Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations was written by Robert Schnase, bishop of the Missouri Area of the United Methodist Church. Though he first wrote it to describe the five core practices of congregational life for his Missouri congregations, the book is proving useful for congregations across the country and across denominations of the Christian faith. It includes a chapter on each practice plus a chapter on excellence and fruitfulness. The practices include Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-taking Mission and Service, and Extravagant Generosity.
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- Read a book review on Circuit Rider by Kenneth H. Carter,Jr., senior pastor at Providence UMC in Charlotte, NC.
- Read this question and answer article with the Bishop from The United Methodist Reporter.
Focus on the Five Practices: A Congregation Wide Initiative
Visit the Focus on the Five Practices: A Congregation Wide Initiative website for more supplemental materials and resources that correlate with the Five Practices book.