The New Adapters: Shaping Ideas to Fit Your Congregation

by Jacob Armstrong. Abingdon Press, 2015.
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Be reassured: Armstrong, a United Methodist pastor, and the diverse group of Christian clergy who contribute to the book, “love the church, believe it won’t fail, and know it has to change”. They’re not about change for change sake, either. Indeed, “new ways of worship [can] look old”. Basics of this church-revitalization model include: listening and learning before proclaiming and teaching; keeping “good news to the poor” central to the ministry; focusing less on physical buildings and more on building communities; and offering contextualized worship services that are accessible and engaging for all, especially those new to church. Read this book to find courage and counsel to plant a new ministry or resuscitate a failing one. Find the author’s blog at {{ |}}.