By R Robert Cueni
Many mainline church buildings make the error of pondering that during order to reverse decline they need to turn into whatever that they're now not. usually that adjust of identification has to do with worship. In a learn funded by way of the Lilly beginning, Robert Cueni has interviewed pastors and participants of dozens of large-membership mainline church buildings that experience rotated long-standing styles of stagnation or decline. the typical denominator he pointed out is that the management of those church buildings have discovered how you can comprise the church’s tale and experience of identification right into a new tale of swap and renewal. They paintings with the strengths they locate, circulation clear of the weaknesses, and arrive at a newly thriving congregation. In Dinosaur middle Transplants, Cueni stocks the findings and conclusions from his groundbreaking examine and demonstrates how even small and mid-sized congregations can include those styles of renewal.
Key beneficial properties: • Addresses an issue that's being confronted in different methods by way of many church buildings this present day • appropriate to mainline church buildings of all sizes • Makes to be had in an available layout the findings of a Lilly starting place learn
Key advantages: • Readers will comprehend the standards that reason or symbolize stagnating church buildings • Readers will comprehend the outlook essential to stream church buildings that experience reached a plateau into renewal • Readers will know the way to crystallize a church’s tale and experience of identification • Readers will the best way to contain that tale and determine with a brand new tale of swap and renewal • Readers will how one can establish church buildings’ weaknesses and circulate clear of them
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The congregation saw little necessity for change. Per capita stewardship declined, but the congregation managed to keep expenses within its income. Attendance had been dropping for a decade, but so slowly that few people took notice. The average age of congregants nudged into the low sixties, but a few young adults joined every year. Attempts to change anything met strong, even angry, resistance. " The minister and a visionary lay leader stumbled on an idea that broke open existing ways of thinking and doing to make room for renewal to take place.
Consequently, they can cite chapter and verse for a theologically integrated explanation of their leadership process. On the other hand, some very capable leaders seem to have few analytical skills and no particular insight into church management. The reason for their congregation’s vibrancy may even puzzle them. They rely on intuition rather than analysis. Still other clergy combine intuition and analytical skills with an intentional planning process. Without exception, however, vital tall steeples’ leaders have some method for making it happen.
Abutting the church’s property are $300,000 to $400,000 homes. The facility, like the spelling of the name, reflects its origin as a faith community for people of German descent. The frequently expanded stone building suggests sturdiness rather than ostentation. Everything, including the large parish cemetery on the property, is immaculate, maintained, trimmed, and substantial. Gary Clark, senior minister since 1995, was ordained a United Methodist minister and transferred his ordination into the United Church of Christ.
Dinosaur Heart Transplants: Renewing Mainline Congregations by R Robert Cueni