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When committees are redesigned to function as communities, meetings become more productive, group members start looking forward to serving, and the overall spirit of the church begins to improve.
If your church is looking for a fresh, more effective way to accomplish its goals, change your outlook by making groups of people into communities.
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EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. There are two groups of people in your church. Those who do most of the work (they run the programs, organize the activities, staff the committees), and those who thrive on relational activities (small groups, social get-togethers, etc.) The workers keep things running smoothly, but often at their own expense. Feeling used, burned out, and unappreciated, they wonder why more people aren't "committed" to the church. Relational members, on the other hand, provide much of the warm, community atmosphere that can make people feel at home in a church, but they typically shy away from formal, task-oriented responsibilities (often to the chagrin of the first group!) However, when committees are redesigned to function as communities, wonderful changes begin to take place. Meetings become more productive, group members start looking forward to serving, and the overall spirit of the church begins to improve. So if your church is looking for a fresh, more effective way to accomplish its goals, let Roberta Hestenes show you how in Turning Committees into Communities. It's the best way to demonstrate the ministry of the church, while also carrying out the ministry of the church.About the Author:
Author, educator and speaker, The Rev. Dr. Roberta Hestenes is an ordained Presbyterian minister serving presently as teaching pastor at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville, CA in addition to teaching for Fuller Theological Seminary and lecturing nationally and internationally. She has been significantly involved with World Vision, an international partnership of Christians engaged in relief and development work in the developing world, as a board member, moderator, chair of the International Board, and most recently as Minister-at-Large focused on spiritual formation among WV staff around the world. For 10 years she served as the president of Eastern College, now University, in Pennsylvania. Educated at UCSB, the University of Washington and Fuller Theological Seminary, she is the author or co-author of 7 books, numerous articles and book chapters, has 1 earned and 5 honorary doctorates. She has traveled and lectured in more than 60 countries around the world. Her husband John and Roberta recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary.
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