New PDF release: Center City Churches: The New Urban Frontier (Ministry for

By Lyle E. Schaller

A part of Abingdon's Ministry for the 3rd Millennium, a brand new sequence for church leaders. If 26 of America's forty biggest church buildings are within the middle urban, then city ministry is alive and good in North the United States. This e-book investigates high-performance church buildings that experience a missionary motivation and provides 30 routine issues to lead church leaders in developing and revitalizing the hot frontier.

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The new-member class received in January 1991 was the largest in memory, fifty-five, (a class of twenty six had been received in September), belying the assumption that heartland Iowans would not respond to a liberal presentation of the Christian gospel. Why Do People Join? A study was done of the two hundred adult members received (not including seventy Confirmation youth) from January 1990 to May 1991. Out of that total fifty came by transfer from other Des Moines churches, fifty had never joined any church, thirty-eight once belonged to some church but had become inactive, nineteen transferred from other UCC churches in Iowa and ten from out of state UCC churches.

In a special celebration service for which members were invited to send in reasons they were thankful for Plymouth, these representative comments were heard: "The music is so wonderful. " "I can be involved as I choose--no pressure--just opportunities. The pastors made hospital calls several times when our son was ill. My older son loves his church school. " "Because I am a lesbian, there are churches that have excluded me. For a long time I thought God was doing the excluding. Then I heard about Plymouth.

Congregations are the best pool for cells. We Do Utilize Television Americans spend more time watching television than they devote to reading. So we produce and sponsor a one-minute television spot that is televised over an Akron station four or five times weekly. We target the unchurched, who will watch one minute but not sixty or thirty! These spots become an opening for people to talk about the church. Many of our people are asked about or comment on the spots to their friends. These television spots are shown with the 6:00 evening news or with a national news program in the morning or a 10:00 evening program or on a Saturday afternoon sports program.

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