N. Graham Standish
Visit www.ngrahamstandish.org for a wealth of information about one of Alban’s most popular authors, N. Graham Standish. Learn how congregations are using his books to cultivate a renewed purpose and envision a vibrant future. Read extensive chapter excerpts, group study guides, reviews, and personal testimonies. An exclusive Q&A with the author gets to the heart of what it means to be a “blessed church.” If you’re looking for a powerful resource to promote dialogue within your congregation, this Web site is a must.
What is a blessed church? It is a church uniquely grounded in a relationship with God that allows blessings to flow through it. It is a church with a vibrant sense of faith, hope, and love. It is a church that embraces the sacred and that is not afraid to serve God in its own way. Pastor and author N. Graham Standish describes how a church that is open to God’s purpose, presence, and power can claim God’s blessing.
Standish shares the story of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, Pennsylvania, and its journey to become a spiritually deep congregation, one that is inwardly and outwardly healthy: spiritually, psychologically, physically, and relationally. Becoming a blessed church will help you discern God’s purpose and the path God is calling your congregation to walk. This book will help you find Christ in your midst and become aware of the many ways the blessings of God’s Spirit flow through your congregation.
Includes processes, guides, and samples. Foreword by Stanley E. Ott.
“If anyone asks me to recommend one book that church leaders could read together to help them envision a better, more vibrant future, this is where I’ll point them.” —Brian D. McLaren
“This book is for those Christians who idealistically believe that the Trinitarian God has something to do with our lives, those who seek the Creator’s purposes, who hunger for Jesus’ presence, and who know that the Spirit’s power alone can save and heal the world.” —Diana Butler Bass
“Standish’s vision for churches is exciting and compelling, and congregations that dare to discover this path will be truly blessed.” —Walt Kallestad
“I am currently reading Becoming a Blessed Church and find it to be one of the best books I have read in a long time.” —Debbie Line
“I heartily recommend Becoming a Blessed Church to all pastors, church leaders, and committee members. Let the Spirit be the driving force in everything you do and say, and in what you become—blessed.” —Gary Benevides
Alban No. AL302
paper, 242 pages
($14.40 for members)