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Reviving the Congregation

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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About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

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.

Reviving Means Reorienting and Restructuring

Reviving Means Reorienting and Restructuring

Michael W. Foss

Can congregations be revitalized? The answer is yes. But it will take both a spiritual renewal and organizational restructuring.

Praise for

Praise for "Reviving the Congregation"

"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

Read a Book Excerpt

Read a Book Excerpt

"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."

Leading in Changing Times: A Q&A with Michael Foss

Leading in Changing Times: A Q&A with Michael Foss

"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."

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

Reflections on Reviving the Church

Reflections on Reviving the Church

Sam Alexander

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.

Don't Ask How to Grow Your Church

Don't Ask How to Grow Your Church

Kyle Roberts

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.

Practical Guidance

Practical Guidance

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.

Let Dry Bones Live

Let Dry Bones Live

Chuck Queen

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.”

Refreshing the Pastor's Soul

Refreshing the Pastor's Soul

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.

Michael Foss on Reviving the Congregation

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