Gathered Before God: Worship-Centered Church Renewal  -     By: Jane Rogers Vann
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Gathered Before God: Worship-Centered Church Renewal

Westminster John Knox Press / 2004 / Paperback

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Breathe new life into your congregation with this innovative guide. Presenting an in-depth study of 10 vibrant churches, Vann explores the process of spiritual renewal through worship; examines ways members learn about the Christian life from corporate worship; and offers resources for pastors, leaders, and educators to help them implement practices that lead to congregational renewal. 160 pages, softcover from Westminster/John Knox.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 0.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0664226302
ISBN-13: 9780664226305
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What is the central purpose of the church today? How can churches experience renewal through worship? In Gathered before God, Jane Rogers Vann answers these important questions by studying ten vibrant small, medium, and large churches. Her findings, she argues, show that worship is the most important thing churches do and is vital to the renewal of congregational life. Vann explores how these congregations changed into worship-centered churches and how their experiences can help other churches do the same. Gathered before God offers resources for pastors, worship leaders, and Christian educators to reflect on their worship, leading to an openness to change and processes to help church leaders support each other during the periods of reform and renewal. Moving beyond the "contemporary versus traditional debate," Gathered before God is an earnest call for us all to reclaim worship as a central act of our life together as Christians that expresses clearly what the church believes about God, itself, and the world.

Author Bio

Jane Rogers Vann was Rowe Professor of Christian Education at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia, before retiring in 2010. She holds a Doctor of Education degree from Teacher's College at Columbia University in New York City and is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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