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    Diana Butler Bass(Editor),Joseph Stewart-Sicking(Editor)

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In The Practicing Congregation (Alban, 2004), Diana Butler Bass explored the phenomenon of "intentional congregations," an emerging style of congregational vitality in which churches creatively and intentionally re-appropriate traditional Christian practices such as hospitality, discernment, contemplative prayer, and testimony. Against the steady flow of stories highlighting "mainline decline," The Practicing Congregation suggested that there is a new and often overlooked renaissance occurring in mainline Protestant churches.

The success of The Practicing Congregation made it clear that the next step was to provide examples that would illustrate the concepts laid out in that initial work. In From Nomads to Pilgrims, the editors continue to build this narrative, gathering specific stories of congregational vitality and transformation from participants in their research at the Project on Congregations of Intentional Practice, a Lilly Endowment Inc. funded study at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Including stories from a variety of faith traditions across the U.S., From Nomads to Pilgrims explores:

- how intentional congregations develop
- how they negotiate the demands of interpreting traditional Christian practices in a postmodern culture
- how these practices lead to congregational and personal transformation.

Each chapter is an instructive case study, illustrating a unique expression of the vitality experienced by a congregation that intentionally reclaims a traditional Christian practice. The pastors who have been involved in these congregations’ stories share their practical wisdom gained through the experience of leading these churches.

"Bass imagines a new future for the mainline church. Her vision is clear, her passion obvious, and her analysis solid." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. Diana Butler Bass directs the Project on Congregations of Intentional Practice at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. She is the author of The Practicing Congregation: Imagining a New Old Church (Alban Institute, 2004). Joseph Stewart-Sicking is the project associate for the Project on Congregations of Intentional Practice, where he conducts field research on vital mainline Protestant congregations.

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  • By Steve Willis on November 10, 2016

    needed for a class.. great book.

  • By Gail on July 13, 2015

    Excellent author who has a great grasp of the emergent and changing church

  • By Timothy L. Mccollum on August 14, 2006

    After reading this book, I felt a renewed vigor for creating new hope and new ideas in my own church. I cannot say that I would use of these ideas specifically (they don't really fit my church), understanding the struggles and challenges of starting new things is vital. This book allows us to see the trials and the joys of successful idea planting and I really appreciate the way it is compiled and the submissions that were chosen.

  • By Inquiring Mind on May 11, 2006

    Our entire parish has been reading this book together. Some of the practices the author describes are exciting to think about adopting. I am especially grateful to note that these practices are rooted in Christian tradition rather than church-marketing strategies. The greatest danger to mainline denominations today is striving to increase membership at the cost of faithfulness to the Gospel. The things that bring crowds into churches are not necessarily of God. Jesus wasn't popular in First Century Palestine, and faithfulness to the Gospel today can make Christians unpopular with those whose definition of Christianity has more to do with personal success and achievement than with compassion and sacrifice.

  • By Samuel B. Troxal on June 4, 2009

    This book is a GREAT companion to Christianity for the Rest of Us. These books are really inspiring me (and my congregation).


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