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Our changing churches : a study of church leadership

Author: Joseph Van Vleck
Publisher: New York : Association Press, 1937.
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Van Vleck, Joseph, 1901-
Our changing churches.
New York : Association Press, 1937
(OCoLC)609177779
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Van Vleck
OCLC Number: 2506879
Description: xiii, 250 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Part One: American leadership as it has been molded by American protestant churches --
I. The institution as a setting for leadership --
Some characteristics of contemporary American churches --
Significance of local churches --
Some factors of division and unification within church groups --
II. Leadership as it occurs in church groups --
Characteristics of leadership --
Leadership of church groups --
Organizational, ethical, and community leadership --
The measuring of success --
Lay interest and needs to which pastors appeal --
Pastoral techniques of persuasion --
Some problems confronting the church leader --
a. Theological adaptation --
b. Institutionalization --
c. Councils of programs --
d. The nurturing of lay leadership --
e. Development of a constituency --
f. Social Problems --
III. Protestant ministers and their training --
Ministers in the field --
Seminaries --
Theological students --
IV. Three types of Church patters --
Basis for selecting three types --
The three types : The priestly type, the individualistic type, the democratic type --
Premises underlying church patterns --
Social utility of the three types --
Part Two: Other factors conditioning leadership --
V. Uncertainty as to function --
What do the crhuhces say they are doing? --
What are the churches actually doing? Formulation of statement of function --
von Wiese's challenge to contemporary church patters --
New York Methodists on church function --
VI. Demand for doctrinal change --
Some doctrines are questions --
Ministers' and laymen's attitude on change --
Problems created for church leaders --
Comment on security and doctrine --
Comment of theological adaptation --
VII. Distance between laymen and clergy --
A dilemma --
Expediting administration vs. democratic relations --
Preparation for pastors for democratic leadership --
Pastors and laymen in successful democratic churches --
Relations with other organizations --
Church boards and democratic relations --
Roles of Pastor and laymen in democratic churches --
VIII. The demands of youth --
Regarding church function --
Regarding social activities --
Regarding administrative responsibility --
Less disagreement on other subjects --
Attendance and loyalty of young people --
Validity of the demands of youth.
Responsibility: by Joseph Van Vleck, Jr.

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