By Lyle E. Schaller
Written for either lay and ordained congregational leaders, this well timed e-book diagnoses the motives of church passivity, and formulates a style for combatting the matter. Dr. Schaller classifies church buildings in keeping with their inner dynamics (rather than denomination or geographical location), and demonstrates what number have conquer the "twenty-year syndrome" - that awkward time while rather new church buildings are likely to lose their experience of course. He additionally exhibits how church buildings could make a gentle transition from one pastor to a different, and the way new participants can be utilized in constructing a good church application.
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Members of Bethel Church were leaders in statewide programs for youth, for women, for men, and in Christian education. During these years seven young men had gone from Bethel into full-time Christian service as pastors, and two others had gone into the mission field, one in South America and one in Africa. The minister who had been the pastor at Bethel from 1934 to 1949 moved from that position to a major leadership office in the denomination. As a result of this visibility, plus the fact that it was the only church of its denomination in the city, newcomers of that denominational family who moved to the city automatically sought out Bethel.
Grace Church and Hank Erickson illustrate that combination. ) has a tremendous resource of creative, highly skilled, aggressive, and experienced leaders. Frequently that is not true, and the minister and other members often wonder why. "1 Dr. Mornell, a psychiatrist who has specialized in marriage counseling, contends that many men who are very active, articulate, energetic, and successful in their work come home at night and are inactive, inarticulate, lethargic, withdrawn, and passive in their relationships with their wives.
Only if there is an accurate diagnosis of the basic cause or sources of passivity in a congregation will it be possible to choose the appropriate response. The central thesis of this book is that the most productive response to passivity in a congregation is to identify the sources of the passivity and choose the response that matches the cause or sources. If they have the benefit of an accurate diagnosis, most congregational leaders will be able to choose the appropriate course of action to combat passivity.