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Growing Deeper in our Church Communities: 50 ideas for Connection in a Disconnected Age [Kindle Edition]

C. Christopher Smith
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GROWING DEEPER offers: “fantastic practical ideas that most local churches can do to help connection and fellowship.” - Scot McKnight

A significant part of our connection as churches to people, place and mission is the realization that the life together of our church community must flow through every hour of every day throughout the week, whether we are physically gathered together or not.

As a result of the individualism of our age, there is a great temptation to see our churches as religious communities, whose work is primarily concerned with spiritual matters, and is in contrast to the physical world in which we work and feed and cover ourselves. This dualistic temptation is one that we must resist with every fiber of our being! Part of our growing deeper together as church communities is the task of finding ways to embody the wisdom of God as the church in all facets of life. Thus, a church should care about how its members and neighbors are fed and housed and employed.

I believe that these fundamental economic realities are the soil in which deeper connections with people, place and mission start to take root, and the ideas here are aimed at spurring our imaginations in this direction.

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  • Publisher: The Englewood Review of Books (February 1, 2010)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for church and community connectivity February 16, 2013
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Author C. Christopher Smith sees and understands the epidemic within churches and communities in which a disconnect occurs among the people. Unlike former days when life was more simple and conversation and unity was welcomed, we are now plagued with overwhelming transience that places a higher priority on job promotion than the value of community.

It is through our churches, author Smith says, that we learn what it means to love and be loved in deeper, more holistic ways. It is this love, he believes, that flows out to our neighbors around us. With this in mind, he has compiled 50 practical ideas of how to become more deeply connected in our churches and within our communities. The ideas presented are not all meant to be pursued but those that have relevant possibilities. These ideas will include designating times to meet in others homes, building relationships with missionaries, collaborating with other churches for events, and having regular meals together to name just a few.

This is a book that, if your heart is set on being more connected, will provide you ideas that will jump start your church toward relational change. Ministers and leaders need to have this book as it's content is very needed in the age we are living. You will discover that a growing unity established within churches will result in a better retention and happier, more satisfied members.

I hope you will explore this book as I highly recommend it to others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars quick read...great ideas February 3, 2014
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This book is a fast read but it can help church leaders explore new and exciting ways to be the community of faith, the Body of Christ that is, they were called to be in their community. So often our church are too inwardly focused. It's nice to have a short little book to help us focus more outwardly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas! January 1, 2014
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I love a lot of these ideas! My wife and I used to be a part of a church community that did quite a few of these things (No Sunday evening services so the community could eat together, small home groups, they even have a home they call the Sanctuary Home where unmarried college age guys come and live and are discipled by older men from the church. I'm a product of this discipleship home and it was one of the most beneficial contributors to my growth in Christ.)
As one who is starting in ministry myself, I pray I cancel recreate and/or use many of these ideas over the decades.
A good short resource and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read, With Quick Ideas July 30, 2013
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If you have been ministering for a while and are on the verge of burnout: either nothing seems to be working or maybe its been a while since a breakthrough has occurred, or there is a lull in the atmosphere in your fellowship, this text is a good read. It is good because when a minister is on the verge of burnout or is beginning to toy with discouragement, one does not feel inclined to read a 2-300 page book on how to restructure ministry, church leadership, build a program, etc. It feels daunting. But that is where this is beneficial, its a quick 50 point inventory that can be read over in less than an hour.

It can serve to affirm certain decisions your fellowship has already taken in order to connect, or it can serve as a fresh idea giver, either way it is a beneficial book to re-ignite a passion for intimacy and connection. very basic in its presentation therefore it is not a chore to read. Very basic in the ideas, where its a relief to discover you do not need some big new program to get the fellowship excited. But simple little ideas that promote connection.

I feel led to say, in our age when people are polarized by conservatism and liberalism, both sides have forgotten that Christ said, "by this the world will know you are mine, when ye love one another" so we are known to be His solely by our capacity to connect, befriend, and become connectional and intimate. Right theology does not mean right relationship, and right social justice does not mean right relationship, we need to return to the simplicity embodied in being known, and knowing one another, even when Adam was perfect, sinless, and unfallen, God said "it is not good that this man should be alone!" It is time to connect, that is what we were made for! This is a quick easy kindling to get that fire going!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent practical but not real deep April 24, 2013
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Enjoyed how practical the book is. Very helpful in day-to-day, week-to-week ideas. Not quite as deep as I expected. But worth the purchase
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4.0 out of 5 stars 50 ideas some of which are actually good March 14, 2013
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What loved most about this book is how quickly it gets into its ideas, and how brief the ideas are. Some of them, I would say 3 out of 10, are really quite good ideas, and even some of the not-so-good ones come with testimonies/illustrations which make them accessible. In the intro, we are challenged to try some of the ideas, and told to go ahead and fail once in awhile. I say THANK YOU for this book. 15 good ideas is well worth the reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and Inspiring March 6, 2013
By Steena
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I was very impressed with this little resource! A quick read that will have you thinking in new ways about your neighborhood and how you can really connect to those closest to you. My husband and I both really enjoyed it and will reference it often!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source of connection ideas! February 25, 2013
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Chris offers 50 practical ideas for connecting Christians to each other, their physical context, and Christ's mission for the church. Pastors and church leaders will be encouraged when they see how many of these ideas they are already doing in some form, and they will find other intriguing ideas to benefit their existing efforts. This book is well worth the read!
Rev. Earl D. Smith
Granger Missionary Church
Granger, IN
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