Renewing our vows to the neighborhood: purpose, pitfalls and possibilities

Full Title
Renewing our vows to the neighborhood: purpose, pitfalls and possibilities
Author
Blaine C Newhouse
Abstract
The conviction that inspires this project is that God desires to see all churches prevail. Unfortunately, churches in transitioning neighborhoods struggle predictably with how best to respond to the unique challenges and opportunities presented by changing demographics. The project grows out of the experiences of a local congregation, Calvary Reformed Church, Holland, Michigan over an eight year period. This project shows that is is possible/preferable for an established congregation to embrace a community undergoing economic, ethnic or cultural change. Central to this process is a commitment to respond proactively to change while people, financial and spiritual resources are in greater supply - to implement a thoughtful and strategic plan to leverage these resources and remain a positive kingdom presence in the community.
Degree Granting Institution
Advisor
Jaco Hamman
Paul M Smith
Language
English
Date
2006
Number of Pages
139
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