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William H. Willimon - Bishop of the United Methodist Church, North Alabama Conference "For some time now Tony Robinson has been changing what we mainline Protestants talk about. In this book Tony furthers the conversation with clear, wise insights into how we can be a changed church. He enables us not only to change our talk but also to change our walk." Ken McFayden - Union Theological Seminary - PSCE "Changing the Conversation provides stimulating perspectives for church leaders working to renew and revitalize their congregations in a rapidly changing world. Tony Robinson has his finger on the pulse of the church and culture, is keenly aware of opportunities and challenges facing leaders in the midst of change, and develops his work on strong foundations within the Christian tradition and leadership theory. This text is a must-read for pastors, seminarians, lay leaders, and others who wish to participate in conversations for congregational renewal." Martin Copenhaver - Wellesley Congregational Church, Massachusetts "Tony Robinson has done it again. Building on his previous work, which many of us have found indispensable, he has written a book full of insight and wisdom. No one writing about church life today writes with more depth and perception. Robinson helps us understand what we are seeing in the current religious landscape and how we might respond faithfully. This is so much more than a "how to book. It is more useful than that." Louis Weeks - President Emeritus, Union Theological Seminary - PSCE "Tony Robinson's Changing the Conversation offers real help for pastors and other leaders of local congregations. A fine book, it will provoke discussion and, by God's grace, new zeal for the gospel. Perfect for seminarians who anticipate pastorates and for seminary continuing education events." Verlee A. Copeland - Union Church of Hinsdale, Illinois "Changing the Conversation provokes church leaders, clergy, and judicatories to engage in courageous work. With clarity and insight Robinson urges those who care about the church to discover a third way to vibrant faith and practice that transcends old polarities. Continuing the groundbreaking work begun in Transforming Congregational Culture, Robinson outlines ten essential conversations that can transform, deepen, and sustain the life of every congregation seeking a new heart."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (August 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802807593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802807595
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David M. Carter on July 3, 2011
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I have to disagree with the previous reviewer. This is a very good book to help both lay people and clergy begin understanding the current situation of our religious culture (N. America)and to begin exploring new ways to "do church" together for mainline Protestant congregations. This is mostly about changing the dynamics of current congregations and helping discover why "we're here" and what we should be doing about that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tobzilla on October 6, 2011
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I thought this book was excellent and we are planning to use it for an adult education class. There is a lot of information that I'm sure will help us in the way that we look at ourselves and how we fit into the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Trahan on March 14, 2013
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A thought-provoking book on the changing direction of churches in modern America. A must-read for congregations struggling to survive in today's world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristi A. Horner on April 22, 2014
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Our Church leadership read "Changing the Conversation" 3 1/2 years ago as a catalyst for change. It informed our change in governance, new Church leadership model. 3 1/2 years later our new Church leadership, commissions and committees are re-reading the book again as we embark on a strategic plan. I've read it twice and it contains so much good information ... a must-read for any congregation who wants to stay relevant in 2014 and beyond!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stillasoprano on October 22, 2012
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Congregations go through change on an ongoing basis. This book is a valuable resource for pastors and for congregational leaders with excellent discussion questions throughout each chapter to help guide their conversations around worship and purpose and ministering to the changing world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda T. May on August 25, 2014
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My church has recently gone through a difficult time, that resulted in a pastor's resignation. This book offered a tremendous amount of food for thought. This discussion may help me make a decision to stay or search elsewhere for my home church.
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A must-read for all church leaders. In fact, it will benefit anyone in any area of leadership. Leadership is built on relationships, which can only be established and maintained through communication. "Changing the Conversation" does a good job of explaining how to include everyone in the conversation. Robinson also makes clear that church leaders are meant to be spiritual leaders, not simply budget approvers. Unfortunately, this is a role church board members are not often familiar or comfortable with.
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Well written review of the place christianity stands in at this moment and day in contemplating its future as a viable help to humankind and its place in a universe evolving at a faster rate than we could possibly imagine. The question posed by this auther and the conversations suggested to christian leaders and congregations are on track with the evolving world of relevant progress. Anything less is retrogressive suicide for those claiming a christian way of life.
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