Church Turned Inside Out : A Guide for Designers, Refiners, and Re-Aligners

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-10-19
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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A practical, creative guide for planting or redesigning a church and developing leadersWritten by Linda Bergquist and Allan Karr, two experienced church planters and mentors/teachers, Church Turned Inside Out offers church leaders a new way to think about how their churches are run. Taking cues from the world of business and offering a multi-disciplined and leading-edge approach, the authors stress the importance of incorporating the design process when establishing a new church or planning the ongoing future of an established church. This groundbreaking book also includes ideas for becoming a more effective church leader. Offers a practical perspective and a multi-disciplinary approach to establishing a new church or running an existing one Includes important lessons for nurturing church leadership skills Shows how to honor a church's purpose while embracing its unique culture Contains a wealth of illustrative models, examples, charts, and other visual aides

Author Biography

Linda Bergquist has been a church planter and church planting teacher for twenty-five years. She also has experience in the area of church consultations and urban ministry to the poor and assists her husband, who is a ministry center director in the Lower Haight district of San Francisco.

Allan Karr is currently an associate professor of missional/church planting at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and a practitioner of church planting and community development. Allan has also served for ten years as a national missionary of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.


The mission of Leadership Network identifies and connects innovative church leaders, providing them with resources in the form of new ideas, people, and tools. Contact Leadership Network atwww.leadnet.org.

Table of Contents

Figures and Tablesp. ix
About Leadership Networkp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
The Once and Future Churchp. 1
Acknowledging Selfp. 17
Cultivating Communityp. 33
Patterns That Honor Godp. 51
Designing Around Beliefsp. 67
Releasing Communitasp. 79
Designing in Culturep. 95
Embracing Culturep. 113
A Palette of Modelsp. 125
Discovering Congruencyp. 145
Organizing by Designp. 159
A New Way of Organizingp. 177
Notesp. 191
Acknowledgmentsp. 201
About the Authorsp. 205
Indexp. 207
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