A Generous Community

Being the Church in a New Missionary Age

C. Andrew Doyle

Oct/2015, 192 Pages, PAPER, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819232304



• Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and author of Unabashedly Episcopalian; has the authority to call for change to hierarchical structures
• Practical ideas for connecting and building communities of service

Bishop Andy Doyle understands that the church must change. Every day, he presides over parishes that are no longer vital, that have not adapted to the “VUCA” (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world of today — the world in which the church exists. The church still looks to hierarchies when it needs to build networks, and stays mired in arguments when it needs to find unity. With the experience of a bishop and the insight of a deep learner, Doyle points the way to the future with a vision for how we can learn, serve, and communicate with each other.

For clergy, vestries, seminaries, commissions, and, ultimately, parishioners.

Read the first chapter of A Generous Community.

C. Andrew Doyle, ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, summarizes his autobiography in six words: “Met Jesus on pilgrimage; still walking.” He is author of Unity in Mission, Unabashedly Episcopalian, CHURCH, A Generous Community, Small Batch, The Jesus Heist, and Vocātiō: Imaging a Visible Church. Follow him on Twitter at @texasbishop. He lives in Houston, Texas.

A Generous Community is a game changer.”
—The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

“The content of this book is transformational enough, but the resources for group interaction create a combination that—with your energetic engagement—can mean a brighter future for your church, your lives, and the lives of your grandchildren’s grandchildren.”
—Brian D. McLaren, author of We Make the Road by Walking

“Bishop Doyle has given us a rarity: a book that shakes our foundations but doesn’t scare us to death doing it. He is crisply honest about what we must lose, and the book is sprinkled with the carcasses of several sacred cows. But we are up to it; the church we will form in response to God’s loving energy is exciting to contemplate. Bishop Doyle makes me eager to get on with it.”
—Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, author of The Courage to Grow Old 

A Generous Community distills decades of watching, pointing to, thinking, and praying about the movements of the Holy Spirit in the lives of real people. Here Bishop Doyle proves himself to be a spiritual adventurer, a wise guide, and a committed disciple of Jesus.” 
—Bishop Rob Wright, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta 

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