Back to Zero: The Search to Rediscover the Methodist Movement Adaptive Leadership Series

Abingdon Press - We are currently at a time in which United Methodists are reinventing denominational connectionalism. One way of framing the issue is to distinguish between members and disciples, or consumers those who wait for the institution to care for their needs and citizens those who are willing to commit themselves to and be held accountable for the whole of the community.

United methodism has nurtured generations of leaders and congregations that see themselves as consumers of the resources and attention of the denomination. The lifeblood of the united methodist is passion rather than organizational neatness, entrepreneurial freedom rather than denominational restraint, and agility rather than staid institutional dependence.

Back to Zero: The Search to Rediscover the Methodist Movement Adaptive Leadership Series - The impulse toward movement is challenging spiritually purposeful leaders and congregations to risk becoming citizens who fully expect to make a difference in the lives of individuals and also in the world through an encounter with Christ. But if united methodists want to change and be the church we say we want to be, what must we risk and how can we challenge current practices? At the heart of becoming a spiritual movement once again is the requirement that we develop a new understanding of connection as Christians and as United Methodists.





The Method of Our Mission: United Methodist Polity & Organization

Abingdon Press - Warner also addresses the estrangement between theology and institutional structures and practice by framing governance practices and organizational structure within a Wesleyan theology of connection. This textbook has been updated with changes from the 2016 General Conference. Polity and organization are primary embodiments of The United Methodist Church.

. This approach will assist current and future denominational leaders in understanding their practices of administration and participation in polity as a theological endeavor and key component of their ministries. Theology shapes who we are and how we organize to transform the world. The book is organized into four parts—United Methodist beliefs, practice, mission, and organization.

Functional in nature, these aspects of the denomination facilitate our mission to make disciples for the transformation of the world. Especially written for required united methodist classes, this accessible book uses a Wesleyan theological frame—connection—to help readers understand United Methodism’s polity and organization as the interrelationship of our beliefs, mission, and practice.

The Method of Our Mission: United Methodist Polity & Organization - This book connects denominational governance and organization to our beliefs as well as our mission. A clear understanding of our identity—as methodists with Wesleyan roots in connection—and our purpose—to make disciples for the transformation of the world—can help students of United Methodism navigate this treacherous landscape as present and future leaders.





Leadership in the Wesleyan Spirit

Abingdon Press - Used book in Good Condition. Yet the way one goes about this work, contends Lovett H. Rather the need is to locate the genius behind the achievements of the past from which we can learn for our day. It involves walking a tightrope between continuity and change. Weems, Jr. Is anything but simple. It is to choose selectively those themes and emphases of the Wesleyan movement that can best inform the practice of ministry today, and to seek to grow into them.

The task is neither to repeat the past, nor to ignore it. He then enumerates practices of Wesleyan leadership, living in tension, such as leading from the center and the edge, and making "connection" happen. In order to achieve this, weems identifies such principles of early Wesleyanism as beginning with where people are, focusing on service, and remembering the poor.

Leadership in the Wesleyan Spirit - The purpose of this book is simple -- to reclaim a vision for church leadership from the great spiritual awakening known as the Wesleyan movement. Finally, proclaiming christ, he names the core passions of the Wesleyan spirit: knowing God, and seeking justice.





Sent and Gathered: A Worship Manual for the Missional Church Engaging Worship

Baker Academic - The book broadens current ecumenical worship conversations, reveals insights drawn from the church at worship in the world, and argues for a common understanding of a theology of worship. Historic changes are occurring in the convergence of worship styles throughout the Christian church. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold!

Tracking provided on most orders. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. Used book in Good Condition. Condition: New. Isbn13: 9780801031656. Christians across the theological spectrum are seeking to learn from their own tradition's roots and from the liturgical expressions of believers in other times and places.

Sent and Gathered: A Worship Manual for the Missional Church Engaging Worship - Here worship expert clayton schmit examines worship in church settings around the globe and provides a practical manual for shaping liturgies that are informed by and relevant to contemporary missional contexts.





Think Like a Filmmaker: Sensory-Rich Worship Design for Unforgettable Messages

Marcia McFee - Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. Insights from filmmakers: art directors, cinematographers and directors, composers, screenwriters, will attract and ignite volunteers as they gain skills for every worship art. Marcia mcfee, will give you her time-tested strategies for creating and sustaining sensory-rich worship that offers unforgettable messages each and every week.

Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Isbn13: 9780801031656. Applying these lessons to vital communication of the greatest-story-ever-told will not only inspire pastors and staff for their work, but will invigorate the congregation's excitement for Sunday mornings!WITH THIS BOOK:* Take the stress out of worship planning by adopting one important strategy* Train knowledgeable volunteers that love working on worship* Streamline your efforts by learning a common design vocabulary and process* Do it all through a fun exploration of filmmaking techniques, from conceptualizing the story to dealing with "the reviews!" Used book in Good Condition.

