Beyond the Ordinary: 10 Strengths of U.S. Congregations   -     By: Cynthia Woolever, Deborah Bruce
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Beyond the Ordinary: 10 Strengths of U.S. Congregations

Westminster John Knox Press / 2004 / Paperback

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The church doesn't need yet another book by some pundit advocating his personal formula for success---what it does need is a solid, objective analysis of the common factors for effective ministry in a broad range of churches. This sampling is based on 2,000 congregations and provides an analysis of the common denominators that have become keys to effective ministry in a broad sample of churches.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8 X 8 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0664226930
ISBN-13: 9780664226930

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Publisher's Description

Results from the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, the largest project of its type ever conducted in the United States, have prompted this second book from Westminster John Knox Press authors Cynthia Woolever and Deborah Bruce. Their original work, A Field Guide to U.S. Congregations: Who's Going Where and Why, explores the practices and activities of worshipers in more than 2,000 U.S. congregations, encompassing more than 300,000 worshipers across a representative sample of denominations and faith groups. This book describes the qualities that are evident in strong congregations and develops congregational applications from those findings. Like the first book, it is helpfully illustrated with charts, graphs, and cartoons.

Author Bio

Cynthia Woolever is Professor of Sociology of Religious Organizations at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut. As a sociologist and consultant, she has over twenty years of experience working with congregations, judicatories, and seminaries. She is coauthor of A Field Guide to U.S. Congregations and Beyond the Ordinary: 10 Strengths of U.S. Congregations, both published by WJK. Deborah Bruce is Associate Research Manager in the Research Services office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She has co-authored articles published in Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion and the Journal of Beliefs and Values.

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