Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Alban Books
Trim: 5½ x 8½
978-1-56699-403-3 • Paperback • August 2010 • $28.00 • (£21.99)
978-1-56699-455-2 • eBook • August 2010 • $26.50 • (£19.99)
Peter Steinke is an internationally respected congregational systems consultant who has also served as a parish pastor, an educator, and a therapist for clergy. Drawing on the work of family-systems expert Edwin Friedman, Peter's accessible books have helped countless congregations understand their hidden workings and use that understanding to become healthy and vital.
These are such rich, ripe times of anxiety and lack of adventure in the church that this book should find a welcomed audience. Making the vital connection between health, hope, and mission, Pete calls each congregation (back) into its neighborhood to see what God may be up to.
— Steven L. Johns-Boehme, Pastoral Coach and consultant, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
A Door Set Open invites the reader to walk into a timely conversation for the church today. This door 'hinges' on three important and current discussions—mission grounded in the Kingdom of God, a future built on hope, and the value of applying family systems principles to faith communities.
— Keith A. Derrick, Director of Journey, Western Theological Seminary
Peter Steinke speaks effectively with depth, insight, experience, and hope to a postmodern church in a postmodern world. A Door Set Open extends an invitation to congregational health and vitality in the midst of complex, shaping forces producing fear and anxiety among us. This theologically grounded book offers a timely change process to pastors and congregations serious about the church's call to mission.
— Leo S. Thorne, Associate General Secretary, American Baptist Churches USA and editor, Prayers from Riverside