Healing Spiritual Amnesia: Remembering What It Means to Be the Church  -     By: Paul Nixon
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Healing Spiritual Amnesia: Remembering What It Means to Be the Church

Abingdon Press / 2004 / Paperback

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Why do churches stagnate, decline, and die? Nixon says it's because they forget who they are---the body of Christ. Challenging congregations to move beyond their comfort zone, he reminds believers of who Jesus is and to practice spiritual disciplines, serve their neighbors, and effectively carry out the Great Commission. 142 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 142
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Dimensions: 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 (inches)
ISBN: 0687067189
ISBN-13: 9780687067183
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There is no end to clich s and easy assumptions about congregational health and vitality. It's much easier to start a new church than turn around an old one; nondenominational churches are growing, while denominational churches are dying; small-membership churches are concerned only with survival; suburban churches care only about endless programming and "spiritual entertainment"; downtown churches are doomed to decay.

Whatever kernel of truth such analyses might contain, they miss the actual point. Churches stagnate, decline, and die for a number of reasons, but principally because they have forgotten who they are. They have forgotten their mission to reach out to those who do not know God in Christ. They have forgotten that we worship--not to feel comfortable and safe--but to come into the presence of a God who leads us out into the world. They have forgotten the "cloud of witnesses" who have gone before us in the Christian faith, providing models for how we can proclaim the message of the gospel in ways that new generations can hear it.

Paul Nixon calls this failure of memory "spiritual amnesia." Concerned with institutional survival and personal comfort, congregations have forgotten what previous generations of Christians have learned time and again: that the church's great challenge is to make the gospel available in new and compelling ways to those who need most to hear it. In a series of sweeping insights into congregational life and contemporary culture, Nixon maps a course that will help churches remember who they are and for whom they exist.

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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    September 18, 2009
    Saint John United Methodist Church
    Great read. Mr. Nixon was recently a consultant for our growing church. His thoughts/principles on church growth are Biblical, consistent, right on for today's church culture and practically applied. He's a tremendous asset to bolstering U.S.church growth. The book provokes even more more outreach ideas!
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    September 18, 2009
    Saint John United Methodist Church
    Great read. Mr. Nixon was recently a consultant for our growing church. His thoughts/principles on church growth are Biblical, consistent, right on for today's church culture and practically applied. He's a tremendous asset to bolstering U.S.church growth. The book provokes even more more outreach ideas!
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 3, 2009
    Michael
    Ohio
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Paul Nixon has correctly diagnosed a condition afflicting too many mainline churches - what he calls 'spiritual amnesia'. Church leaders lay and clergy alike will find a creative and engaging mix of imaginative fiction, real life examples, and strong dose of practical guidance honed by both pastoral ministry and church consulting. This is not your run of the mill church growth book, but a thorough reminder of the basics of what it means to be the church and how spiritual amnesia can be cured. Great 6 page forward by Tony Campolo too.
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