Help! My Church is Leaving Me
The expected ship date is May 25, 2019.
Help! My Church is Leaving Me
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130 page paperback. Introduction and nine chapters contributed by five authors and edited into a comprehensive resource by Bill Kemp. Each chapter contains small group discussion questions. The book is suitable for use by Pastor Parish Committees, Church Councils, Bible Study groups, Mission/Outreach/Evangelism teams, and any group discussing their congregation’s future.
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Now Available! - This 130page guide book for laity and clergy will have chapters written by Darrell Coats, Roger Grace, Joe Fort, Bill Kemp (editor), and Kathy Moore.
“Help! My Church is Leaving Me,” is written to help United Methodists understand what is happening in their church following the Special General Conference in Saint Louis. Articles written by transitional experts will help people listen to each other and restore unity in their local congregation. It will provide tools for making decisions and responding to the actions of the denomination. This is not a book seeking to change your mind about the issues. It is a book about restoring health to your congregation.
You may feel like a penguin on an ice flow drifting away from the fellowship you love. The question is not whether you are on solid ground and the church adrift, or vice versa. The question is:
How do you discern the will of God and learn to live compassionately in this moment?
This book takes the reader behind the scenes of the LGBTQ debate in the United Methodist Church. It teaches spiritual discernment, listening skills, and small group process while encouraging the differing sides of the issue to rediscover their unity in Christ. Designed to be understood by laity, the book recounts how we got here, what we value, and how each local church's decisions about this social issue impacts their ongoing mission and ministry. It also addresses the more advanced subject of what to do next if we are not comfortable with where the denomination is heading.
Help! My Church is Leaving Me, was completed shortly after the Special 2019 General Conference of the United Methodist Church. The concept has been to provide a timely tool box, so that congregations and clergy persons can begin to plan their next steps. Each of the five authors brings a particular expertise to the project, as well as a commitment to present their part with clarity, balance, and integrity. The book lends itself to small group study, with discussion questions highlighting the nine short chapters. Relevant cartoons, illustrations, quotations, and references for further reading are also provided. Further, updates will be provided quarterly as the denomination continues to adapt to its future.
This guidebook is also written to help your congregation rediscover its mission. Even in times of turmoil, God calls us to plan for the future and to redouble our efforts to grow towards spiritual maturity
Help! My Church is Leaving Me won’t provide all the answers or make everyone agree on these complex issues. It will, however, provide a thoughtful resource for getting people back on the same page. There will be tools for listening to each other, making decisions together, and accepting the uncertainty that comes with our current era.
Paperback: 130 Pages
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9997687-7-8