Recreating the Church: Leadership for the Postmodern Age
From The Columbia Partnership (TCP) Leadership Series
Mainline denominations in the United States are in crisis. These institutions-created in and for modernity-are now facing a changed, postmodern culture. Hamm faces the crisis, examining its origins, and offers sound advice on how to lead to church to make the adaptive changes needed to thrive in postmodern times.
"Dick Hamm asks an essential—and deeply faithful—question of the church: Where are we going? Then, through analysis and insight into both past and future, and with an unwavering commitment to the mission of the church, Hamm points us in the right directions, where God’s Spirit is at work, where lives are being transformed and communities are finding healing and hope. It’s a road map all of us in the mainline church should have…and a journey we all ought to be joining."
—Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, General Secretary, Reformed Church in America
"The ‘perfect storm’ in mainline denominations has stirred a need for deep change. Dick Hamm clarifies the factors that make up the ‘storm’ and gives us a clear view of how the church has lived through its history in a way that has contributed to the present status of the mainline church. In this text, he helps us see where we’ve been and gets us headed out of ‘the storm’ and into a readiness for change."
—Dani Loving Cartwright, regional minister and president, Christian Church (DOC)
“Church leaders in all settings will find some of the things he has to say difficult to accept, but few will question his wisdom or his love for the church and its leaders."
—Bill McKinney, President, Pacific School of Religion
“I am thrilled that he has now submitted this wisdom to print so it can be shared with a wider audience of those seeking to renew our mainline churches, whether in congregations, regional bodies or national denominations. I commend Recreating the Church to all who believe that God does indeed have an important future for mainline North American Churches.”
—Clifton Kirkpatrick, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)