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Church, Identity and Change

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Are denominations passe? In the face of theological crises and plunging membership numbers, the days of some denominations appear to be numbered. Other denominations, though holding their own, are also feeling the stresses of large-scale social change. "Church, Identity, and...


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Are denominations passe? In the face of theological crises and plunging membership numbers, the days of some denominations appear to be numbered. Other denominations, though holding their own, are also feeling the stresses of large-scale social change. "Church, Identity, and Change" offers an unprecedented, in-depth, inside look at the church today through the lens of eight diverse Protestant denominations. For each of the denominations examined -- Assemblies of God, Association of Vineyard Churches, Episcopal Church, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, National Baptist Convention, Reformed Church in America, United Church of Christ, and United Methodist Church -- an interdisciplinary team of scholars presents a historical overview, a sociological case study, and a theological essay. These denominations represent a wide scope of American churches -- liberal and conservative, old and new, declining and growing, liturgical and nonliturgical. The case studies particularly bring to life each church's distinctive challenges, including financial scandal, the death of a founder, and more. The book as a whole submits a timely assessment of the relationship between Christian faith and denominational structures. At a time when many analysts are heralding a major paradigm shift from modern to postmodern forms of organization, "Church, Identity, and Change" tracks how these several denominations are restructuring their organizational identities and practices to embody their theological commitments in a postmodern world. This book is an essential resource for those concerned about the fate of the church in the twenty-first century.
-Publisher

Since colonial days, religious work in American has happened through denominations. At least since the start of the twentieth century, these religious bodies consisted of a fairly tight, intra-denominationally connected system of congregations, regional judicatories, and national offices. This system was the product of more than two centuries of consolidation among Americanbs historic immigrant and indigenous churches. The vast majority of these structures are still in place, retain some semblance of internal coherence, have considerable social and religious significance, and will be with us for the foreseeable future. ^Nevertheless, the stresses upon them today clearly indicate that they are entering an unsettled period of transition. The purpose of this book is to examine the national structures of eight diverse Protestant denominations as a part of that shift. The frame of this study is the relationship between the theological and organizational nature of national denominational structures as they adapt to the changing situation of the twenty-first century.
-Publisher

Since colonial days, religious work in American has happened through denominations. At least since the start of the twentieth century, these religious bodies consisted of a fairly tight, intra-denominationally connected system of congregations, regional judicatories, and national offices. This system was the product of more than two centuries of consolidation among Americanbs historic immigrant and indigenous churches. The vast majority of these structures are still in place, retain some semblance of internal coherence, have considerable social and religious significance, and will be with us for the foreseeable future.
Nevertheless, the stresses upon them today clearly indicate that they are entering an unsettled period of transition. The purpose of this book is to examine the national structures of eight diverse Protestant denominations as a part of that shift. The frame of this study is the relationship between the theological and organizational nature of national denominational structures as they adapt to the changing situation of the twenty-first century.


-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 228440
  • Product Code 0802828191
  • EAN 9780802828194
  • Pages 664
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Church Growth
  • Publisher Eerdmans
  • Publication Date May 2005
  • Dimensions 241 x 165 x 38mm
  • Weight 0.953kg

David Roozen (Ed)

Roozen is Director of Hartford Seminary's Center for Social and Religious Research, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A. A

James Nieman (Ed)

James R. Nieman is professor of practical theology at Hartford Seminary, Hartford, Connecticut and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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