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Growing Deeper in our Church Communities: 50 ideas for Connection in a Disconnected Age by [Smith, C. Christopher]
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  • File Size: 302 KB
  • 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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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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To help Connect with People, Connect with Place, Connect with the Mission of God, Growing Deeper includes an introduction and then a brief summary of each of 50 possible ways a local church can be together for each other, for worlds around them and beyond them, creating concentric circles of influence. This handbook suggests many ministry/service avenues and options beyond a typical feed the hungry, visit the sick, share the word. Though it probably would take a congregation of around 100 to 200 to routinely accomplish the full range of suggestions, even a small house church of about 20, or segments of a larger, already program-sized church of 200+ could discover many ways to enrich the lives of each one by sharing their own gifts and abilities, and by receiving from others in areas where they lacked. For the most part, these would work only in a suburban or urban setting, probably not in a far-flung rural one-point or multi-point pastoral charge. Some suggestions are specifically pastoral or diaconal in character; others more free-ranging and imaginative. Every one of these entails interacting with others, helping folks of all ages, in every situation, feel less isolated and more needed. After all, even a bright, energetic teenager who's already into many school activities, who appears to be every parent's and every teen's ideal, can feel isolated and not needed. The title of each ministry idea gives a hint of what it's about; a paragraph-long summary of each outlines possibilities to discuss and possibly implement. Is Growing Deeper available only as a kindle edition? That's what I got, but why not buy a stack of them (50, maybe?), distribute them to all interested parties, and discuss way to grow deeper in our own church community?
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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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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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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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