is a thought-provoking book for congregational leaders who want to see the church fulfill its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ. -- Leading Ideas Book Review by Tom Berlin, senior pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia
<br /><br />Schnase is helpful because he tells the truth. He is hopeful because he imagines a different and more faithful future for the church. The practices described in this book will lead any pastor or leader, or better yet any congregation, toward renewal in the service of God's mission. --Circuit Rider Magazine Book Review by Kenneth H. Carter, Jr., Providence UMC, Charlotte, NC
From the Publisher
"Robert Schnase astutely weaves theological insight, practical advice, and exemplary stories into an inspiring book for pastors and laity alike. The five practices are central to faithful and fruitful Christian living and offer a blueprint for congregational vitality and excellent ministry. Be careful, however. While the nouns (e.g., hospitality, generosity) sound wonderfully encouraging, the adjectives that go with them (e.g., radical, extravagant) point to how challenging and life-transforming they are. So use at your own risk--a risk that your congregation will discover a new sense of 'the life that really is life' (I Tim. 6:19)."
-L. Gregory Jones, Dean and Professor of Theology, Duke Divinity School
"In a time when congregations focus more on activities than outcomes and more on good intentions than transformed lives, Robert Schnase reminds us that God's call to congregational fruitfulness is biblical and Wesleyan to the core. Schnase's words are thoughtful, provocative, and challenging. Any congregation will find encouragement and insight in every chapter to deepen faithfulness and multiply fruitfulness."
-Lovett H. Weems, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary
"Stimulating. Challenging. Uniquely helpful. These five practices make mission come alive. They are essential to fruitful congregations. Excellent for congregational leaders, Sunday school classes, small group studies, pastors and ministry teams. Bishop Schnase gives us powerful language, rich examples, and practical suggestions for fulfilling the mission God gives us."
-Janice Riggle Huie, Bishop of the Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church