiences Study guide included In today's dynamic cultural environment, churches have to be more than faithful-they have to be agile. That means embracing processes ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Church Publishing
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Harry Allagree
Apr 23, 2015 Harry Allagree rated it really liked it
As one retired from active parish ministry, I was reluctant to take up our Bishop's invitation to read this book during Eastertide & to join in the discussion, but curiosity got the better of me. I felt reasonably sure that not a whole lot of new insight would emerge, since for quite a number of years to date the Church has been struggling with the enormous cultural shift. I had read & discussed a goodly number of books over the past 20 years by thinkers who had put in their two cents' ...more
Nayla Caruso
Jun 05, 2015 Nayla Caruso rated it it was ok
The book is half right and half wrong, I gave it two stars for missing the boat in the most telling way: the author seems unaware that declining membership and engagement is not a church thing, it's a society wide thing. The Elks and bowling leagues are in the same sinking boat with us.

I give Zscheile points for pointing out that Christianity is no longer the social default nor our church the establishment any longer. He also nailed some difficulties with education for the ministry. Then he went
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Susan
Jul 23, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
I read this book with the other members of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, and we discussed a chapter at each meeting. It is an excellent book applying principles of growth, management, innovation and organizational change from successful companies to churches. The author advocates for trying new models, being willing to fail, listening to people re interests and goals rather than doing what has worked in the past, being willing to fail- all applied to churches and ...more
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Apr 23, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it
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A good basic take on church "agility" - Agryis and others mentioned. The church as a learning organization?
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Many interesting ideas, not just church related.
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