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by Margo A. Lebert,Mary C. McGuinness,Thomas A. Kleissler




Emphasizes the value of small communities and envisions the dynamic possibilities of a parish that places a pastoral emphasis on their development.
Download Small Christian Communities: A Vision of Hope for the 21st Century (2002 Edition) epub
ISBN: 0809141574
ISBN13: 978-0809141579
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Churches & Church Leadership
Author: Margo A. Lebert,Mary C. McGuinness,Thomas A. Kleissler
Language: English
Publisher: Paulist Pr; Revised, Updated edition (January 10, 2003)
Pages: 320 pages
ePUB size: 1897 kb
FB2 size: 1613 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Siratius
The book is concise and authoritative yet complete in explaining the reasons for forming small communities and providing examples on how to get started.
Mr_Jeйson
The three authors are all associated with RENEW International. The Introduction to this 1997 book states, "Small Christian communities are a source of great hope in the church today... [The book] focuses on the communitarian nature of church... as a means by which the gospel values of Jesus may be lived and proclaimed effectively... [it] is essentially a pastoral work intending to offer foundational concrete 'how to's' to facilitate healthy small community development. It is offered for all who are interested in exploring the possibilties of small communities within parish life. Basic theological, ecclesiological, scriptural, and sacramental concepts are drawn upon to the extent that they will be not only helpful but also necessary for sound and healthy spiritual growth." (Pg. 1)

They add, "Just as we, the authors, want the content of this book to be understood within the context of the larger church, so we also want its emphasis on small communities to be understood within the reality of parish life. While speaking of the value of small communities, we do not intend to make that value exclusive or to devaluate other experiences. However, if an imbalance exists today, it is probably that small Christian communities receive too little attention from parish leadership... [This book] points to the value of small communities and envisions the dynamic possibilities of a parish that places a pastoral emphasis on their development. It also offers various approaches to small community development along with many suggested 'how to' steps... Finally, it looks at the relationship of small communities to many other important aspects of parish life today." (Pg. 3)

They point out, "As we look at the experience of the early church we see that Jesus formed his disciples and sent them forth. After the Pentecost experience the community of disciples shared the good news as they traveled---preaching, baptizing, and gathering people together in small communities, meeting in homes. There they retold the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and reflected on its meaning. It was the household church that provided the basic structure of early Christian communities." (Pg. 9)

They observe, "In small communities people are free to speak about Jesus and about their faith. They gain courage to share their faith stories and witness to what the Spirit has done in their lives. Thus they are evangelized. In reaching out to serve a needy world, they themselves become evangelizers proclaiming the good news to others. Through this cyclical process they learn more about the faith they profess... The emergence of small Christian communities affirms clearly the vitality of the Catholic Church to adapt and to renew itself." (Pg. 31)

This book will be of great benefit to anyone (adn not just Catholics) interested in such small Christian communities.