Breaking the Rules - Renewing a Mainline Church | Hartford Seminary

Breaking the Rules – Renewing a Mainline Church (AM-612)

For the past half-a-century volumes have been written about the decline and predicted demise of mainline denominations and congregations.  Scholars have performed autopsies and widely discussed the various theories of the causes for this decline.  This course is not concerned with that. Rather, two professors who also pastor and consult with congregations defying the predictions of death, will explore some of the reasons they believe many, though not most, mainline churches continue to thrive. The hope of this course is that breaking the rule of denominational decline is a skill set that can be learned by contemporary church leaders.

If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.


Michael Piazza & Donna Schaper


Summer 2019

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