• Out of This World: An Assessment of Christian Community

What does it take to make a church congregation a community that fully carries out its mission? What can be done to correct the problems of a dysfunctional community and encourage healthy discipleship? In Out of This World, Darren McClellan studies these questions, not with a purely theoretical approach but rather by studying a specific congregation in a specific situation, and letting the members and former pastors speak in their own words. He then looks at these views through the lenses of John Wesley and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

This is a thoroughly researched, hard hitting, and honest examination of ministry, looking particularly at the structures of the United Methodist Church. There are specific recommendations for Bishops, District Superintendents, newly appointed pastors, and congregational leadership.

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  • Review by John Meunier
    Take away:
    I imagine this book would be a useful and interesting centerpiece of a practical theology class for seminarians, provisional clergy, or licensed pastors. It provides enough detail about one clergy killing congregation to provide much opportunity for fruitful classroom or small group discussion. Conversely, I could see conference cabinets benefiting from engagement with McClellans research findings and his suggestions.
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ISBN10 1-893729-92-3
ISBN13 978-1-893729-92-6

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