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Renew 52 ebook

50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation

Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50 is a free ebook that features 52 short essays from 54 Christian leaders in 15 different traditions. In this 2012 collection, edited by David J. Lose (former Vibrant Congregations Project grant director and Luther Seminary faculty member), authors were guided by the conviction that congregations are the primary place where the Spirit is at work for the renewal of the church.

From the introduction by David J. Lose:
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 as well.

Each of the authors in this ebook has had her or his share of 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 fifty of their best ideas for congregational renewal.

Pick one or read them all—and revitalize your congregation.

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Renew 52 Contributors

Click on a name below to see an excerpt from these authors:

Author information was updated as of the date of publication (2012). Author profiles may not reflect author's current employment or location.

Eric Barreto

Kate Blanchard

Nadia Bolz-Weber

Kurt Borgmann

Dan Bredberg

Theresa Cho

Adam J. Copeland

Wayne E. Croft

Lillian Daniel

Keri Day

Nathan Dungan

David L. Everett

David Gambrell

Kenyatta Gilbert

Sara Hayden

Christopher Henry

Jodi Houge

Terrance Jacob

Rolf Jacobson

Sandhya Jha

Verity A. Jones

Tony Jones

Salim Kaderbhai

Karoline Lewis

David J. Lose

Ronnie McBrayer

Joy L. McDonald Coltvet

Meg Peery McLaughlin

Michael McLaughlin

Carol Howard Merritt

Joy Moore

Martha Moore-Keish

Roger S. Nam

Amy E. Orstad

Anjeanette Perkins

Christian Piatt

Rozella Poston

Russell Rathbun

Kathy Wolf Reed and Nick Reed

Amy Reeder Worley

Bruce Reyes-Chow

Peter Rollins

Kara Root

Andrew Root

Ryan Sato

Christian Scharen

Amy Thompson Sevimli

Jeffrey Small

Alan Storey

Adam Thomas

Deanna A. Thompson

Daryl Thul

Peter Walker

Sarah Walker Cleaveland

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Brought to you by Luther Seminary's Vibrant Congregations Project, with funding by the Lilly Endowment.

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