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Doctoral Project Abstract

Reclaiming America: A Leadership Model to Equip the Church in Rediscovering Relevance in the 21st Century.

Edward H. Shigley

The Church is losing influence in today's society. There was a time when church life was at the center of American culture; when the majority of our laws, whether common law or written law, reflected biblical principles. Today's Church is struggling to regain its influence in society and once again become relevant to the lives of Americans.

How can the Church regain prominence and influence in our culture? How can the Church regain the confidence of the American people? How can the Church affect change in the lives of people once again? Our country is becoming increasingly hostile to Christianity. Most religious experts have declared we now live in a post-Christian era in America. How can Christ become prominent in our society once again? These questions are discussed and answered in Reclaiming America.

Each chapter concludes with a "coaching" bent by asking reflection questions and providing action points for the reader. The manuscript also includes three chapters dealing with "Coaching for Improved Work Performance." It is the premise of the author that the Church needs to move towards being a "Coaching Organization" to be effective in both managing employees and increasing work performance.

In the final analysis, The Church must make sweeping changes in order to meet the dire spiritual needs of our culture. Jesus warned his disciples, "Behold I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10:16). We urgently need this type of wisdom, purity, and leadership savvy as we represent Christ in our 21st Century world. While we wait with anticipation for the return of Christ, it is my hope that the Church will experience a Reformation that will revitalize our nation. This book examines the leadership principles the Body of Christ must embrace in order to be relevant and more forward in the 21st Century.

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