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Churches That Make a Difference : Reaching Your Community with Good News and Good Works - Ronald J. Sider

Churches That Make a Difference

Reaching Your Community with Good News and Good Works

Paperback Published: 1st April 2002
ISBN: 9780801091339
Number Of Pages: 336
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Churches over the past generations have been weakened by a failure to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of their communities. Many have adopted a narrow vision, focusing on only one aspect of ministry. But in today's environment of faith-based opportunities many Christians are eager to start reaching out to their world with both Good News and good works, and therefore they are searching for appropriate ways to integrate both into their ministry. In Churches That Make a Difference, best-selling author Ron Sider and his coauthors give those involved in community outreach a comprehensive resource for developing holistic ministry--a balance of evangelism and social outreach. Illustrations and helpful organizational tips detail the how-to's of an effective holistic ministry. Case studies that show how different churches across the United States reach out to their communities provide a variety of ideas and practical applications. User-friendly tools are included as well for congregational studies, surveys, evaluations, and community assessments. The authors draw on extensive experience with church ministries and faith-based organizations as they share the life-changing vision and biblical mandate for living the whole gospel. Church leaders will be encouraged in their process of developing and maintaining a holistic ministry, and local churches will rediscover a passion for loving the whole person the way Jesus did.

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introduction: An Astonishing Opportunityp. 11
An Overview of the Bookp. 15
Understanding Holistic Ministry
What Does Holistic Ministry Look Like?p. 23
The Church's Calling to Holistic Ministryp. 45
Making Evangelism Centralp. 63
Embracing Social Action--from Relief to Public Policyp. 84
Integrating Evangelism and Social Outreachp. 103
The Essential Elements of Holistic Ministry
Divine Love and Power for Outreach Ministryp. 129
A Commitment to Community Outreachp. 145
A Healthy Congregational Base for Ministryp. 166
Church Leadership for Holistic Ministryp. 186
A Ministry-Centered Organizational Structurep. 205
Ministry Partnershipsp. 224
Cultivating and Implementing the Vision
Developing a Holistic Ministry Vision for Your Contextp. 249
Rallying Support for the Visionp. 271
Dealing with Fears, Change, and Conflict in Your Congregationp. 291
Conclusion: We Can Do Itp. 311
Profiles of the Churches in the Congregations, Communities, and Leadership Development Projectp. 315
Holistic Ministry Resourcesp. 319
Notesp. 325
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ISBN: 9780801091339
ISBN-10: 0801091330
Series: Social Justice Ser.
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st April 2002
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.46