The Very Large Church  -     By: Lyle E. Schaller
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The Very Large Church

Abingdon Press / 2000 / Paperback

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One of the most crucial changes in North American life, Schaller explains, has been the shift from small to large institutions. These changes, Schaller contends, mean that the rules have changed for everyone involved in organizational life, and this applies to leaders of congregations as much as to anyone. Very large churches--often called mega churches--will increasingly embody the new rule book for congregations. Extending their mission far beyond a single local neighborhood, they will draw large numbers of visitors, helping them move from skeptic or seeker to believer to learner to disciple to apostle. This book is written for those congregational leaders, both volunteer and paid staff, who recognize that their old rule book is obsolete and who are eager to learn how to participate effectively in the very large church in context that is defined by the culture, the societal contex,clearly defined expectations, a theological belief system, passion for evangelism, a high level of competence, creativity, innovation, and a new and different set of rules rather than by local tradtions or geographical boundaries or yesterday's stereotypes.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0687090458
ISBN-13: 9780687090457

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One of the most crucial changes in North American life, Lyle E. Schaller explains, has been the shift from small to large institutions. Sixty years ago one-teacher, one-room schoolhouses still abounded, and the average number of students in all American schools was one hundred. Now new construction on elementary schools is often for facilities that will accommodate more than twelve hundred students, and average school size is over six hundred. Similar changes have happened in several other branches of American life. These changes, Schaller contends, mean that the rules have changed for everyone involved in organizational life.

Very large churches—megachurches—will increasingly come to embody the new rule-book for congregations. Extending their mission far beyond a single local neighborhood, they will draw large numbers of visitors, helping them move progressively from skeptics or seekers to believers to learners to disciples to apostles. The Very Large Church was written for those congregational leaders, both volunteer and paid staff, who recognize that their old rule-book is obsolete and who are eager to learn how to participate effectively in the very large church in a context that is defined by the culture, the societal context, clearly defined expectations, a theological belief system, a passion for evangelism, a high level of competence, creativity, innovation, and a new and different set of rules, rather than by local traditions, geographical boundaries, or yesterday’s stereotypes.

Key Features: • Focuses on issues in organization life—Schaller’s strong suit • Addresses a tendency that is growing today

Key Benefits: • Places the shift to large churches within the context of a cultural shift from small to large institutions • Demonstrates how and why the old rule-book for organizational structure must change • Helps church leaders understand how to make the transition to the megachurch culture while retaining Christian integrity

Author Bio

Lyle E. Schaller is the country's leading interpreter of congregational systems and their vitality. He is the author of dozens of books, including From Geography to Affinity, also published by Abingdon Press. He lives in Naperville, Illinois.

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