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Louis B. Weeks is President Emeritus of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, and is the author or editor of twelve books on Presbyterianism and mainstream Protestantism.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Geneva Press (June 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664503195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664503192
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This book is loaded with anecdotes, which I suppose are meant to inspire one to try similar activities in one's own congregation. The writing is academic and a bit stiff in places. Each chapter closes with a set of study questions, but this book provides few answers. I borrowed it from our presbytery library, and I'm glad I did. As a leader in my congregation, I felt a duty to read it. But I'm glad I didn't spend money on it. The early chapters on Presbyterian identity and culture and the description of the "new Presbyterian ecology" were helpful, but from there the book kind of coasts.

The subtitle, "What's working and why," is half right. Weeks gives many examples of churches doing things right, but offers little analysis as to why some programs work and others don't, or why some churches flourish while others die. There are few "action items," by which I mean key takeaways that a church leader can implement. It's one thing to show a congregation with a successful ministry, and another to explain what another congregation would need to do to replicate those results.

One characteristic of this book struck me as odd. The author notes that this new Presbyterian ecology he's studying "employs digital technology and social media more than printed and published literature." Yeah. More than. Direct quote. But this book is NOT, so far as I could discover, available in any digital format.

UPDATE: The book is now available for Kindle. This is the first title published by Geneva Press I've seen on Kindle. Hopefully there will be many more!
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By rdt on June 20, 2013
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Good if you want one persons view of "what's happening now ". But will it be true next year, and is it really what's happening in all of the churches or just some? Roll with the tide or fight it?
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The case studies in this book will enable congregations not to have to "reinvent the wheel."

The Sunday School class actively discussed each chapter.

William M. Harris
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