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More than forty people from the north west of England attended a workshop on 9 March at Rydal Hall. The day looked at some of the 101 Great Ideas for Growing Healthy Churches included in MODEM’s latest book, which was published in November 2012. The book investigates practical ways in which better church management can improve life, worship and witness.L-R. Raphael Oyelade, workshop delegate; Laura Wood, delegate; Kevin Huggett, Great Idea 65 Learn How to Listen; James Newcome, Great Idea 1 Agree a Vision; Sue Müller, Great Idea 40 Embrace Those on the Final Journey; Anton Müller, Great Idea 6 Be Able to Say Sorry, 36 Don’t Recruit – Evangelize!, 74 Make Your Church a World Church; Michael Lofthouse, Great Idea 7 Be About Your Father’s Business, 9 Be an Agent for Change.
Anton Müller, one of the co-editors, said: “The aim of this day was to encourage church leaders and church members in the work they are already doing by sharing good ideas and good practice – not only through church services but through services of care and support to the communities around them.”
The first session, looking at how a church family can agree a vision, was led by Rt Revd James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle. Another co-editor, Michael Lofthouse, former Deputy Director of Canterbury Christchurch University Business School, looked at how church ministry and management can run in harmony. Other contributors included Revd Kevin Huggett, chaplain at the University of Lancaster, and Sue Müller, who has 30 years’ nursing experience.
Anton Müller added: “What excites me about this book is that it is full of thoughts and ideas that can be done by anybody….because they have already been done by somebody! The book is a practical guide to be dipped into just as one might dip into a recipe book. It is a treasure trove of wise words and pointers for leading and managing churches into healthy growth.”
The book’s lead editor is John Nelson. 101 Great Ideas for Growing Healthy Churches is MODEM’s fifth book and is published by Canterbury Press at £18.99. Copies can be ordered online from the publisher. MODEM members receive a discount: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New leadership bibliography available
We are delighted to be able to make available a comprehensive annotated bibliography on leadership. This has been prepared by Roger Matthews, Director for Mission and Ministry in Chelmsford Diocese and a Trustee of the Leadership Institute. Roger was a member of MODEM's panel identifying the best leadership books of the 21st century. You can access the bibliography here.
|Grove Books - special offer for MODEM members. We are pleased to offer members a number of booklets in the areas of leadership, management and ministry at the discounted price of £3.50 (usually £3.95). Or buy three for £10. Free P&P in UK. Order them here.|
MODEM is a national ecumenical Christian network, which encourages authentic dialogue between exponents of leadership, organisation, spirituality and ministry to aid the development of better disciples, community, society and world.
Who we are
MODEM is a membership network made up of individuals and affiliated organisations. We are an organisation in association with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI).
What we do
MODEM has an established track record of publishing substantial books in the areas of leadership, management and ministry. We also publish journals for members, covering spirituality at work and the latest news, views and reviews. We run occasional conferences and support regional groups in the UK.