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A Door Set Open: Grounding Change In Mission And Hope

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We resist change less when we associate it with mission and fortify it with hope. So argues longtime congregational consultant Peter Steinke in his fourth book, A Door Set Open, as he explores the relationship between the challenges of change and our own responses to new ideas and experiences. Steinke builds on a seldom-explored principle posited by the late Rabbi Edwin Fr ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published August 23rd 2010 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Rick Boyer
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Initially I had some serious doubts about how helpful this book would be. In the acknowledgements section, the author sang the praises of a denominational official with which I had had dealings while pastoring one of my former congregations. During a time of conflict, this person's inept and boneheaded treatment of our church leadership group had the effect of turning a bad situation into a near disaster. "If Steinke cites this person as being instrumental to the success of his own work," I thou ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book! Addresses the nature of anxiety over change. How to fight anxiety - through mission and hope.
"I have yet to work with a congregation that is in conflict or in transition that moved notably beyond its present arrangement without the guidance of leaders who inspire hope in others."
"When consulting with churches embroiled in conflict or paralyzed by passivity, I always ask the congregation, “Does this congregation have a clear sense of its mission?” …Some members believed their con
Lisa Lewton
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Steinke is a voice of challenge and truth for the Christian church today. This is a quick and easy read that could be used by boards and councils to get thinking about mission. He adds helpful stories and examples along the way. Discussion questions would have been awesome. I would recommend this book to any church leaders moving a congregation into the future. This is both practical and rooted in Christian theology, as we proclaim hope in the world.
Anthony Risson
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timely read for me with emerging from the time of restrictions and asking the question, "Where to now for the church?" The link between change and mission, and engaging Christians in places of open enquiry and hopeful future, was well-made by Steinke. And re-iterated that the mission of the Church is the mission of God . . . ...more
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
One of the best lines, "Immaturity has its payoffs." That is the case with what is going on in the United States right now. "When leaders become tyrannized by the 'cookie gouger', they function to soothe rather than to challenge--at the expense of progress." The corporate world CEOs would be wise to read this book. ...more
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Shelves: on-shelf
Every page includes a gem worth finding, highlighting and then either letting it change your mind or your actions. This is an excellent, short, well documented and well written guide to managing change, especially in a congregation.
Audrey Webster
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pastor asked me to read this book which was being used by transitioning team.
Daniel Seifert
Here's a textual conversation that makes a connection between ecclesial health, hope and mission while facing squarely the reality of the shaping forces of fear and anxiety. Steinke is a congregational systems consultant who grounds his work on three hinges or discussions—mission grounded in the kingdom of God, a future built on hope, and the values of applying family systems principles to faith communities.

Its first part discusses cultural factors that impinge on churches and the emotional sys
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ministry
The theology in this is wonderful. It truly captures the imagination and allows me to see our current story in the church rooted in the Biblical story. This is a huge gift and a resource I'll return to. However, I would have loved for a bit more of how to complete this process of change. It's missing the steps. Perhaps because there is no one model but Steinke seems to allude to some best practices that are not clearly defined in this book. ...more
Kathy Nealand
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
A book that affirmed my work with congregations.
Set them out to do mission and give them hope.
A good read.
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great book if your church needs therapy. Chances are, your church needs therapy. Trust me.
Kathryn Saunders-Allen
A good book about change and all the emotional reactivity it creates. Important to know when trying to lead.
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Grounding family systems thinking in Scripture and theology. Huzzah!

And a handful of sermons to boot!
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“N. T. Wright explains, “What [Jesus] was promising for that future, and doing in that present, was not saving souls for a disembodied eternity, but rescuing people from the corruption and decay of the way the world presently is so they could enjoy, already in the present, that renewal of creation which is God’s ultimate purpose—and so they could thus become colleagues and partners in that larger project.”1 A promise of a new creation and an invitation to a new vocation stretches beyond “me and Jesus” to God’s worldwide purposes. The mission of the church must be informed and shaped by how the New Testament presents the future hope.” 1 likes
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