The Soul of Tomorrow's Church
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Congregations sometimes feel fragmented by information overload and by increasing specialization. They sometimes sense little connection between malpractice insurance and Holy Communion. Church leaders often become caught in doing the church without being the church for one another. Sometimes this work of the church stifles God's life-giving Spirit. Kent Ira Groff invites congregational leaders to weave spiritual practices into all aspects of ministry. The soul of the church will be restored as spiritual practices are woven in five ministry functions: worship, administration, education, soul care, and outreach. Every chapter of this book teems with practical ways to weave spiritual practices of prayer, discernment, faith stories, silence, and hospitality in each one of the five specific ministry functions. The book helps leaders incorporate spiritual practices in the areas of worship, administration, education, soul care, and outreach. The Soul of Tomorrow's Church connects with Jesus' life and with the life of the early church as reflected in the Epistles. Dr. Groff writes that today's crisis is not an organizational one. The challenge for tomorrow's church is not to focus on new programs or structures, but to focus on ways to infuse ministry with new life.
Kent Ira Groff, a writer, poet, speaker, and spiritual guide, describes his work as one beggar showing other beggars where to find bread. He is founding mentor of Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and adjunct professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary.