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October 2012

“Renew 52” revitalizing congregations across the country

Since its release on Sept. 19, our free e-book, "Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50" has been downloaded more than 3,600 times! 

"Renew 52" is a collection of essays, reflections and stories from a younger generation of church leaders who have gathered a wealth of experience to share as they have led their congregations through a time of rapid change. These writers communicate practical ideas with encouragement and hope.

Eager readers have been responding with their praise:
"For those of us who are blessed to serve, lead or just be the church in rapidly changing times, this book offers 54 ways to take heart. As a pastor who had to help a church close, and who has been very much in NOW WHAT? mode, I find it a wonderfully encouraging resource--full of practical suggestions and hopeful imagination." --The Rev. Kate Layzer, First Church in Cambridge, (Congregational, UCC), Cambridge, Mass.

"When you focus, study, listen, share and read about what the Spirit is doing to renew congregations, well, renewal starts happening to you! Fifty two-plus colleagues in ministry, all under the age of 50, sharing how the Spirit is renewing their churches. These nuggets of hope are explosive!" --President Richard Bliese, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

"I downloaded the free e-book of "Renew 52" and it is wonderful! I will encourage all of our folks with technology to download it, and I will be taking these essays to council, to committee leaders and to the congregation. Thank you for all the wonderful resources you make available. Your e-book and so much more that the Center for Biblical Preaching provides has blessed our congregation and me over and over." --Pastor Karen Jewell-vanBuskirk, St Andrew's Lutheran Church (ELCA), Oshkosh, Wis.

Read more about Renew 52 on our website, or download the free e-book from the Center for Biblical Preaching.

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