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Claiming Resurrection in the Dying Church: Freedom Beyond Survival

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How do you minister faithfully to a congregation that is in decline? While many congregations struggle with trying to find the key to regrowth, pastor Anna Olson suggests that the answer may actually be to accept and embrace this moment for what it is. In this beautifully written work, Olson helps pastors recognize that, while the congregation might be going away, the ...more
Paperback, 134 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by Westminster John Knox Press
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Jennifer
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got a lot out of this book and would like to have a conversation with the author. Her perspective is clear and thoughtful, realistic and hopeful. This book is filled with wisdom about serving the Church in an era of great change.
Elizabeth Felicetti
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I can't believe how good this was, and that I had not heard of it before. Solid biblical theology and a realistic view of death and the current state of the church.
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Anna Olson is an Episcopal priest in a struggling church in Los Angeles. Historically Japanese-American, the church is now in the middle of an immigrant Hispanic and Korean neighborhood, and it is slowly trying to see what new future God has in store for it.

While this tidy book does offer many examples from her own parish, Olson's lessons are universal. Anyone who has been in a declining small church or worked with one will be able to empathize with the struggles her congregation has faced and
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