Wilmore, Ky. (April 30, 2013) Every Sunday morning in your community, People are getting up early. They’re going to breakfast, playing sports, or doing household chores. But they’re not getting up for church.
Asbury Seminary alum and author Chuck Gutenson’s new book, Church Worth Getting Up For, addresses the need for renewal in churches in North America today, and will take you on a journey into the heart of your congregation. You’ll see your own assumptions about church and people in new light, and wrestle with issues lurking just beneath the surface in your church and in your life as a leader: What does humility look like? What is the meaning of ‘radical’ hospitality, (and why does it exist almost nowhere in the Church)? And what does it mean to be authentic, really?
This thoughtful and convicting book introduces ten church leaders who offer helpful insight from their own experience in churches from California to Georgia. This is not a book on church marketing. There are no tips here on how to dress up what you’ve already got, to make it more appealing. This is a book that will challenge, embolden, and equip you to make church worth getting up for, this Sunday and every Sunday.
About the Author
Dr. Charles (Chuck) Gutenson is a church consultant and former Chief Operating Officer of Sojourners. He previously served 10 years at Asbury Seminary in Kentucky, most recently as the professor of Theology and Philosophy. He received a Master of Divinity from Asbury Seminary in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology from Southern Methodist University in 2000. A member of the International Society of Theta Phi, an honor society for theological students, scholars in the field of religion and outstanding religious leaders, Chuck is the author of six books (one forthcoming) and numerous articles on a variety of theological and philosophical articles.