Transforming Evangelism

David Gortner

Mar/2008, 192 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780898695854



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At once “travel guide” and vision for the future, the Transformation series is good news for the Episcopal Church at a time of fast and furious demographic and social change. Series contributors - recognized experts in their fields - analyze our present plight, point to the seeds of change already at work transforming the church, and outline a positive new way forward. What kinds of churches are most ready for transformation? What are the essential tools? What will give us strength, direction, and purpose to the journey?

Each volume of the series will:

  • Explain why a changed vision is essential
  • Give robust theological and biblical foundations
  • Offer a guide to best practices and positive trends in churches large and small.
  • Describe the necessary tools for change
  • Imagine how transformation will look

How can Episcopalians reclaim evangelism primarily as an enriching spiritual practice? How soon will we recognize that our traditional hands-off approach has led to a crisis of evangelism with our own children? How can we learn to practice evangelism in an multicultural and multifaith society? and to what purpose? What styles and practices of spirituality do most to enrich our sense of evangelical calling?

These are some of the questions David Gortner asks in this book on evangelism for clergy and congregational discussion. He delivers both good and bad news about Episcopalians and evangelism, and provides models and spiritual practices to feed the growing hunger in our churches for good news.


David Gortner is an Episcopal priest and psychologist who has studied, written and taught in the areas of clergy leadership, congregational vitality, and young adult religious engagement. He has ministered in parish, campus, and hospital settings, and is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of the Center for Anglican Learning & Leadership at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA.

"David Gortner has a fresh view of evangelism that should put it within reach of every Episcopalian. Churches willing to make the effort to participate in evangelism should have one or more copies of this book in their libraries."—The Living Church, June 8, 2008

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