A Field Guide for the Missional Congregation: Embarking on a Journey of Transformation

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Augsburg Fortress, 2008 - Religion - 144 pages
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The roster of books on leadership is full of high theoryand grand expositions of biblical principles. But there isprecious little practical advice for regular peoplecommitted to releasing positive change within their localchurches. Here one of the church's foremosttheoreticians and one of its most accomplishedtransformational leaders combine strengths to clarifyboth how sound congregational transformation can beaccomplished by regular folks and the very Christcenteredfoundations upon which transformation mustrest. With unflinching honesty and a deep, knowingsense for the joy that comes from Spirit-led change, theauthors guide the reader on a quest for a future churchalive with the abundant life God intended.

A Field Guide to the Missional Congregation revealsseven "transformational keys," using real-life casestudies to illustrate each key. A reflective milestoneframework, including discovery questions for eachchapter, ground the book in a practical process.

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About the author (2008)

Rick Rouse is Senior Pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Arizona and teaches at Luther Seminary in the Doctor of Ministry program. He is the author of Fire of Grace: The Healing Power of Forgiveness (Augsburg Books, 2005), and serves as a church consultant and popular conference speaker Craig Van Gelder is Professor of Congregational Mission at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has written several books on transformational ministry including The Evangelizing Church: A Lutheran Contribution (Augsburg Fortress, 2005) with Rick Bliese

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