Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, revised and updated
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Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, revised and updated  -     By: Robert Schnase

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, revised and updated

Abingdon Press / 2018 / Paperback

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The original Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations helped thousands of churches focus their energy and resources on the most essential elements of ministry. Pastors and everyday disciples learned to chart a path toward greater fruitfulness using a common language that was practical, comprehensible, and effective. Most of the language and examples in the original book relied on attractional assumptions, those that equip congregations to attract people from the outside to attend their services, join in existing ministries, and become members. In recent years, however, our most fruitful congregations have learned that while attractional models are helpful and necessary, they are not enough. Faith communities must also develop ministries based on missional assumptions—efforts that primarily serve people who are not members of the church and may never cross the threshold of a church door.

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, Revised and Updated significantly expands the practices and the fruit they bear in communities everywhere. Now, those original come to us ideas are balanced with go to them initiatives. Strategies for doing things better are strengthened with ideas for doing things differently. Doing ministry for shifts to doing ministry with. We learn how to welcome the guest and also how to become the guest among others. We see ways to create ministry inside and outside the walls of the church. This requires a different posture toward our neighborhoods, a deliberate outward focus, and a willingness to carry Christ’s love to where people already live, work, and play, rather than hoping people will come to us. It is practical, nuanced, critically important work, and Robert Schnase expertly shows us how to get started.

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Title: Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, revised and updated
By: Robert Schnase
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2018
Weight: 10 ounces
ISBN: 1501858874
ISBN-13: 9781501858871
Stock No: WW858872
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Over the past ten years, thousands of church leaders have successfully transformed congregations with the principles from the original Five Practices: Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission and Service, and Extravagant Generosity. However, much has changed in the world and the Church. Leaders have discovered new ways to implement the Five Practices in settings that were not imagined when the original book was released. This revised and updated edition of the ministry leadership classic includes a significant amount of new material. How are the Practices being used now, in new types of congregations? How has each Practice changed in the last decade? What new issues or concerns do leaders need to consider in relation to each Practice? This revision provides leaders with a 'next step' look at the original practices. Schnase gathered ideas and other content from ministry leaders who have been using the Five Practices, and explains how those ideas work, how leaders adapted the principles to their own settings, and how they expanded them. A new preface redefines 'Congregations' given their evolving nature. When the original book was written, the new forms of Christian community either did not exist or were barely known. The Five Practices are, however, just as essential to the new types of congregations as they were to the traditional church. Since the original book, there is more variety, diversity, and experimentation in worship. The revised Five Practices includes material based on these new forms. Small group study has always been important for intentional faith development. But since the original book, the nature of those groups has transformed to include secular settings and a wide variety of affinities profoundly affecting how faith leaders approach issues of faith development, and in many cases radically changes what they offer in their communities. Imagine the topic of Risk-Taking Mission and Service before Black Lives Matter, the Syrian refugee crisis, and the Trump administration. This new version gives instruction and specific ideas for how we might best serve today’s world.

Author Bio

Robert Schnase is bishop of the Rio Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Schnase is the author of Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, a best-selling book on congregational ministry that has ignited a common interest among churches and their leaders around its themes of radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity. Five Practices has reached a global community with translations in Korean, Spanish, Russian, Hungarian, and German. Robert is also the author of Just Say Yes!, Receiving God's Love, Remember the Future, Five Practices of Fruitful Living, and others.

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