Pathway to Renewal: Practical Steps for Congregations

Pathway to Renewal: Practical Steps for Congregations

by Daniel P. Smith, Mary K. Sellon


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No pastor can lead a congregation to renewal alone. it requires a complete change of heart for the whole congregation. Congregational renewal occurs when people engage communally in a transition in their very understanding of the nature and purpose of their church. This goes far beyond a simple retooling of the mission statement or addition of a few programs. Authors Mary Sellon and Daniel Smith lead congregations through this process of renewal, breaking down into understandable components what is happening in the people themselves that makes renewal efforts successful. Pathway to Renewal offers pastors and congregational leaders a framework for understanding and addressing the deep cultural shift facing the people of a congregation during congregational renewal. This book will help leaders make sense of where their congregation could get stuck and guide them in thinking through what needs to be addressed next as a congregation seeks renewal. The realigning of a congregation's heart and sense of purpose can be a long process, but one that ultimately all congregations must experience in order to fully live out the world-transforming mission that God has given them to do.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566993715
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/30/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 820,945
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Daniel P. Smith and Mary K. Sellon (Huycke) are clergy in the United Methodist Church (Pacific Northwest Conference). In addition they are certified professional personal and organization coaches for their non-profit organization, Courageous Space Coaching and Consulting. They work with pastors, churches, and judicatories across the U.S. and Canada in the areas of congregational renewal, leadership development, and conflict facilitation

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