The Practicing Congregation

The Practicing Congregation tracks these changes by looking at the overall history of American congregations, noting the cultural trends that have sparked change, and providing evidence of how mainline churches are reappropriating ...

The Practicing Congregation

The Practicing Congregation

The conventional wisdom about mainline Protestantism maintains that it is a dying tradition, irrelevant to a postmodern society, unresponsive to change, and increasingly disconnected from its core faith tenets. In her provocative new book, historian and researcher Diana Butler Bass argues that there are signs that mainline Protestant churches are indeed changing, finding a new vitality intentionally grounded in Christian practices and laying the groundwork for a new type of congregation. The Practicing Congregation tracks these changes by looking at the overall history of American congregations, noting the cultural trends that have sparked change, and providing evidence of how mainline churches are reappropriating traditional Christian practices. The signs of life that Bass identifies lead the reader beyond the crumbling "liberal vs. conservative" dualities to a more nuanced and fluid understanding of the shape of contemporary ecclesiology and faithfulness. In so doing, she helps readers understand tradition in new ways and creates an alternative path through the culture wars that today arrest the energies of most denominations. Invigorated by stories from Bass's own experience, The Practicing Congregation provides a hopeful and exciting vision for the church. The imaginative "retraditioning" she identifies and celebrates will guide pastors and other leaders on this "pilgrimage of creating church" and convincingly counter the naysayers that long ago gave up on the viability of the mainline church.

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The Practicing Congregation
Language: en
Pages: 128
Authors: Diana Butler Bass
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004-09-01 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

The conventional wisdom about mainline Protestantism maintains that it is a dying tradition, irrelevant to a postmodern society, unresponsive to change, and increasingly disconnected from its core faith tenets. In her provocative new book, historian and researcher Diana Butler Bass argues that there are signs that mainline Protestant churches are
From Nomads to Pilgrims
Language: en
Pages: 179
Authors: Diana Butler Bass, J. Stewart-Sicking
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-12-30 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

In The Practicing Congregation (Alban, 2004), Diana Butler Bass explored the phenomenon of "intentional congregations," an emerging style of congregational vitality in which churches creatively and intentionally re-appropriate traditional Christian practices such as hospitality, discernment, contemplative prayer, and testimony. Against the steady flow of stories highlighting "mainline decline," The Practicing
A New Old Spirituality?
Language: en
Pages: 360
Authors: Tone Stangeland Kaufman
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-07-11 - Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

How do pastors live their spiritual lives, both as private persons and as professionals? How can their spirituality be characterized and understood? Drawing on in-depth interviews with Norwegian clergy as well as literature from the fields of Christian spirituality, practical theology, congregational studies, and the sociology of religion, this book
Leadership in Congregations
Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: Richard Bass
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006-12-31 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

This new book in Alban's Harvesting the Learnings Series gathers the collected wisdom of over 10 years of Alban research and reflection on what it means to be a leader in a congregation, how our perceptions of leadership are changing, and exciting new directions for leadership in the future. With
Re-Imagining the Church
Language: en
Pages: 258
Authors: Robert J. Suderman
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-09-30 - Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

The church. What has it become? What was it meant to be? Does it pave the way or get in the way? Are we suspicious of the institutionalization of church bureaucracy? Or thrilled with the relevant impact of its presence? Robert J. Suderman writes about the church as a practitioner.

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