Beyond Maintenance to Mission

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-03-01
  • Publisher: Fortress Pr

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Visionary yet practical, Nessan's influential book makes a persuasive case for the centrality of mission in the life of the church. Nessan's model of mission-driven leadership is strongly centered on the community of faith's worship and draws unique connections between the worship life of a congregation and every aspect of the church's ministry. Around the twin foci of congregational identity and mission, the chapters in this dynamic book provide solid theological and radical direction on the themes of worship, education, fellowship, stewardship, evangelism, global connections, and social ministry.

Author Biography

Craig L. Nessan is Professor of Contextual Theology and Academic Dean at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. He is author of Transforming Leadership: New Vision for a Church in Mission (with Norma Cook Everist, 2008), Many Members, yet One Body (2004), and Give Us This Day: A Lutheran Proposal for Ending World Hunger (Lutheran Voices, 2003).

Table of Contents

How to Use This Bookp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Basic Elements of a Theology of the Congregationp. 1
Kerygma, Koin&obar;nia, Diakoniap. 2
From Identity to Mission and Back Againp. 6
Grounded in Liturgy of Word and Sacramentp. 10
First, Listenp. 15
Congregational Storyp. 16
Cultural Storyp. 18
Biblical Storyp. 23
Trinitarian Mission: The Sending of the Son in the Power of the Spiritp. 29
Jesus and the Kingdom of Godp. 30
Living Word of Gospelp. 33
From Proclamation to Paraenesisp. 36
Worship: Imagining the Kingdomp. 41
In the Name of...p. 42
Eucharistic Dramap. 45
"Go in Peace; Serve the Lord"p. 49
Prayer: Your Kingdom Come!p. 57
Leading the People of God in Prayerp. 58
Let Us Pray For...p. 61
Lord, Teach Us to Pray!p. 65
Education: Making Disciplesp. 69
Arcane Disciplinep. 70
Saints Who Followedp. 76
Crossingsp. 78
Life in Community: Friends of the Crucifiedp. 83
The Meaning of Christian Friendshipp. 84
Egalitarian Communionp. 86
Pastor and Peoplep. 89
Stewardship: God Owns Everythingp. 97
Ownershipp. 98
Tithing: A Check on Idolatryp. 101
Caringp. 104
Evangelizing: Speaking the Kingdomp. 113
Unprecedented Diversity: Are We Ready to Be Changed?p. 114
Evangelizing Definedp. 117
Learning to Speak the Faithp. 121
Global Connections: The Church Catholicp. 127
Centrifugal Force of the Gospelp. 128
Beyond Nationalismp. 131
Global Connections in the Congregationp. 134
Ecumenism: That All May Be Onep. 141
Ecumenism as Apologeticsp. 142
Toward a Common Tablep. 145
In Service to God's Worldp. 150
Social Ministry: Striving for Justice and Peace in All the Earthp. 155
Social Service and Social Advocacyp. 156
The Critical Mass: Three Prioritiesp. 160
Congregational Praxisp. 164
Conclusion: "One Long Epiclesis"p. 169
Name Indexp. 173
Subject Indexp. 175
Scripture Indexp. 177
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