Explore together how congregations can change to become more fruitful for the purposes of Christ. Remember the Future: Praying for the Church and Change prepares leaders of congregations and conferences for courageous new conversations with readings that draw us toward renewed vision, cultivate hope and keep us attentive to the mission of Christ. Read together as leadership teams, boards and covenant groups to understand more clearly the why of congregational ministry and the internal resistances and external challenges to the mission of the church.
Robert Schnase is bishop of the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church. Previously, he served as pastor of First United Methodist Church, McAllen, Texas. 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 Cultivating Fruitfulness, The Balancing Act, Five Practices of Fruitful Living, Ambition in Ministry, and Testing and Reclaiming Your Call to Ministry. Robert lives in Columbia, Missouri.
While Bishop Schnase honors the past, he writes for the future. God keeps doing new things, and our Wesleyan ancestors knew well that new occasions require new responses. Remembering the Future envisions a future worthy of our past.
-Lovett H. Weems, Jr.,
Wesley Theological Seminary
Discerning God's dream for us requires remembering who we are and where we come from. we need help staying connected with God's purpose while working. Here is help.
Texas Methodist Foundation Senior Consultant
Bishop Schnase helps us to embrace change with faith, vision, hope, and grace. I intend to make wide use of this book in my ministry with congregation leaders.
-Gregory V. Palmer
Resident Bishop, Illinois Episcopal Area The United Methodist Church