Endorsements & Reviews-
"I commend his book to any reader who wants to develop an in-depth understanding of congregations as organizations and as systems. Thompson's stories, examples, and teaching provide a clear set of lenses for taking a fresh look at churches and their challenges. We who live and lead, and who are committed to nurturing and strengthening the churches we know, can benefit richly from the teaching and examples offered in this book. For vestries, church councils, and the other governing or leading bodies of congregations, this book makes a good source for deepening joint understandings of their churches and of the ways they can be helped to flourish."
--James W. Fowler, from the Foreword
"But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies."
2 Corinthians 4:7-10 (NSRV)