Organic Community: Creating a Place Where People Naturally Connect
ISBN: 0801065984
EAN13: 9780801065989
Language: English
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 9.00" L x 6.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview
The bestselling author of The Search to Belong addresses the forced dynamics of artificial small groups that churches seem too focused on developing and helps leaders create more natural congregational community environments.
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From the Back Cover Shaping environments where community emerges naturally Can you really create community through master plans and elaborate strategies? Sometimes, says Joseph Myers--but more often, lasting authentic connections occur organically within healthy environments. Organic Community offers you practical guidance for helping your church or organization create spaces where community naturally comes into being. Once again, Myers hits a home run. Organic Community calls us all--church and congregants alike--to honesty about our goals and then offers us sophisticated, efficacious, and grace-filled ways to realize them.--Phyllis Tickle, contributing editor in religion, Publishers Weekly Looking back on twenty-four years of church planting and pastoral ministry, I wish I had thoroughly digested Organic Community before I got started. It would have saved so much wasted energy--mine, and those whose lives I foolishly tried to 'master plan.' This is a book I will reread and widely recommend.--Brian McLaren, author, activist; brianmclaren.net If a classic is something that has never finished what it has to say, then this little gem is a 'classic.'--Leonard Sweet, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism, Drew Theological School; distinguished visiting professor, George Fox University; www.wikiletics.com Myers acknowledges that his is a different kind of how-to book. As much, or more, it is a how-not-to book that exposes fallacies inherent in common organizational policies and procedures, which are all the more destructive in organizations relying on volunteer efforts.--Ray Oldenburg, emeritus professor of sociology, the University of West Florida; author, The Great Good Place Joseph R. Myers is an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, and owner of FrontPorch, a consulting firm that helps churches, businesses, and other organizations promote and develop community. Author of The Search to Belong, Myers is also a founding partner of the communication arts group settingPace, based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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