Activating the Passive Church: Diagnosis and Treatment by Lyle E. Schaller

By Lyle E. Schaller

Written for either lay and ordained congregational leaders, this well timed booklet diagnoses the explanations of church passivity, and formulates a mode for combatting the matter. Dr. Schaller classifies church buildings in keeping with their inner dynamics (rather than denomination or geographical location), and demonstrates what number have triumph over the "twenty-year syndrome" - that awkward time whilst quite new church buildings are inclined to lose their experience of path. He additionally indicates how church buildings could make a delicate transition from one pastor to a different, and the way new contributors can be utilized in constructing a good church application.

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Heimlich concluded that if his solution to the problem was going to have widespread application, it would be necessary to break down a complex situation into a simple and easily recognized sequence so a lay person could recognize what was wrong and begin to take remedial action. That meant articulating a simple step-by-step diagnostic procedure that would enable anyone--including persons with absolutely no medical training, such as a parent or a person sitting across the table from the victim--to recognize the symptoms and complete the Heimlich Maneuver within three or four minutes.

M. ) (6) 14. There is a very low level of concern for saying thank you to lay volunteer workers, especially those with responsibilities of limited visibility. (5) 15. The minister now sees his or her career as almost completely in the past rather than in the future. (8) 16. " (10) 17. The leaders are unusually critical about what is or is not happening. (7) 18. One aggressive, domineering, and intimidating lay leader is allowed to exert a disproportionately large amount of power within the congregation.

Since 1950, according to Glasser, the culture increasingly has emphasized the issues of identity and role. " is now the number-one question for an increasingly large number of people. Many of the new missions founded in the two decades following the conclusion of World War II were organized around survival goals--rallying enough members to create a new, self-supporting congregation, constructing a meeting place to house that congregation, paying off a mortgage, hiring a secretary to take part of the workload off the weary pastor, and coping with the threat of inflation.

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