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Difficult But Indispensable Church, The [Paperback]

By Norma Cook Everist (Editor)
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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.38" Height: 0.72"
Weight:   0.89 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2002
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  0800634780  
EAN  9780800634780  

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Why is it so difficult to be church today? Of course, Christian community is marked by ennobling worship, mutual care, and joyful celebration. But just as often it is marred by staid routine, insularity, and disagreement over leadership, budgets, ethical stances, or even the shape of congregational prayer itself. Alienation, blame, and power struggles ensue. Is church worth it? In this volume of fresh thinking about life in Christian community, twenty-one theologians from Wartburg Seminary strongly attest to Christ-centered community, offering new views of church as the indispensable site of radical Christian commitment and an essential healer for a hurting world. Reflective churchgoers will find here a virtual theological guide to church renewal. In part 1 the authors show how church can model an alternative vision of community, helping people achieve well-being and health, even as their differences are affirmed. Part 2 gets to the heart of Christian practice through creative discussions of belief, fellowship, encounters with Scripture, preaching, and moral deliberation. Part 3 finds the church in motion in new ways of understanding discipleship and mission near and far. Part 4 shows how a Christ-inspired openness can reveal new perspectives on tough issues of public policy, race and class, and ordination of gays and lesbians. Modeling what they espouse, the authors find unanimity in affirming the strengths of diversity, the unsuspected key to church renewal. Contributors include: James L. Bailey, Karen L. Bloomquist, Norma Cook Everist, Roger W. Fjeld, Ann L. Fritschel, Paul Hill, Peter L. Kjeseth, L. Shannon Jung, Duane H. Larson, Elizabeth A. Leeper, David J. Lull, Craig L. Nessan, James R. Nieman, Daniel L. Olson, Winston Persaud, Duane A. Priebe, Ralph W. Quere, David A. Ramse, Gwen B. Sayler, Thomas H. Schattauer, and H. S. Wilson.

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Twenty-one theologians from Wartburg Seminary offer new views of church as the indispensable site of radical Christian commitment and an essential healer for a hurting world.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Norma Cook Everist is Professor of Church and Ministry at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. She also has served as guide and mentor to many pastors struggling with conflict. She is author of "The Church As Learning Community "and editor of "Ordinary Ministry, Extraordinary Challenge, "published by Abingdon Press.

Norma Cook Everist currently resides in Dubuque, in the state of Iowa. Norma Cook Everist was born in 1938.

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Grounded in reality, filled with hope  Sep 14, 2006
It's difficult to be church these days. Congregations are under pressure from internal conflict, problems in the communities in which they exist, and struggles throughout the social and political structures of our world. Add to that the fact that congregations are made up of individuals, each with his or her own set of problems, struggles, and anxieties; and the magnitude of the challenge becomes clear. The 21 contributors to this book, all faculty of Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque IA, make no claims of easy solutions. However, they argue that the church is indispensable in spite of, or perhaps because of, those very challenges. One contributor argues that the church serves individuals by providing "a trustworthy place to be different together." Other contributors articulate the church's vital role in being the "heart" of a society that often seems to have no heart, the voice of hope to those who live with only despair, and a strong advocate for those whose voices cannot be heard in the seats of power. Several chapters of this book would be good material for church council retreats.

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