The Storied Church: A Strategy for Congregational Renewal

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5.9 X 9.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.48 pounds

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About the Author

Matthew Gorkos, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, has served two struggling churches searching for renewal. This experience, combined with a love of Christ's church and a passion for story, led to his doctor of ministry degree from Boston University. He founded Story-Centered Ministry Consulting at the end of 2019. This is his first book.


"Gorkos writes about story, in stories, and for the sake of renewing the living stories of congregations. Churches will find inspiration and guidance here as they seek to understand and transform their communities. Thanks to Gorkos for a fine interweaving of theological insights, probing questions, and practical guidance for congregations." --Mary Elizabeth Moore, Boston University School of Theology

"The Storied Church is a rock in the weary US mainline church landscape. Every council, vestry, presbytery, or governing body should read this book. And then dream new dreams, together." --Jason Chesnut, ELCA pastor, itinerant preacher, freelance filmmaker, and biblical storyteller

"In this bold and insightful project, Gorkos diagnoses the problem facing mainline churches as an existential crisis tied to their loss of communal identity. Drawing from Scripture, narrative theology, cinema, and twelve-step programs, Gorkos offers story-based resources for authentic church renewal." --Rebecca L. Copeland, Boston University