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Paperback The In-Between Church: Navigating Size Transitions in Congregations Book

ISBN: 1566992079

ISBN13: 9781566992077

The In-Between Church: Navigating Size Transitions in Congregations

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Book Overview

Alban Senior Consultant Mann draws on her lengthy experience in helping congregations deal with the hurdles and anxieties of expansion or contraction in size. Often, congregations experiencing size change do not recognize the need to change culture and form as part of the successful adaptation process. Mann details the adjustments in attitude--as well as practice--that are necessary to support successful size change.

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Useful Tool

As a growing Mennonite church, we were interested in learning the best transitional methodologies. We see our self-image of a "small downtown church" is quickly becoming both incorrect and inadequate and we desire to make our "growing up" as painless as possible. This book is a useful tool in our quest to adapt to our larger congregation.

Aha -- now I get it!

A helpful little book that articulates why churches get "stuck" in plateau zones, with worship attendance hovering between 50 and 70, or between 150 and 200, or between 350 to 400, or between 800 and 1000. There are invisible forces at work -- wrapped up in the identity and self-understanding of the church -- that inhibit growth at these levels. This book explains what those forces are, and offers a few suggestions. I have an interesting history with this book; initially, this book helped me to understand that we should not be counting members so much as we should be counting worshipers. More recently, I have come to think that even counting worshipers is not what we really ought to be measuring. How many people is your church helping to grow spiritually, and what is the rate of that growth? To what degree are people internalizing the gospel and seeking to live by it? Those, I think, are the real questions. Of course, those kind of numbers are difficult to measure! Nevertheless, this book is helpful if you believe that your church may be stuck!

Very Good

The author explains well how difficult it is for a church to make a size transition. She explains the systemic dynamics that affect church growth and gives some ideas of how to best deal with the problems. This book is a must read for anyone that has noticed their church growth plateau and doesn't understand why.
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