Adaptive Congregations: Finding Your Unique Identity and Purpose

Adaptive Congregations: Finding Your Unique Identity and Purpose

This resource list was developed to supplement the September 2014 workshop, Adaptive Congregations: Finding Your Unique Identity and Purpose, led by Karen Vannoy and John Flowers.

Nixon, Paul. I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church! Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 2007.
According to Nixon, God invites every church to thrive. He believes the future of mainline Protestant traditions in America is in the hands of pastors and leaders who must immediately make some critical choices, radically reframing the way they approach their ministry tasks. This book offers six choices every church leader, both clergy and lay, can make that will focus their energies and gifts toward creating new churches.

Schnase, Robert. Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2007.
Author Robert Schnase, Bishop of the Missiouri Confer-ence of the United Methodist Church, describes and il-lustrates five congregational practices that demonstrate congregational health, vitality and fruitfulness. The five practices are radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service and extravagant generosity. Chapters conclude with conversation questions and a suggested group activity for use with leadership groups.

Vannoy, Karen and John Flowers. Adapt to Thrive: How Your Church Must Identify Itself as a Unique Species, Modify Its Dysfunctional Behaviors, and Multiply Its Transformational Influence in Your Community. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2014.
Through stories from real churches and real people, Adapt to Thrive offers an engaging metaphor for the adaptive development of God's creation.

Vannoy, Karen and John Flowers. 10 Temptations of Church: Why Churches Decline and What To Do About It.Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2010.
Church after church faces eventual death while helplessly lamenting its fate. What perversity is at work that causes those who sincerely love the church to become obstacles to growth? This book outlines challenges and offers solutions for congregations.