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Focus: The Real Challenges That Face The United Methodist Church Adaptive Leadership Series

Abingdon Press - Used book in Good Condition. Condition: New. Isbn13: 9780801031656. Few would argue that many challenges face The United Methodist Church. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. Tracking provided on most orders. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! But what are the core issues and concerns, with 34, suggests that we start with the following:  - what will happen now that the increased giving that United Methodists have enjoyed despite declining membership numbers has reached a plateau and begun to decline? - Why, what must the UMC “reset” about itself? Lovett Weems, one of the most highly-respected interpreters of contemporary United Methodism, the ones that must be addressed if the church is to follow God’s leading into the future? Laying aside what can be merely tweaked or adjusted, 000 congregations and $6.

5 billion in annual giving, conviction, why is that still the group we focus on reaching? - why are so many mid-sized churches on their way to becoming small-membership congregations? With insight, and calm resolve, can’t United Methodists add a net increase of even 1 new disciple of Jesus Christ in a given year? - Why are United Methodist clergy less concerned with reaching young adults than are laity? Why are laity unwilling to make the changes to worship and budgets required to attract these same young adults? - If the percentage of married couples with young children has declined by half since the 1950s, Lovett Weems challenges United Methodists not only to ask these hard questions, but to face up to the difficult decisions they require of us as we continue to seek God’s will for our lives together.





Jesus Insurgency: The Church Revolution from the Edge Adaptive Leadership Series

Abingdon Press - Used book in Good Condition. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Indeed, the change we long for is already happening. We need creative thinking done by people who are not afraid to face the institutional church. Condition: New. If we pay attention, we can let this Jesus Insurgency create new life. It is happening on the margins in ministries to the least, the last, and the lost.

Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. Isbn13: 9780801031656. Crunching more data may be helpful but will not revolutionize, let alone save, a declining church. Tracking provided on most orders. Written by two creative pastors with different but successful ministries, this breathtaking book will show you how the church can live out its mission and ignite a movement.





Introduction to the Old Testament Introduction to Religion

Cambridge University Press - Pays unique attention to the origins of monotheism, the common heritage of jews, flashcards, and Muslims • Includes generous number of illustrations, and frequent sidebar discussions in each chapter, 20 freshly created maps, Christians, as well as concise chapter summaries and glossary of terms • Has a web component that includes study guides, PowerPoint lecture slides and a test bank Used book in Good Condition.

. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Where pertinent to the message of the old Testament, and sociology, the book explores issues of history, comparative religions, while striking a balance among these topics by focusing primarily on literary features of the text. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Introduction to the Old Testament Introduction to Religion - It also traces the legacy of monotheism first found in the pages of the Old Testament. Condition: New. Along the way, the book explores how the Old Testament conceptualized and gave rise to monotheism, one of the most significant developments in history. In addition, frequent sidebar discussions introduce the reader to contemporary scholarship, especially the results of historical-critical research and archaeology.

This volume introduces ancient Israel's Scriptures, or the Hebrew Bible, commonly called the Old Testament. Tracking provided on most orders. Isbn13: 9780801031656.





Sacraments & Discipleship: Understanding Baptism and the Lord's Supper in a United Methodist Context

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform - Dr. The primary task of the christian life is to respond to God’s gracious initiative by loving God and our neighbor, that is, the people God puts in our path. This book discusses how such sacramental grace comes to us and how we might open ourselves to it in a more complete way. Stamm helps us discover once again that to talk about the sacraments is to talk about the entirety of human life and Christian discipleship.

Tracking provided on most orders. It emphasizes the work of god’s grace, yet insists that there is a human side of the covenant, the work of receiving grace. Isbn13: 9780801031656. The sacraments help us do that. Used book in Good Condition. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold!

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The Once and Future Wesleyan Movement

Abingdon Press - Tracking provided on most orders. It closes with a hopeful vision of what a renewed United Methodism might look like. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Drawing on the image of loren mead’s once and future church and moises naim’s analysis in The End of Power, Jones argues that a viable future for United Methodism is to recapture the dynamism of being a movement, with many of the characteristics of early 19th century Methodism coming to the fore.

It will draw on three key works about methodism in the first half of the 19th century: Nathan Hatch’s Democratization of American Christianity, John Wigger’s Taking Heaven by Storm, and Gregory Schneider’s The Way of the Cross Leads Home. It focuses on the united States and the first half is broadly applicable to all denominations in the Wesleyan tradition.

The Once and Future Wesleyan Movement - The last half of the book discusses obstacles that are currently preventing the United Methodist Church from achieving its potential. Jones argues that several unique factors remain available to The United Methodist Church today from the period of rapid growth between 1800 and 1840 The book talks about how the Wesleyan form of church contains important resources for the future of Christianity.

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Grace Under Pressure

United Methodist General Board of Higher Education - Isbn13: 9780801031656. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Distancing himself from liberals and conservatives but also pointing to the uselessness of a middle way, Rieger explores the theology of grace in situations of human pressure. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. Tracking provided on most orders.

Used book in Good Condition. Condition: New. Following john wesley in his move to consider the 'works of mercy' as part of the means of grace, the author proposes to us a relational concept of grace that will prosper in dialogue and solidarity with those in distress, the oppressed 'other' who make present the gracious 'Other.

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