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Do Something Else: The Road Ahead for the Mainline Church Paperback – February 5, 2016
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''This is the most hopeful book I have read for a decade. While secularists celebrate the rise of the 'Nones' and conservatives insist anyone 'liberal theologically' is doomed, Nate Phillips has tracked down some fabulous models of innovative church, from tweeting to the new ministry. It is a riveting read, each narrative made manageable and intriguing. With this book, Phillips establishes himself as the voice of those who are hopeful about church adapting itself into new ways of serving the kingdom.''
--Ian S. Markham, Dean, President, Professor of Theology and Ethics, Virginia Theological Seminary
''Phillips is a devastating storyteller. Do Something Else is resplendent with stories of hope unearthed from the 'dry bones' of mainline churches--which, as it turns out, are less dry than we think. Written with grace, humility, and profound respect for people who struggle with changes in their churches, Phillips is a devastating storyteller, introducing us to pastors who are exploring new ways to be the church without losing their theological britches. But the story that wouldn't let me go was Phillips' own, interwoven almost incidentally among the others. With disarming honesty, Phillips lets us glimpse the holy nitty-gritty of pastoring ordinary people who somehow become radiant in his telling. This is a gem of a book--I could do nothing else but keep reading.''
--Kenda Creasy Dean, Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church and Culture
Princeton Theological Seminary; Coordinating Pastor, Kingston United Methodist Church; author, Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church
''The miracle of creation takes place when we notice what is happening while dreaming of what we can become. Nate Phillips masterfully balances these two visions in Do Something Else, as he gathers divergent voices, weaves together stories, observes best practices, and imagines what something else might be.''
--Carol Howard Merritt, Senior Consultant for the Center for Progressive Renewal; author; columnist for the Christian Century
''Community organizing teaches that 'you can t build what you can't imagine.' With depth, hope, and delightful storytelling, Phillips has pulled together a collection of leaders and ministries that help us expand our imaginations about how to be the body of Christ in the world.''
--Jessica Tate, Director, NEXT Church --Wipf and Stock Publishers
About the Author
Nate Phillips serves as co-pastor at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware. He is the creator of FIRST (Freeing the Imagination of the Recently Seminary Trained), a mechanism for new types of evangelism and church starts in the PC (USA).
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The risk of recording the voices of a diverse population of church workers is that the book might lose its unique personality and timbre; yet Phillips counters that potentially discordant outcome by framing his interviews with his own stories and reflections -- a tactic that serves to codify and flavor the work as a whole.
Anyone who cares about the church will benefit from this book.
I wish his friend and my friend Dick was here to read the book so he could understand why the mission trip to Maine is so important.
To me the book points out the DO SOMETHING ELSE that can save the Church for the future.