Ending with Hope: A Resource for Closing Congregations pdf epub fb2

Ending with Hope: A Resource for Closing Congregations by Beth Ann Gaede epub fb2 djvu

Author: Beth Ann Gaede
Title: Ending with Hope: A Resource for Closing Congregations
ISBN: 156699263X
ISBN13: 978-1566992633
Other Formats: mobi docx rtf mbr
Pages: 186 pages
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 1, 2002)
Language: English
Size EPUB version: 1398 kb
Size FB2 version: 1712 kb
Category: Christian Books & Bibles
Subcategory: Churches & Church Leadership

Why is it we do funerals so well but often balk at even recognizing the death of a congregation? Couldn't we do grief ministry and funerals as well for social groups as we do for individuals?" challenges Gilson Waldkoenig, in his seminary classes. Waldkoenig, associate professor of church in society at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, contributes his special insights on the subject of church endings, in this unique and important book. Ending with Hope grows out of the understanding that although closing a congregation is in many ways about dying, it can also be about new life. Closing a congregation does not have to be about failure but can be about redirecting resources for new ministry. Contributors represent eight denominations and include more than a dozen pastors, lay leaders, judicatory staff, and others who have "been there"―who have helped congregations through the painful closing process. Resources include models for assessing whether a congregation should close; reflections on members' and pastors' experiences during closing; case studies; guidance for deciding what to do with a building; suggestions for selecting and preserving documents and artifacts; rituals for healthy closings; a survey of historical trends regarding closings; and other helpful materials.

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