There were many attempts to revitalize churches in the past decennia e.g. Rick Warren’s Purpose-driven movement, Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek and Global Leadership Summit, and worship-oriented mega-churches like Hillsong and Bethel. Rather than copying popular culture in churches, reverend Douglas Hill makes a case for generating a culture as a church that is founded on Jesus Christ the cornerstone and is breathing life into the community around it.
A strategic reimagining of a local church’s vision and next steps to contribute to the mission of the Church, in general, has been commissioned by Jesus, is illustrated with Hill’s own ministerial life in Lutheran churches in the United States. His integration of theory and practice brings a set of applicable insights and advice to avoid pitfalls. One of the distinguishing concepts is an anchor church, a strong and robust mothership that can serve struggling congregations within the same denomination, group of churches, or neighborhood in their quest for renewal and sustainable growth. Cultural Architecture: A Path to Creating Vitalized Congregations may benefit church planters, congregational leaders, practical theologians, and students in organizational development.
About the author
Rev. Dr. Douglas A. Hill is lead pastor of Abiding Hope Church in Littleton, Colorado. He has served in ordained ministry for over twenty-five years in various settings. He currently serves on the Executive Team of the ELCA Larger Church network and is an innovator of the Anchor Church movement within the ELCA’s Division for Domestic Mission. Hill is often enlisted to speak at events, seminaries, conferences, and congregations regarding congregational vitality.
I received a free advanced review copy from the published through Edelweiss in exchange for my personal, unbiased opinion upon reading.