The Americanization of a Congregation (2nd Edition) (#26 in Historical Series Of The Reformed Church In America)
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This second edition of Bruins's engaging history of the Third Reformed Church of Holland, Michigan, chronicles the events of twenty-five years of change since the first edition of this book was published for the church's centennial in 1970. This study continues to stand as a valuable contribution to the study of American church history and as a detailed case study of one church's effort to maintain an effective and relevant ministry to a new and continually changing culture.
Elton J. Bruins is the Founding Director and Philip Phelps Jr. Research Professor, Emeritus, at the A. C. Van Raalte Institute (1994 2002), the Blekkink Professor Emeritus of Religion (1966 92), and was Dean for Arts and Humanities (1984 89) at Hope College. His studies of the life and work of Van Raalte, the American Dutch heritage, and the Reformed Church in America, have resulted in numerous publications, including Albertus C. Van Raalte: Dutch Leader and American Patriot (Hope College, 1996), with Jeanne M. Jacobson and Larry J. Wagenaar. His scholarly compilation of materials related to t