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New Tasks for the New Congregation: Reflections on Congregational Studies

Jeff Woods, associate general secretary for regional ministries of the American Baptist Churches USA, discusses changes in congregations' cultural environment before considering the new tasks that today's congregations must address.

Jeff Woods, associate general secretary for regional ministries of the American Baptist Churches USA, discusses changes in congregations' cultural environment before considering the new tasks that today's congregations must address, factors that influence the capacity of congregations to embrace emerging trends in the church and the society, as well as the different role that congregational leaders must play if their congregations are to adapt to their altered situation. In the process, Woods also suggests future areas where research would be helpful to congregations' understanding of their circumstances and prospects.

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