Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations
Reviewed by the Rev. Tom Berlin

How can churches today be as vital as the early Christian communities described in the Book of Acts? How can we reclaim the fruitful piety of the early Methodists? Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, a new book by United Methodist Bishop Robert Schnase, describes five foundational practices to help congregations be fruitful in ministry to their members and in service to the world.

The book’s goal is to help congregational leaders examine their ministries and assess church practices. But it is much more than detached ministry evaluation. Schnase invites readers to consider what life is like to those entering church for the first time – a challenge to those of us who cut our teeth as infants on the back pew of the church. He helps us see the church through the eye of the visitor or new member, pushing us to remember what life was like before we first felt the comfortable embrace of the church.

Analyzing the basic building blocks of congregational life, Schnase goes on to define the key practices of fruitful congregations. These practices include:

  1. Radical hospitality – the active desire to bring people to Christ and his church
  2. Passionate worship – fresh encounters with God that transform lives
  3. Intentional faith development – learning together in community
  4. Risk-taking mission and service – an outward focus that changes the world and invigorates the church
  5. Extravagant generosity – sharing that exceeds all expectations

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I will be adding this to my fall reading list. Have a blessed Day!!!!!!!!!

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