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Re-Pitching the Tent: Re-Ordering the Church Building for Worship and Mission Paperback – July 1, 2000


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers; Rev Exp edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814627099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814627099
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ronald A. McCreery on May 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Re-pitching the Tent, reordering the church building for worship and mission" is not just a good book for those who want to re-design, or design, their worship space - it's a great book. Written by an Englishman, Richard Giles, it is primarily for liturgical churches, but can be used by any worshipping Christian community. It is liberally illustrated with many color pictures and written in an open, sprightly, and sometimes bitingly observant manner. Our church, an Episcopal Church, is using it to re-evaluate our worship space. A member of the committee charged with leading this re-evaluation said in a recent meeting that she hated reading religious books, books on architecture, and books on church history. She went on to say that this book fit all three categories and was absolutely fantastic, and that every member of the congregation should read it! If you fit the re-evaluation category, get it. You won't regret this great process in re-pitching your worship space!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Fr. Robert F. Lyons on May 7, 2002
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Richard Giles' "Re-Pitching the Tent" will be a read that is very intimidating to the traditional Anglican/Catholic/Lutheran who is used to (and attached to!) the traditional Sanctuary, Chancel, Choir, Nave arrangement of our Churches. The Parish I pastor meets in a small space, so making the most of what we have is important. Giles shows us through his insight ways of making your space count, and how to arrange for worship in such a manner that we express a theology that highlights the participation of the people of the Congregation while still having a very distinct president of the Assembly to lead the Liturgy.
Not all traditionalists will find themseves warming to his ideas at once, but I think, when they compare this book to the modes of the early Church, they may well find some use for the author's suggestions. I know our parish did!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. McFarland on July 1, 2009
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As an architect involved in the design of sacred spaces, I am extraordinarily disappointed. "Re-ordering" should be replaced by Dis-ordering". Insufficient appreciation of liturgical forms veiled behind an appeal to primitivism is an old and not very sustainable saw.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maggie on November 23, 2010
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Helpful to all churches or religious groups interested in looking at their buildings and worship with new eyes,and a vision of attacting new members. It addresses ways of re-organizing the building you have or looking to a new space that may be more efficient and useful for worship today. Certainly gives the reader lots to think about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Sturge on September 27, 2010
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I first used this book in connection with a church reordering about 15 years ago. We are now ready to reorder again after major damage in the Christchurch NZ 4/9/2010 earthquake. The book was so good it has disappeared from the church library! I decided to purchase my own - it is as fresh and relevant today as it was then.
11/2011 - sad news - as a result of cntinued earthquake activity our historic stone church has been demolished. The tent we repitch will be very different.
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