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Publication Date: 21 Jan 2016
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 192
Author: Robin Greenwood
ISBN-13: 9780281072156, 9780281072163

Sharing God's Blessing

Transforming Church Conversations
By Robin Greenwood
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A tried-and-tested resource for the renewal of the local church. Faced with the unsustainability of many inherited patterns of church, the temptation may be to fall into despondency rather than seeking to regenerate patterns of mission and ministry. This book is the result of a two-year research project aimed at enabling local churches to regain a sense of confidence through exploring God’s blessing and how that might be shared with the communities they serve.
In Part One, Robin explores the meaning of blessing and the power of face-to-face group conversations to transform church congregations. Part Two of the book contains outlines for five guided conversations for change on the theme of blessing. Part Three contains case study material of how this material has been used in different contexts, including for Mission Action Planning (MAP).
About the Author
The Rev Canon Dr Robin Greenwood was until recently Vicar of St Mary the Virgin, Monkseaton, in Newcastle Diocese) and holds a William Leech Research Fellowship at Durham University (based at St John’s). He is a Canon Emeritus of Chelmsford Cathedral. He regularly contributes to diocesan programmes in the UK and has been a co-director of the Edward King Institute for Ministerial Development.
Press Reviews

This is without doubt a book for our times: essential reading and essential practice for all who yearn for a better way for churches than endless initiatives, mission statements and strategies.

- Rt Revd James Bell, Bishop of Ripon

Robin Greenwood has done it again. Sharing God’s Blessing offers a creative thoughtful, clear and accessible approach to being the people of God in transitional and challenging times. It is a book rich in practical wisdom, born of seasoned experience and theological reflection. There is something for everybody and it will be particularly helpful, stimulating and a source of blessing for the local church.

- The Rt Rev Professor Stephen Pickard, Executive Director, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Charles Sturt University, Barton, Australia

This is a useful book for leadership teams as they consider tools to encourage circuits and churches to seek renewal.

- Paul Wilson

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