Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition
by Christine D. Pohl (Link to Amazon)
This book offers a comprehensive overview of the theology behind hospitality in the Christian tradition. Pohl sheds light on how the Church has developed over time and that the practice of hospitality shaped and continues to shape our identity in the world. (see info for study guide here)
unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity… and Why It Matters
by David Kinnaman (link to amazon)
An analysis of research gathered by the Barna group about young people and their thoughts about the church, religion and what they see.
“Community: The Structure of Belonging”
by Peter Block (link to amazon)
“New Religions: A Guide: New Religious Movements, Sects and Alternative Spiritualities”
by Christopher Partridge, editor. (link to amazon)
This a reference book that is helpful in shaping conversations around interfaith issues and questions. It has pictures and information that helps to start discussions and investigation of other faiths and traditions.
From Geography to Affinity: How Congregations Can Learn From One Another.
by Lyle E. Schaller ( link to amazon )
Schaller presents a discussion of how congregations can and do work together for the greater Mission of God. It gives a picture of ecumenical partnership and the energy that can be found in working together.
“Living into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us”
“Every church, every organization, has experienced them: betrayal, deception, grumbling, envy, exclusion. They make life together difficult and prevent congregations from developing the skills, virtues, and practices they need to nurture sturdy and life-giving communities.” Reposted from http://www.amazon.com