Stephen P. Bouman has served as leader of the domestic mission unit of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 2008. Previously, he served as
pastor in mission congregations in multicultural and poverty contexts and as a
bishop of the church. He has experienced firsthand the kind of Christ-centered,
faith-sharing, table-oriented ministry about which he writes in these pages.
In Beyond Church Walls, Rick Rouse sets out to articulate precisely what such an approach to pastoral care looks like—and the substantial impact it can have on congregations and communities. A skilled teacher and pastor with deep experience in real communities, Rouse leads readers through the changing realities of the twenty-first century and to new ways for missional churches to succeed in offering pastoral care for the whole community.
In such a time, a wise mentor who can articulate a way
forward for others is an immeasurable help. In Reviving the Congregation, Michael W. Foss, best-selling author of Power Surge, steps forward as that
Bringing decades of experience in congregational life and
leadership and a winsome style to the work, Foss offers a compelling
introduction to the new context in which we lead, and the personal and
congregational strategies that will offer a way forward.
Congregation is rooted in Foss’s own experience, but it is open to all
through questions for reflection, space for notes and journaling, and an
extended bibliography for further reading.