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Real Good Church : How Our Church Came Back from the Dead, and Yours Can, Too
by Molly Phinney Baskette


Overview - "This is a practical manual of everything our church did," says author Molly Phinney Baskette, "to reverse our death spiral and become the healthy, stable, spirited and robust community it is today evident in the large percentage of children and young adults in our church, and a sixfold increase in pledged giving in the last decade."

Baskette, pastor of First Church Somerville UCC in the Boston area, strongly believes her church's strategies will work for any church, in any setting, regardless of denomination, demographics, and political landscape.  Read more...


 
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Overview
"This is a practical manual of everything our church did," says author Molly Phinney Baskette, "to reverse our death spiral and become the healthy, stable, spirited and robust community it is today evident in the large percentage of children and young adults in our church, and a sixfold increase in pledged giving in the last decade."

Baskette, pastor of First Church Somerville UCC in the Boston area, strongly believes her church's strategies will work for any church, in any setting, regardless of denomination, demographics, and political landscape. Here, in her new book, Real Good Church: How Our Church Came Back from the Dead, and Yours Can, Too, she shares everything her church did, addressing topics such as: outreach and growth strategies, finances and giving, creative worship, including personal testimony and corporate prayer, church conflict and change, anxiety and humor, and much more.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780829820027
  • ISBN-10: 0829820027
  • Publisher: Pilgrim Press
  • Publish Date: June 2014
  • Page Count: 228
  • Dimensions: 8.96 x 6.16 x 0.57 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds


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Books > Religion > Christian Church - Growth
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-08-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

With down-to-earth wisdom and humor, Baskette tells the story of how First Church Somerville, UCC transformed from a community of 35 worshippers on a financially dismal trajectory into a thriving, fiscally stable congregation four times that size in one decade. In twelve chapters with multiple subheadings Baskette, the congregation's pastor, addresses what worked and what didn't (the last chapter is entitled "Epic Failures"), covering how she and her church leadership addressed such issues as property, pastoral care, outreach, stewardship, conflict, and more. Whether the challenge relates to worship, finances, or Sunday School teachers, she advises church leaders to play the role of "Doomsday Pollyanna": communicating both urgent need for action and confidence in positive outcomes. Key themes get repeated mention: celebrate, bless everything, communicate an open and affirming welcome to people of all sexual orientations, spend money to grow. Sound, practical advice on everything from coffee hour to electronic giving, along with an appendix including recommended reading, sample job descriptions, liturgies, guest cards, and sermons makes this an invaluable, accessible resource for clergy and laity passionate about church revitalization. (July)

 
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