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Not many of us seek to live on the "edge" of anywhere, but George Thompson invites congregations not only to find the edge but to move toward it with courage and intentionality. The edge of "empathetic marginality" calls leaders and churches to risk comfort and security in order to engage the world with a transforming vision of the gospel. --Marcia Barnes Bailey, Author, Choosing Partnership, Sharing Ministry: A Vision for New Spiritual Community

Drawing from his fine scholarship and his lifetime of church experience, George Thompson has the ability to translate theoretical concepts into the practical realities of congregational life. --Lovett H. Weems, Jr., Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary

The local church needs momentum as it moves forward into the twenty-first century. This book creates that momentum as it helps address difficult questions, chart fresh directions, and respond with theological integrity to a church that is finding itself on the margins. --Roy M. Terry IV, Pastor, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Naples, Florida

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George B. Thompson, Jr., is Associate Professor of Church Administration at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. He holds a Ph.D. from the Chicago Theological Seminary and the Claremont School of Theology. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister and the author of several books, including Alligators in the Swamp: Power, Leadership, and Ministry.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566993482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566993487
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Skeep on January 30, 2014
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Companion to George Thompson's "How to Get Along with Your Pastor," this book utilizes an excellent framework (grid) to assist the pastor and church staffer to understand why and how a congregation does what it does and doesn't do what you would like them to do. Not simply identifying where you are but assist you in seeing how to shift from an "inward conventionality" (his words) to an "empathetic serving marginal" church (his words). It is not gobbledygook, it is a practical structure easy to comprehend and use. Would be great reading for a Church Leadership Retreat. Outstanding, 5 Star.
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