Having Nothing, Possessing Everything: Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places

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Eerdmans #ad - Pastor mike mather arrived in Indianapolis thinking that he was going to serve the poor. Viewing people—not programs, finances, or service models—as their most valuable resource moved church members beyond their own walls and out into the streets, determination, where they discovered folks rich in strength, talents, and love.

Mather’s having nothing, possessing Everything will inspire readers to seek justice in their own local communities and to find abundance and hope all around them. But after his church’s community lost nine young men to violence in a few short months, Mather came to see that the poor didn’t need his help—he needed theirs.

Having Nothing, Possessing Everything: Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places #ad - This is the story of how one church found abundance in a com-munity of material poverty.

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Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development

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IVP Books #ad - Relocationreconciliationredistributionleadership developmentlistening to the CommunityChurch-Based DevelopmentA Wholistic Approach to MinistryEmpowermentIn Making Neighborhoods Whole Perkins and Gordon revisit these eight commitments and how they've played out in real communities, even as they scan the horizon of urban ministry to set a new tone.

With profiles of longstanding and emerging community development ministries, they guide a new conversation and empower disciples of Jesus to seek the welfare of their cities to the glory of God. Nearly thirty years later ccdas eight key components of community development still set the bar for how churches, parachurches and nonprofits engage cities with the whole gospel.

Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development #ad - Already with decades of experience speaking prophetically into the charged racial climate of the American south, John Perkins began to see a need for organized thinking and collaborative imagination about how the church engages urban ministry. And so the christian community Development Association CCDA was born, with Wayne Gordon an immediate and enthusiastic participant.

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Mission: An Essential Guide Essential Guide Abingdon Press

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Abingdon Press #ad - Others swing the other way, declaring that everything the church does is mission, depriving the idea of mission of its power to define those specific actions of God which proclaim the gospel and build God's kingdom. Mission" has become, for many North American Christians, an ambiguous and often uncomfortable term.

Distressed with this history and uncertain about how to overcome it, many prefer to ignore the New Testament mandate that the church must be in mission if it is to be the church. The church exists by missions, just as fire exists by burning. With these words of emil Brunner, the author reminds us that to be the church is to be in mission.

Mission: An Essential Guide Essential Guide Abingdon Press #ad - After describing the various "captivities of mission" which plague North American Christianity, the author argues for a robust and engaged practice of mission, beginning in congregations and extending to the broader community. To many it brings to mind a past in which western culture was identified with the gospel in missionary practice and programs.

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The Mystic Way of Evangelism: A Contemplative Vision for Christian Outreach

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Baker Academic #ad - This thoroughly revised edition includes a new study guide. Praise for the first editionoutreach resource of the Year Award Winner"Heath's biographies of the mystics are inspiring, method-obsessed, and her emphases on suffering and spiritual depth as the antidote to a prepackaged, consumer-oriented evangelistic approach are refreshing.

Outreach. Elaine heath brings a fresh perspective to the theory and practice of evangelism by approaching it through contemplative spirituality.

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How Your Congregation Learns: The Learning Journey from Challenge to Achievement

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers #ad - How your congregation learns introduces churches and leaders—both lay and ordained—to the process of the learning journey. Some are mundane: the roof leaks; the parking lot needs repaving; the microphones don’t work well. Change isn’t always easy or intuitive. Some tests are transcendent: how should lives be honored? what is God calling the congregation to do and be? How can generosity be taught? Throughout life people face challenges for which they are not prepared—the death of a parent, a new job offer, making a decision about where to live.

By understanding learning dynamics and working to become a learning community, the congregation will be able to move more purposefully to achieve its goals. Congregations face many kinds of challenges. This book addresses the just-beyond-the-grasp challenges and shows how real congregations can learn from them.

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The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers #ad - This book reports on voluntary, self-organizing structures that focus on gifts and value hospitality, the welcoming of strangers. The consumer society tells us that we are insufficient and that we must purchase what we need from specialists and systems outside the community. ". John mcknight and peter block show that we have the capacity to find real and sustainable satisfaction right in our neighborhood and community.

We need our neighbors and community to stay healthy, raise our children, produce jobs, and care for those on the margin. In this way we collectively have enough to create a future that works for all. Institutions and professional services have reached their limit of their ability to help us. It shows how to reweave our social fabric, especially in our neighborhoods.

