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By Lyle E. Schaller

Written for either lay and ordained congregational leaders, this well timed ebook diagnoses the motives of church passivity, and formulates a mode for combatting the matter. Dr. Schaller classifies church buildings in keeping with their inner dynamics (rather than denomination or geographical location), and demonstrates what number have triumph over the "twenty-year syndrome" - that awkward time whilst rather new church buildings are likely to lose their feel of course. He additionally exhibits how church buildings could make a soft transition from one pastor to a different, and the way new participants can be utilized in developing a good church application.

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In its most destructive form this syndrome includes the reference to what is perceived as a fixed date, but when that day begins to draw near, the references are changed to a later date The empire-builder is reluctant to surrender control of his empire, and the members, as they grow weary of trying to keep track of that moving target, simply surrender. In other cases, the minister, who fears that the rising tide of discontent with his ministry may produce a crisis before that retirement date is reached, immobilizes the congregation by a formal announcement with a stated date, but that date is three or four years down the road.

The externally created crisis may have such clear visibility that it forces the congregation to redefine its role. In other words, the external change that contributed to the obsolescence of the old role may be the stimulus that sparks the definition of a new role. The sixth, and one of the most effective, but least common, responses by a congregation to the need to redefine its role may come as the result of a visit by several leaders to a similar type congregation in another community. The leaders go and visit this congregation.

While it is comparatively rare, an interesting source of passivity is the "tenant church syndrome. " This condition may be found in some of those congregations that do not hold title to their meeting place, do not intend to build, and do not feel under any pressure to have their own meeting place. Sometimes it is a small inner-city congregation that has lost its meeting place because of a fire and believes it cannot rebuild. Sometimes it is a large and comparatively well-to-do congregation meeting in a university student center.

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