United Church of Christ Resources

Designing Contemporary Congregations:

Strategies to Attract Those Under Fifty  

Laurene Beth Bowers  

Designing Contemporary Congregations:

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
ISBN-13: 978-0829817898
Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 8.3 inches

Purchase this product

Suggested Retail:



Your Discounted Price:



This item can only be ordered online within the United States. For all orders outside of the USA, please call Toll Free 800-537-3394, or Fax 216-736-2206.

More popular items for you . . .

  • Sex and the Spirit
  • Prayers from Chautauqua
  • Queer Clergy:  A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism
  • OMG
  • This is How We Begin
  • Hot Dogs and Hamburgers
  • Bless This Home
  • Unofficial Handbook of the UCC
  • Ecclesiastes Bible Study
  • Shine
  •  The Gospel According to the Wiz:  And Other Sermons from Cinema
  • I Refuse to Preach a Boring Sermon
  • What Church Leaders Need To Know
  • Living Faith
  • God Is Still Speaking: 365 Daily Devotionals
  • Through a Different Lens: Transformative and Spiritual Power in Movies
  • The Dancing Stones:  26 Children's Sermons with Activities
  • From the Psalms to the Cloud:  Connecting to the Digital Generation
  • Preach
  • Rainbow It's Just Love
Short Sleeve Tee Shirt
  • Long Sleeve Button Down - Adult Shirt
God is Still Speaking
  • Grow, Proclaim, Serve
  • Those Sisters Can Preach
  • Living Book of Daily Prayer, The: Morning and Evening
  • Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice: An Introduction
  • Growing Older, Thinking Younger - Ministry With Boomers
  • Give Me Strength: Personal Prayers for School Teachers
  • God's Blue Earth: Teaching Kids to Celebrate the Sacred Gifts of Water
  • How Can We Thank You
  • Girlfriends: Exploring Women's Relationships in the Bible width=
  • They Like to Never Quit Praisin' God: The Role of Celebration in Preaching, (Revised and Updated)
  • For Every Season Reflective Liturgies for Worship
  • I Do
  • The Book of Jeremiah: The Life and Ministry of Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.
  • Did God Abandon Us? Helping Small Churches Heal
  • Unexpected Grace - Preaching Good News from Difficult Texts
  • Sing
  • Affirming Faith
  • Stoles
  • Worm Watching
  • Touch Holiness
  • 52 Ways - Youth
  • My Confirmation
  • Bad Girls of the Bible
  • Faith Practices
  • Finding God in the Graffiti
  • Waterbugs and Dragonflys Coloring Book
  • Bibles
  • The New Century Hymnal
  • Curriculum
  • Book of Worship
  • Before You Die