E-lert

September 2012

Renew 52: Revitalization is only an e-book away!

It isn't very often that a book can change the church. Yes, ideas can shape lives, even change practices. But when was the last time a book changed your congregation?

The Spirit is moving in exciting ways. We are on the cusp of exciting, if unpredictable, renewal. In spite of the well-documented story of mainline decline, there is a lot of growth, a lot of potential and a lot of hope in our congregations.

"Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50" is a free e-book, edited by David Lose, the Marbury E. Anderson Chair of Biblical Preaching. The book features short essays from 54 Christian leaders in 15 different traditions. The authors are guided by the conviction that congregations are the primary place where the Spirit is at work for the renewal of the church. Pick one or read them all--and revitalize your congregation.

Each of the authors featured in this e-book has experienced challenges and setbacks, but each has also learned from those and continues to dream, work, plan and lead. And this book pulls together more than 50 of their best ideas for congregational renewal.

"It was tremendous fun working with incredibly creative and well-respected authors who care enough about the church to work on this for free. We hope people will not only download and read it, but that they'll pass it on to their friends," said David Lose, who edited the e-book.

Visit Renew 52 today and download your free e-book for the iPad, Kindle and Nook. A PDF version will be available for download Oct. 1.