The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods #ad - We have become consumers and clients, not citizens and neighbors.

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How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You're Going: Leading in a Liminal Season

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers #ad - In a liminal season it simply is not helpful to pretend we understand what needs to happen next. How do you lead an organization stuck between an ending and a new beginning—when the old way of doing things no longer works but a way forward is not yet clear? Beaumont calls such in-between times liminal seasons—threshold times when the continuity of tradition disintegrates and uncertainty about the future fuels doubt and chaos.

But leaders can still lead. How to lead when you don’t know where you’re Going is a practical book of hope for tired and weary leaders who risk defining this era of ministry in terms of failure or loss. It helps leaders stand firm in a disoriented state, learning from their mistakes and leading despite the confusion.

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Transforming Communities: How People Like You Are Healing Their Neighborhoods

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Chalice Press #ad - What can one person do to make a difference?Here’s the good news. The world around us is a wreck. Equal parts inspiration, transforming communities by veteran community activist Sandhya Jha will open your eyes to the world-healing potential within you, the tools, and the encouragement to start transforming your neighborhood, education, and Do-It-Yourself, and give you the vision, one person at a time.

And you are one of them. Millions of everyday people are ready to step into their power to transform their communities. When there’s so much conflict around the country and around the corner, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, powerless, and helpless. Take heart and be inspired by real stories of ordinary people who took action and changed their corner of the world, one block at a time.

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Neighborhood Church: Transforming Your Congregation into a Powerhouse for Mission

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Westminster John Knox Press #ad - They dare to have an audacious hope for local congregations not only as signs of God’s kingdom but as life-giving institutions that anchor their neighborhoods. How can we embody the values of love, grace, how can our collective embodiment of these values shine even brighter? The answers to these questions must always unfold right here, right now, and justice? As faith communities, exactly where God has planted us.

. Van tatenhove and Mueller believe that, parish by parish, we can reverse this trend. They give practical, essential tools that lead to communal conversion, develop the DNA of listening, promote integrated space, spur fruitful partnerships, and sustain long-term visions. They believe these tools will spark true revival and unleash the power of incarnational ministry.

Neighborhood Church: Transforming Your Congregation into a Powerhouse for Mission #ad - Neighborhood churchacts as a resource to inspire churches to become a vibrant and engaging community partner with the families and neighborhoods living around them. The need for transformation is acute. This is, in part, a consequence of disconnection from our communities. Congregational decline continues across all mainline denominations.

Drawing on their combined sixty years of parish experience, wisdom from Asset-Based Community Development, and compelling case stories, Van Tatenhove and Mueller do more than just call us to incarnational ministry. The abandonment of the church by the millennial generation is ubiquitous; no denomination is escaping it.

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The Alternative: Most of What You Believe About Poverty Is Wrong

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Lulu Publishing Services #ad - He merges heart and soul with system thinking to yield a prescription featuring the real math, trust relationships and courage that can change the “us and them, ” to “upward together” and put American families in the driver’s seat to build their futures. B. Miller, a trained engineer, the son of a remarkable single mother, the one-time manager of a top social service organization and most importantly, has both lived and observed the failings embodied in our attitudes toward the poor and, as a result, the flaws in our systems meant to help people in poverty.

Clara miller, President of the F. Heron foundation: the Alternative, is not only important reading, it’s imperative.

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Wrestling with Rest: Inviting Youth to Discover the Gift of Sabbath

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Eerdmans #ad - For them, the notion of Sabbath grace both appeals and disorients. Busyness is a sickness of the soul that affects many today—and it is especially detrimental to young people, who are finding their identity shaped by ongoing resume-building, constant digital communication, and unceasing activity. Yet through the sabbath, life, God invites young people into an identity rooted and grounded in the grace, and provision of God.

Wrestling with rest offers biblical and practical advice for helping youth to discover their God-given identity, in which they can truly find rest. But rest—sabbath—is necessary for youth, and physiologically, not just because of who they are socially, emotionally, but because of who God has made them to be and wants them to be.

Wrestling with Rest: Inviting Youth to Discover the Gift of Sabbath #ad - Nathan stucky shows that rest challenges youth whose identities are rooted in productivity, efficiency, achievement, and accom­plishment. The last thing they have time for is rest.

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