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Breaking the Rules – Growing a Mainline Church (AM-612)

In an age when most of the news for the mainline church is bad, there are bright spots of renewal and growth.  Why are some progressive churches growing in conservative cultures?  One common denominator seems to be that they are breaking the rules of  “accepted wisdom” of their denominational culture and violating the expectations of their sociological settings.  This entrepreneurial approach to church can be replicated if leadership is willing to learn new skills and reinvent their approach to ministry.  In this course we will assume the student has had adequate academic preparation and we will take a skills-based approach to topics such as marketing, fund-raising, worship, managing structures and systems, practicing radical inclusion, and celebrating genuine diversity.  Churches with entrepreneurial leaders have bright futures, but this liberating hope requires leaders who will break out of their own assumptions about how to lead.  Those may be the toughest rules to break.

If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.


Summer 2014

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