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- Print Length: 64 pages
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- Publisher: The Englewood Review of Books (February 1, 2010)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A4EWCRQ
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Growing Deeper in our Church Communities: 50 ideas for Connection in a Disconnected Age Kindle Edition
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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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Benjamin J. Gosden
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... Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by W. Nick Brown
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 purchasePublished on April 24, 2013 by Jonathan L Opgenorth
If you are wanting your church to be more involved in the community, this author gives you many ideas to do just that.Published on April 4, 2013 by Betty
Might give you a few ideas to consider in Christian growth to ponder. Easy read not too "technical" nor will it fit all Church Communities.Published on April 1, 2013 by Ray T. Tipton
Pros: Many good ideas - some old, some new
Cons: Little detail, could be fleshed out a little better without getting too specific and limiting
This really is an ok read for those just starting out in ministry, but nothing new that I haven' heard about, read about or tried already!Published on March 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Many of the things Smith suggested we already do. But some were things that we could find useful to build more community. Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by M. Abe
Chris offers 50 practical ideas for connecting Christians to each other, their physical context, and Christ's mission for the church. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Earl D. Smith
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