Suggested Reading for Leaders: Community

  • Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition

This book offers a comprehensive overview of the theology behind hospitality in the Christian tradition.  Pohl sheds light on how the Church has developed over time and that the practice of hospitality shaped and continues to shape our identity in the world.  (see info for study guide here)

  • unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity… and Why It Matters

An analysis of research gathered by the Barna group about young people and their thoughts about the church, religion and what they see.

  • “Community: The Structure of Belonging”
“Modern society is plagued by fragmentation.. We know what healthy communities look like–there are many success stories out there, and they’ve been described in detail. What Block provides in this inspiring new book is an exploration of the exact way community can emerge from fragmentation: How is community built? How does the transformation occur? What fundamental shifts are involved? He explores a way of thinking about our places that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist and details what each of us can do to make that happen.” reposted from
  • “New Religions: A Guide:  New Religious Movements, Sects and Alternative Spiritualities”

This a reference book that is helpful in shaping conversations around interfaith issues and questions.  It has pictures and information that helps to start discussions and investigation of other faiths and traditions.

  • From Geography to Affinity: How Congregations Can Learn From One Another.

Schaller presents a discussion of how congregations can and do work together for the greater Mission of God.  It gives a picture of ecumenical partnership and the energy that can be found in working together.

  • “Living into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us”

“Every church, every organization, has experienced them: betrayal, deception, grumbling, envy, exclusion. They make life together difficult and prevent congregations from developing the skills, virtues, and practices they need to nurture sturdy and life-giving communities.”  Reposted from

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