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In a time when the congregations of many mainline churches are ebbing in the U.S., the success of a booming multi-campus congregation in the Rust Belt is certainly worthy of analysis. In this provocative, passionate and often critical book, Slaughter, lead pastor at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, takes a hard look at the seeker-sensitive, attendance-focused strategies that have driven the church growth movement for the past 20 years-and finds them severely lacking. "Let's quit worrying about numbers in the pews," asserts Slaughter, "and begin to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our homes, our communities, and the outermost places of the world." In such chapters as "Disciples vs. Decisions," the author describes the mission-driven, locally-focused and challenging philosophy of congregational life that's made a significant impact in places like Darfur, Sudan. It has also, ironically enough, fueled growth in the Ginghamsburg congregations. Chapters conclude with questions for individuals and congregations. Because he writes chiefly from his own experience, and doesn't draw a lot on that of other congregations, readers are mostly going to have to figure out how to apply Slaughter's ideas to their own church communities. END

About the Author

Mike Slaughter is the lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church. Under his leadership, Ginghamsburg Church has become known as an early innovator of small group ministry, the Church "media reformation," and cyber-ministry. Mike is the author of multiple books for church leaders, including Change the World, Dare to Dream, Renegade Gospel, A Different Kind of Christmas, Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Real Followers, Momentum for Life, UnLearning Church, and Upside Living in a Downside Economy.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426702973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426702976
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About Mike Slaughter

Mike Slaughter is Lead Pastor and Chief Dreamer of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio. Located in the struggling "rust belt," Ginghamsburg strives to be the hands and feet of Jesus, serving those in need from Dayton to Darfur. Under Mike's leadership, the church has grown from 90 worshipers a week to over 5,000. Mike's books include "Christmas Is Not Your Birthday," "Change the World," "Spiritual Entrepreneurs," "Real Followers," "Momentum for Life," "UnLearning Church," and "Upside Living in a Downside Economy."

Learn more about Mike Slaughter at http://mikeslaughter.com/

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This book is a must read for anyone who is serious about their faith.
Sassy
If you ever feel frustrated with the American church today, like it is a far cry from what Jesus was all about--read this book.
J. Miller
This is a great book for churches and individuals that desire to follow Jesus' example of reaching the world.
Carol/NC

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Miller on February 10, 2010
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If you ever feel frustrated with the American church today, like it is a far cry from what Jesus was all about--read this book. Way more than an idealistic guilt trip, this book has real, applicable ideas for how Jesus' people can make a difference for hurting, needy people in the world today.

If you're a fan of Jim Wallis (who wrote the foreward to this book, by the way) but finish his books saying "ok, but how?" you need to read Mike Slaughter.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian V. Miller on March 19, 2010
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The missional church movement returns to the mainline church in Mike Slaughter's Change the World. Using straightforward comparisons, Slaughter challenges the assumptions of mission, ministry, and success as defined by most mainline churches. At the same time, an alternative picture is painted of a church more interested in others than self. Drawing on work from missional movement leaders, such as Alan Hirsch, Slaughter uses his own experiences to propose a more faithful way of being the church.

Grounded in Scripture and theology, Slaughter exposes the shortcomings of current church values, writing "Our churches reflect the economic homogeneity of our culture more than they do the priorities of the kingdom." Slaughter makes clear that the people of God are intended to be agents of transformation who are sent to specific peoples for the purpose of multiplying movements of courageous disciples. This is in contrast to the church being seen as a place where special and similar people gather.

Slaughter saves some of his most direct discourse for the discussion of "Mission vs. Mortar" in chapter 6, where he laments the importance of buildings to the way the church currently functions. Facilities, their cost and prominence, drive how and why church is done. "Inflexible capital structures create systems that necessitate strategies of `bringing the world to church' rather than the `church going to the world.'" While his words are tough, the experiences of churches who are in debt during the current economic downturn seem to lend affirmation.

Short on how-to and high on passion, Change the World presents an important contribution to the missional church movement. By virtue of the author's experience, the book brings built in credibility for mainline denominations.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P. Parker on February 10, 2010
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I really enjoyed reading this book. After receiving this book I could not but it down. It is a great read for everyone. A great reminder of what a Christan should look like and what we should be doing in this world each and everyday.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol/NC on May 13, 2011
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This is a great book for churches and individuals that desire to follow Jesus' example of reaching the world. I read it first on my Kindle and then ordered 4 copies of the paper back to share.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Hutchison on March 11, 2010
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When people hear the word "change" they run the other way, ask why, everythings going good and what's in it for me? Reading this book will help you uncover why it is so important for us to continue to challenge ourselves to grow as christians. Everything around us changes; work, children grow up, we grow older, seasons change but as christians we stay still. Reading this book you will understand why it is so important to continue to grow in your faith.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Hood on February 24, 2010
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I wish I had read this book when I was first starting out in ministry. It has empowered and reignited that God passion inside me to go beyond, "what we've always done" and stand up and really lead change! The principles and tools found inside this book are there for anyone to pick up and run with. A huge thank you to Pastor Slaughter for his visionary and courageous challenge for every church to 'Change the World'.
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In 'Change the World' author and Methodist pastor Mike Slaughter focuses on the very reason the church exists…to carry out the message and mission of Jesus Christ. Through Slaughter's 35 year journey at Ginghamsburg, OH Methodist Church, his leadership of living as a disciple of Jesus has led to numerous outreach programs which serve those in need (physically, mentally, spiritually) both in the surrounding neighborhoods and communities of the church and in various mission-in-action trips abroad. $7 million has been raised and utilized to assist and support the people of Darfur, Sudan with water stations and life sustaining on-going help. Slaughter's message of demonstration - mission that serves the poor and oppressed (poor and oppressed financially, physically, and spiritually) hand in hand with proclamation of the Gospel (lived out and spoken) sum up the Church's calling for us on earth. Slaughter's congregational activities exemplify this, which in actuality are a form of worship and thanksgiving to God for what He has given us and for what He is doing through us to help others. Ginghamsburg Church, which grew from less than 100 to over 5,000 members during Slaughter's tenure, is proof that living out Jesus' message and mission will grow a congregation because what is being attempted and realized is in the will of God. This easy to read, personal account of how to transform a church or the Church through getting back to the basics is an inspirational guide to any congregation wanting to hone in on the purest form of the great commission. We reach by not only teaching and preaching, but by building relationship with the unbelieving world and serving them as Christ did and wants to do through us.
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