A New and Right Spirit: Creating an Authentic Church in a Consumer Culture by Rick Barger Herndon, VA

Review: “The forms of an old church are passing away, but the new church is in bud, a church that, if Barger is taken seriously, isn’t so much an invention as an inventory of the ancient and authentic church. This old-new church is being built by a few DNA diggers, discoverers, and dreamers. Rick Barger is one of those few who show us how to be part of the digging and dreaming.” (Leonard Sweet)

Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith by Diana Butler Bass

Diana Butler Bass has debunked the myth that the only churches that are growing are Evangelical and Pentecostal. … I recommend this well-researched and well-0written book to all who care about the transformation of churches (Jim Wallis, author of God’s Politics)

Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening by Diana Butler Bass

Bass explains how experience, connection, and service are replacing theology as keys to the next Great Awakening. It’s a fascinating story. (Bill McKibben, author of Earth and founder of

The Other 80 Percent: Turning Your Church's Spectators into Active Participants by Scott Thumma and Warren Bird

In this practical resource, well-known and respected researcher Scott Thumma and professional co-writer Warren Bird draw upon new and heretofore unpublished research across a broad range of Protestant churches of all sizes and show how to create more active members. … This book offers advice for moving church members from being spectators to living a life of discipleship and faith.

Pathway to Renewal: Practical Steps for Congregations by Daniel P. Smith, Mary K. Sellon

Pathway to Renewal offers pastors and congregational leaders a framework for understanding and addressing the deep cultural shift facing the people of a congregation during congregational renewal.

Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement by Will Mancini

Mancini believes that all churches need not be megachurches. The author, who has worked alongside Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans and others, helps leaders focus on their own unique cultures and congregational fingerprints. Once churches grasp that they are one-of-a- kind — much like galaxies, fossils, DNA and sandbanks — they can then unleash their full potential, Mancini writes.

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