Not Safe for Church: Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations

Not Safe for Church: Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations

by F. Douglas Jr. Powe, Jasmine Smothers


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Congregations say they want to reach new and younger people, many of whom are simply turned off by church. The big idea is that congregations must be willing to embrace radical ways to connect with new generations. Re-thinking old assumptions is a starting place but more is needed. To really connect congregations have to move beyond and start doing new things that are out of their comfort zones.

These authors give ten ways to help you move from just saying what you intend to actually doing it. This book provides tools to help churches re-frame the Good News in non-traditional ways and study questions for church leadership teams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426775765
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 01/06/2015
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

F. Douglas Powe, Jr. is an ordained elder in the Baltimore/Washington Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He is the Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and professor of evangelism and of urban ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary. Powe is committed to helping urban congregations and congregations in transitional areas to flourish through community partnering. His research interest are church revitalization, urban theology and Methodist theology. He holds an MDiv from Candler School of Theology and a PhD in systematic theology from Emory University.

Jasmine Smothers currently serves as the Lead Pastor of the historic Atlanta First United Methodist Church. Previously, she served as Associate Director for Congregational Vitality through the Office of Connectional Ministries in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

First Commandment: Thou Shall Chill: What's at Stake 1

Second Commandment: Thou Shall Not Front: Be Authentic 13

Third Commandment: Thou Shall Not Trip: Discuss Taboo Subjects 29

Fourth Commandment: Thou Shall Check Yourself before You Wreck Yourself: Provide Inclusive Worship and Bible Study 45

Fifth Commandment: Thou Shall Learn How We Roll: Create New Entry Points 59

Sixth Commandment: Thou Shall Watch the Throne: Rethink Leadership 71

Seventh Commandment: Thou Shall Get Game: Engage Mission and Activism in Meaningful Ways 83

Eighth Commandment: Thou Shall Not Deny My Swag: Hear New Insights 97

Ninth Commandment: Thou Shall Sample: Bring Together the Old and New 111

Tenth Commandment: Thou Shall Represent: The Future Is Now! 123

Conclusion 137

Notes 139

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