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Small, Strong Congregations: Creating Strengths and Health for Your Congregation [Hardcover]

By Kennon L. Callahan (Author)
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Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.32" Width: 5.88" Height: 1.06"
Weight:   1.07 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 9, 2000
Publisher   Jossey-Bass
ISBN  0787949809  
EAN  9780787949808  

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Are megachurches the wave of the future? No, says Callahan, who believes that there will be a rebirth of small congregations in the 21st century. He distills his many years of consulting on how to build community and belonging; encourage mission and service; revitalize worship and hope; raise up teams and leaders. 208 pages, hardcover. Jossey-Bass.

Publishers Description
Create a small, strong congregation that is dedicated to advancing God's mission"The twenty-first century is the century of small, strong congregations. More people will be drawn to small, strong congregations than any other kind of congregation. Yes, there are mega-congregations; Their number is increasing greatly. Nevertheless, across the planet, the vast majority of congregations will be small and strong, and the vast majority of people will be in these congregations."
With uncommon wisdom Kennon L. Callahan--today's most noted church consultant--moves ahead of conventional thinking and in Small, Strong Congregations offers his unique vision of the church of the future.
This important book chronicles the emergence of a vast number of congregations that are questioning the bigger-is-better notion in church membership. These congregations are deliberately small, active, and happy in their dedication to creating strong church communities that advance God's mission. Step by step, Kennon Callahan shows pastors and other church leaders how they can develop the values and specific qualities helpful to shape and strengthen their own small congregations.
Written to be a hands-on guide, Small, Strong Congregations offers practical suggestions for creating mission and service, compassion and shepherding, community and belonging, self-reliance and self-sufficiency, worship and hope, teams and leaders, space and facilities, and giving and generosity. This wise resource is filled with illustrative examples that show clearly how myriad small churches have created solid, vigorous congregations.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kennon L. Callahan, Ph.D. -- noted author, researcher, professor, theologian, and pastor, is a number one bestselling author and among today's most sought after speakers and consultants. Living in Grace is Dr. Callahan's newest and nineteenth book.

Kennon L. Callahan currently resides in Dallas, in the state of Texas. Kennon L. Callahan has an academic affiliation as follows - Dallas, Texas.

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Small, Strong Congregations  Sep 29, 2007
Kennon Callahan has captured the imagination of the leader of the small church in America. He writes simply and straight forwardly about the trials of those who live in small congregations. I liked the fact that he doesn't try to convince the small church leader to adopt a mega-church mentality. Rather, he challenges them to look within their respective communities and tap into the power and the resources that already reside there. He does challenge the small church to live a life of service to the community rather than retreat into a life of survival. It is about mission not membership.
Go with the resources & strengths God has provided...  May 23, 2002
This book is uncharacteristically long for one of Callahan's works (most are about 130 pages or so-- this doubles those). It lacks his concise nature and brevity (Mark it, though-- he usually says a lot in a few words, and it does take time to wade through and gather all of his wisdom). This book bogs a little in the middle, as far as readability...

Nonetheless, Callahan provides great insight as to how to run a smaller church. Often, small churches (which they all start out as, even if planting one)attempt to be "mini-megas," as C calls them. The reality is... some will be mega-churches one day... but, they must live that tension between where they are today, and the vision of what God has called them to become in the future. And, rather than doing EVERYTHING right now, they are better off doing one or two things INCREDIBLY WELL NOW, then adding on from there. In other words, vision means that many times you have to say "no" to good opportunities.

This allows the church to focus its energies in moving forwards, creating critical mass to do other things... which brings success in an area, providing momentum... which brings success and more momentum...

The book as an organic, relational approach to church growth, which is refreshing. That is, growth happens naturally through relationships with people-- not by getting into trap of throwing out more programs (a tendency in the small church, wanting to be a mini-mega).

Callahan calls churches to be strong-- and to start building on their strengths. To take seriously the gifts and abilities and resources God has placed in that Body... And, to build the Kingdom.

Good, Strong Ideas  Aug 28, 2001
Callahan writes with a subtle passion that dares you to believe that small churches can be strong churches. As I read and reread his book, I found myself greatly wanting to be in the church he describes. I found the book to be convincing. There are other books I have read on church health and church growth, but this particular theory strikes me as more authentic, personal and practical.

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