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The Congregation in a Secular Age


Keeping Sacred Time Against the Speed of Modern Life (Ministry in a Secular Age #3)

By Andrew Root

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Academy of Parish Clergy 2022 Top Ten Book for Parish Ministry

Churches often realize they need to change. But if they’re not careful, the way they change can hurt more than help.

Leading practical theologian Andrew Root offers a new paradigm for understanding the congregation in contemporary ministry. He articulates why congregations feel pressured by the speed of change in modern life and encourages an approach that doesn’t fall into the negative traps of our secular age.

Living in late modernity means our lives are constantly accelerated, and calls for change in the church often support this call to speed up. Root asserts that the recent push toward innovation in churches has led to an acceleration of congregational life that strips the sacred out of time. Many congregations are simply unable to keep up, which leads to burnout and depression. When things move too fast, we feel alienated from life and the voice of a living God.

The Congregation in a Secular Age calls congregations to reimagine what change is and how to live into this future, helping them move from relevance to resonance.

This is the third book in Root’s Ministry in a Secular Age series.

Part 1: Depressed Congregations

Part 2: Examining Congregational Despondency; Our Issue Is Time

Part 3: Moving from Relevance to Resonance

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