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Welcoming the Stranger: A Public Theology of Worship and Evangelism
A review of a book by Patrick R. Keifert
Paul B. Brown writes a review in Theology Today of Pat Keifert's book on Welcoming the Stranger: A Public Theology of Worship and Evangelism.
Brown says: "It is obvious that Keifert is familiar with the church growth movement. He quotes its gurus (Shaller, George, Wagner), uses its vocabulary (statistics, studies, patterns-and strategies, strategies, strategies!), and even presumes the pragmatic value of numerical growth (he notes, without comment, that he once was a consultant for a church that wanted to grow because it was having "budgetary problems" [!]). Still, the theological and biblical underpinnings for Keifert's understanding of both evangelism and worship directly challenge assumptions of the church growth movement, providing a more theologically cogent and defensible basis for liturgical reform in response to modern culture."
Though published in 1992 the book still contains helpful insights about how to "welcome the stranger" into the worship life of congregations.
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