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Two questions to start:

  • How do I write an introduction to something that is not really a book but an online document about significant issues facing Christian congregations—members, pastors, boards, councils, leaders, and even broader assemblies?
  • Who might turn up as readers of this virtual document that is fishing for browsers?

I hope the answer to the second question is that the readers will be more of the not insignificant number of people who have contacted me after reading individual articles of those now compiled in this virtual document featured among many on the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence (SPE) website. As for the first question, I will tell the story of this virtual booklet in hopes that once surfers bump into it—after a Web search for “healthy churches” or something similar—you will be drawn to reading the rest, maybe printing it, maybe even passing it on to friends or colleagues who are dealing with the issues described.

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