One of the reasons the traditional church is still struggling to attract the postmodern generation (between 20 and 50 years of age) is because it also needs to be a contemporary congregation — in touch with culture and its current trends. In Designing Contemporary Congregations: Strategies to Attract Those Under Fifty, Bowers identifies strategies to contemporize worship, fellowship, evangelism, social justice, rituals, and equipping the disciples for ministry. She discusses how each of these functions should produce a karmic balance of spiritual energy. Borrowing concepts from global religions and the new age movement, Bowers puts a new twist on blending contemporary and traditional ways of being “church.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR of Designing Contemporary Congregations: Strategies to Attract Those Under Fifty
Laurene Beth Bowers is pastor of First Congregational Church in Randolph, Massachusetts. She earned her M.Div. and D.Min. from Andover Newton School of Theology. She is the author of Becoming a Multicultural Church (The Pilgrim Press, 2006), which won a Mayflower Award in 2007.
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: The Pilgrim Press
Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 8.3 inches