endorsements

"Learn, Laugh and Resurrect your Ministry and your Congregation"

"This book by my friend, mentor and colleague will guide your feet, refresh your soul and revive your commitment to ministry, no matter where you are. It reads like Gordon: bright, humorous, bold, confident and with enough humility to remind all of us in ministry of our partnership with the Spirit of God. Read it and learn, laugh and resurrect both your congregation AND your sense of call."

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, PhD, Senior Minister, Middle Collegiate Church, NYC

"Filled with Fresh Theological Insights, Practical Wisdom, and a Sense of Humor."

"A stunning challenge with promise for many struggling mainline churches! With a rare combination of theological acumen, passion for the gospel, and cultural creativity, Gordon Dragt tells a moving and courageous story of how an almost dead church was resurrected into a thriving and vibrant congregation. The encouraging message of the book is that the success of Middle Collegiate Church was not so much a miracle as the fruit of the intentional efforts that he calls “transformational leadership,” and therefore can be reproduced by other churches when they are faithful to the inclusive ministry of Jesus. Rich with fresh theological insights, practical wisdom, and a sense of humor, this book offers a wonderful road map for a successful congregational ministry and leadership in a post-modern society."

Dr. Hak Joon Lee, Professor of Theology and Ethics, Fuller Theological Seminary,
Pasadena, CA

"Proven Strategy for Turning a Church Around"

"Facing the challenge of a nearly dead church, Gordon developed a thriving congregation that is a model of what others may do. I am proud to say that I consulted with him and often visited Middle to aid him and to witness the growth of this special church in New York City. I have done similar consulting with other churches, but Gordon’s efforts at Middle Church excelled more than any other through the years. This book presents Gordon’s proven strategy for turning a church around."

Dr. Doug Adams, former Professor of Christianity and the Arts at the Pacific School of Religion, and Chair of the Core Doctoral Faculty in Art and Religion at The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA

"A Must for Clergy, Church Lay Leaders, and Seminary Students. ...Proven Leadership Insights."

"Gordon Dragt’s book is a must for any clergy, church lay leader, or seminary student regarding how to successfully utilize the Arts Ministry in worship and education. What Gordon did at Middle Church is amazing, and his proven leadership qualities are the reason why."

Mark Shaw, author of twenty-plus books, East Lansing, MI

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