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Rethinking the Church: A Challenge to Creative Redesign in an Age of Transition Paperback – July 1, 2003
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"This book is a rich blend of thoughtful, biblical reflection and hands-on experience. It will make an enormous contribution to the lives of those who believe that the local church is the hope of the world."
"Jim White has done it again. I heartily recommend this book."
About the Author
James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He holds M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary and has completed advanced graduate study at Vanderbilt University and continuing education at the University of Oxford, England. White is also an adjunctive professor of Christian Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the author of several books, including A Search for the Spiritual and Life Defining Moments. He and his wife, Susan, have four children.
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To lead the reader through rethinking the areas of ministry listed below in order to assist the reader with bringing about change from the rethinking.
The book is divided into 8 chapters: “Rethinking”…
The foundational questionsEvangelismDiscipleshipMinistryWorshipStructureCommunityFrom rethinking to change
Rethinking is defined as “the radical redesign of church processes for dramatic improvement in the fulfillment of the church’s purposes and mission”. The author identifies the most important word in the definition of “rethinking” as “process”. By process he means “a complete end to end set of activities that together fulfill the purposes and mission of the church”. The exercise of rethinking, measuring and judging our “processes” is a needed one. I recommend this book to the pastor that sees the need for this exercise and is willing to pay the price to carry out that exercise. Instead of rethinking our processes churches have been focused on repairing their church. Peter Drucker stated “there is a great difference between increasing efficiency-which is doing things right-and effectiveness, which is doing the right things”.
Who will benefit?
The pastor and his leadership team then the congregation and community once the exercise is implemented.
How will they benefit?
It will serve as a guide and instructional tool for rethinking every aspect of your ministry. It will help the leaders to “rethink why they do what they do the way they do it”.
Where does it fit in the process?
At the front end of your ministry design process.
Based on his experience of starting a church that reaches lost people, White delineates questions that need to be asked by every church. Even though the book was written in 1997, I found the questions to be accurate today. The questions White leads the reader to ask in the areas of Purpose/Vision, Evangelism, Discipleship, Ministry, Worship, Leadership Structure, and Community seem to me to be timeless questions. The value of answering these questions honestly and applying the answers thoroughly cannot be overstated.
When reading this book, the discerning reader will understand the style of worship used in White's church. The beauty of it all is that White does not try to force the worship style of his church upon the reader's church. However, he does stress the importance of using a worship style that is relevant to the lost people in your community.
I would recommend this book to everyone in church leadership. It will help you to understand the context in which you minister, and, hopefully, how to minister better in that context.