The Lazarus Project: How You Can Renew Your Congregation is a manual for congregational revitalization developed from the successful church renewal work of participants in the Lazarus Project.
The text is written with clarity and humor. It contains an abundant number of actual examples of churches using the principles of the project to spur new life in their stagnant congregation.
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Mike Simpson is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has pastored congregations in Texas, Oklahoma and North Carolina. He has a special love for and extensive experience with renewing dormant, dying or conflicted churches.
For much of the past decade, Simpson has been putting into practice the Family Systems theories of the late Dr. Edwin Friedman. Friedman's work, based on Bowen Theory of Family Process Theory, revolves around the notion that human beings organize themselves into " families" whenever they come together, particularly when they gather in groups as close as churches.
Simpson's key contribution to Family Systems thought is the idea that one key leader, committed to a clear vision of where the congregation should be going and undeterred by the resistance of opponents and supporters, can bring about the rebirth of a dying church.
Since 1992, Simpson has been the Senior Minister of the First Christian Church, Greensboro, North Carolina. He holds the Doctor of Ministry in spiritual development from San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Master of Divinity in the Bible from Vanderbilt Divinity School. His Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude in philosophy, is from the University of North Texas. An author and consultant, Simpson was inducted into the Who's Who in Religion in 1984.