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Organizing Church

Grassroots Practices for Embodying Change in Your Congregation, Your Community, and Our World

Tim Conder Daniel Rhodes

141 pages
Chalice Press
The 21st century is the age of community organizing, from rallies in the streets to online movements for change. What if congregations embraced community organizing? Organizing Church offers a unique perspective that blends proven principles of community organizing and research on socially active congregations into a formula that will revitalize and empower churches as change-agents. Seasoned pastors and community activists Tim Conder and Dan Rhodes will help pastors and other church leaders build healthier congregations, create a deep culture of discipleship in their community, and respond to the challenges presented by the global culture of the 21st century. Organizing Church is the essential field guide for joining the social justice movement today.
Author Bio

Tim Conder is the founding pastor of Emmaus Way in Durham, NC. As an organizer, he has worked with the Clergy Caucus and Strategy Team for Durham CAN and Metro IAF, and was one of the founding leaders of EmergentVillage. Tim's writing includes The Church in Transition: The Journey of Existing Churches into the Emerging Culture and contributions to The Emergent Manifesto of Hope and Pastoral Work (on the life of Eugene Peterson).

Dan Rhodes is Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Justice and Faculty Coordinator of Contextual Education at the Institute of Pastoral Studies of Loyola University Chicago. His work centers on political theology, broad-based community organizing, ecclesiology, critical theory, globalization, sovereignty and governance, peace studies, and more. Dan is currently the editor-in-chief of The Other Journal, a position he has held since 2011. He co-pastored Emmaus Way in Durham with Tim Conder. He currently lives in Evanston, IL with his wife, Elizabeth, and two spirited daughters.

Organizing Church is the second book from Tim Conder and Dan Rhodes; Free For All: Rediscovering the Bible in Community was published in 2009.