This is a project I was involved with several years ago, while in seminary. I have threatened numerous times to revisit this and continue to work at the basic premise. It was good, just not complete. If you feel inclined to help, I would appreciate any suggestions. I will no doubt make sure that the revisions can be seen apart from the original, which is owned collectively by all the authors. Each gave their permission years ago to work with this, as long as attribution was given.

Be prepared: This is a small book. It is, at least I think, interesting and challenging – especially for churches in flux and those trying to redefine their identity – but it is not a quick read.  

GROWING BEYOND NUMBERS

 
The Methodist Theological School Project
for Transforming Church Growth
 
Advanced Church Leadership Class, Spring 2003

Lisa Withrow, PhD, Instructor

Student Authors and denomination (in alphabetical order):
Jennifer Carter – UUA,
Andrew Little , co-editor – PC(USA), 
John Martin – UUA,
Thomas Orth – UCC,  
Rebecca Ploughe – UMC,
David Soliday – UUA, 
Kerry Wood, co-editor – UMC
 
Methodist Theological School in Ohio
3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware Ohio 43015
May 23, 2003

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction    

 PART 1

Unpacking Church Growth Movements: The Problem Behind the Numbers           

The Church’s Past

The Development of Ecclesiology – the Theology of Church           

The Church as it Could Be: Unbounded Sacred Space and Time     

Redefining Church Growth   

 PART 2

Process for Exploration: An Inner Work/Outer Work Pilgrimage     

The Catalyst Group    

The Initial Process

Inner Work and Outer Work: Meaning-Making        

Completing the Pilgrimage    

 Conclusion     

 Bibliography  

For Additional Reading 

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