The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Energizing your church

Do you know who your congregation is? Finding out is the first step in moving forward.

Vital congregations know who they are. They understand their identity. On the other hand, churches wallowing aimlessly along --or those stuck in debilitating conflict--just might revitalize themselves by reclaiming the symbols that best express their identity.

Those conclusions are central in Carl S. Dudley's book, Energizing the Congregation: Images That Shape Your Church's Ministry (Westminster/ John Knox Press, 1993). Dudley, professor of church and community at the non-denominational Hartford [Conn.] Seminary, co-authored the book with Sally A. Johnson, his colleague at the Center for Church and Community Ministries, Chicago.

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