Looking in the Mirror: Self-Appraisal in the Local Church by Lyle E. Schaller

By Lyle E. Schaller

'... a conceptual framework for church self-appraisal that may be a key consider picking out that truth and overcoming the passivity that blights such a lot of congregations today...' from the again disguise.

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In other words, the homogeneous unit principle of church growth does apply to legalistic and ideological congregations, but has more limited relevance to the growth potential of the congregation that is predominantly a behavioral church. A widespread illustration of this point is the Charismatic Renewal Movement. The presence of self-identified charismatic Christians in the behavioral congregation rarely turns out to be divisive. There are hundreds of examples, however, in which the charismatic movement has been divisive in an ideological or legalistic church.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Organization originally was organized on adversarial principles. ) By contrast, it is assumed here that the emergence of adversary relationships tends to undermine the role of the organization created to advance a cause. Not everyone in the churches, however, agrees10 with this second assumption! Illustrations of the negative impact of adversary relationships in the organization created to advance a cause include the Protestant Reformation, the strikes by university professors against the administration,11 work stoppages by physicians to protest the policies of the administration of a hospital, the "fragging" of American army officers in Vietnam, and the withholding of benevolent funds by a congregation from denominational headquarters.

The opening paragraphs of this chapter offered a brief glimpse of these four categories. To help you place your congregation in one of these categories, it will be necessary to look at each group in more detail. The First-Person Church In the first-person congregation the Bible often is read from a theocentric perspective that identifies God both as creator and redeemer. The New Testament references to "Israel" usually are interpreted as referring to all of God's creation. There is a repeated emphasis on trusting that God is at work in his world and that he is in control today.

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