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Paperback Being Church, Becoming Community Book

ISBN: 0664256694

ISBN13: 9780664256692

Being Church, Becoming Community

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To John Buchanan, mainline churches have an obligation to be in the world, and their effectiveness requires that they not abandon their traditions. Churches need to steer a course that allows them to maintain a singular way in the world and to creatively respond to questions of meaning, hope, vocation, and values. In this book, Buchanan explores the specific ways the church intersects with community life. He vigorously affirms the Reformed tradition's...

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Hopeful encouragement and reflection on church life

John Buchanan has written a book that will uplift many a pastor and church member. He reflects on what it means for local churches to be and do community, in the context of his experience as pastor of a large, downtown church. In some respects, Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago is quite distinctive; yet Buchanan's discussion of the meaning of church and church life feels in no way elitist or unusual.Many books have been published in the past several years that sing dirges over the plight of many churches. Buchanan does not ignore the problems that churches face, nor the conditions that create them. Neither does he spew out trendy techniques for pulling one's church out of a tailspin. Rather, he discusses stories in the Bible and how he sees those stories addressing churches today. And he dares to probe theologically about what it means to be God's people--without sounding either academic or superficial.This is the kind of readable yet thoughtful book to give to a pastor or church leader who might be feeling discouraged about ministry. It is a book about hope in the face of change and forces that would diminish our capacity to join together in faith. I recommend the book without qualification.George Thompson Associate Professor of Church Administration and Leadership The Interdenominational Theological Center Atlanta, Georgiagthompson@itc.edu
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