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Christianity for the Rest of Us

How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith
How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith
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There has been much hand-wringing about the decline of mainline Protestant churches. Many congregations who have tried to curb this trend have found themselves emulating mega-church programs, with extravagant, entertainment-style worship.

Seeking possible alternatives to this model, Diana Butler Bass conducted a major study among progressive churches across the country. While conventional wisdom holds that only conservative churches are growing, the surprising results of the study revealed just the opposite. Christianity for the Rest of Us offers a first-hand account of the grassroots phenomenon taking place in mainline church life today, showing that neighborhood churches are not only surviving but thriving.

Diana Butler Bass is the author of four books on American Protestantism, including Strength for the Journey and The Practicing Congregation. She has served on the faculty at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Rhodes College, and Virginia Theological Seminary. From 1995-2000 she wrote a weekly column on American religion for the New York Times syndicate. She is an increasingly popular speaker at retreats and workshops across the country. She lives in Alexandria, VA.

"The most important book of the decade about emerging Christianity and the renewal of mainline congregations. Exciting and encouraging, hopeful and helpful, and filled with examples of vital Christian practices from which all interested in the future of the church can learn."

- Marcus Borg, author of The Heart of Christianity

--Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

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For decades the accepted wisdom has been that America's mainline Protestant churches are in decline, eclipsed by evangelical mega-churches. Church and religion expert Diana Butler Bass wondered if this was true, and this book is the result of her extensive, three-year study of centrist and progressive churches across the country. Her surprising findings reveal just the opposite--that many of the churches are flourishing, and they are doing so without resorting to mimicking the mega-church, evangelical style.

Christianity for the Rest of Us describes this phenomenon and offers a how-to approach for Protestants eager to remain faithful to their tradition while becoming a vital spiritual community. As Butler Bass delved into the rich spiritual life of various Episcopal, United Methodist, Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, and Lutheran churches, certain consistent practices--such as hospitality, contemplation, diversity, justice, discernment, and worship--emerged as core expressions of congregations seeking to rediscover authentic Christian faith and witness today.

This hopeful book, which includes a study guide for groups and individuals, reveals the practical steps that leaders and laypeople alike are taking to proclaim an alternative message about an emerging Christianity that strives for greater spiritual depth and proactively engages the needs of the world.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780060859497
    • Manufacturer: Harper One
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780060859497
    • Publication Date: 10/01/2007
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Diana Butler Bass
    • Page Count: 321
    • Width: 5.44 inches
    • Height: 0.82 inches
    • Length: 8.00 inches
    • Weight: 0.56 pounds
    • SKU: 9780061741289
    • Manufacturer: Harper One
    • Author: Diana Butler Bass
    • ISBN 13: 9780061741289
    • Publication Date: 10/01/2007
    • Format: Electronic Media
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