Reviving the Congregation
Pastoral Leadership in a Changing Context
by Michael W. Foss
"I can't imagine any pastor or church that wouldn't benefit abundantly from reading Mike Foss's Reviving the Congregation."
—Leonard Sweet, Drew University and George Fox University
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Bestselling author and pastor Michael Foss offers a compelling introduction to the new context in which we lead, and the personal and congregational strategies that will offer a way forward.
Michael W. Foss
Can congregations be revitalized? The answer is yes. But it will take both a spiritual renewal and organizational restructuring.
"Foss has a genius for providing outstanding insights and suggestions that help transform many congregations (including my own)." —Robert Driver-Bishop, Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Church, ELCA
"On the one hand, most homes in the United States have Bibles and revere them as the word of God. On the other hand, most adults in this country do not read the Bible."
"I have found that leading in changing times requires risk. We have a great theology of forgiveness but many pastors and lay leaders are risk averse because we fear failure."
Christian faith is about transformation and the only way we are going to revive the message of the gospel, (never mind the Church), is if we offer, personally offer, a creative expression of love so compelling that people start to shine like lights in the cosmos.
The point I resonated with most was Foss’ suggestion that pastors should not ask how they can grow their churches. Rather, they should focus on how to change it.
Amber M. Stamper
The information Foss provides, from the theological to the practical, will undoubtedly prove helpful for pastors who need a reminder of the fundamentals of church growth.
I particularly found helpful his chapter on pastoral vision – a vision which obviously must also be owned by the people – where the people are set free “to grow” the vision “larger than the leader’s vision” and to “embrace more people to accomplish more than expected.”
Bruce G. Epperly
Foss shows a pathway to church growth that goes beyond “how to” books and superficial formulae to see the connection between pastoral vision, spirituality, and relationships and faithful and excellent ministry.