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Many would agree with the diagnosis; but not everyone would agree about the appropriate cure. In Ross's view, the church needs to be less like an organised religion or an efficiently structured corporation and more like a big messy extended family. Families, he says, are perfectly designed for discipleship: constant access, consistent modelling, demonstration, teaching and training, conflict management and resolution, failure, follow-up and feedback, all in an atmosphere of love.
Separating the church into different age groups at worship time is like separating the family into different groups at meal time. Instead, we should be aiming for a multi-generational church service model, which is "rooted in history while leaving room for the mystery of the Holy Spirit among us." A model involving creeds, confession, communion, canon and connection is given in Appendix 1 of the book.
It is interesting to read Ross Parsley's book after reading Glenn Packiam's book Secondhand Jesus: Trading Rumors of God for a Firsthand Faith. Both were worship pastors at New Life Church in Colorado Springs at the time of senior pastor Ted Haggard's public fall from grace and at the time of the shooting at the church, and they have had their views of church affected in different ways.Read more ›
That's the way Ross Parsley says we should treat the church. Like a messy family. My church is very similar to this. They encourage young people to mesh with `older' people. My community group is just that... a community. Older, young, babies and dogs... we have it all. With that in mind, the book helps the reader to understand that a church must look and feel like a family but that with a family there are a lot of messy things that must be dealt with. Jesus is central to this book (as it should be) and I am glad that Parsley recognizes that. Jesus should and is at the center of our lives first!
This book really hits the points as to why having a family is important. Life is lived with family, not with just your peers. You have moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends.
I liked this book, but do have a few notes for improvement: gather thoughts, tell whatever specific story you want once (it felt like some of the same stories were repeated more than once), and keep telling your personal story (makes it feel more authentic). Overall I would recommend this book to everyone and I truly did enjoy it.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes by David C Cook Publishing. I was not required to post a positive review and the views expressed in this review are my own.
Maybe I like this book so well because it is everything in my heart. Relationship, community, family.
How does God intend for us to "do church"? He doesn't. We ARE the church, we ARE the body. He intends for us to live together in relationship with one another.
This book is very practical, very honest and (at least for me) motivational. It has stirred up in me a new love for the local church which I pray I will be able to convey to those around me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For whatever reason this was the perfect read for where I am right now. I found myself saying "yes, right on!" so many times.Published 9 months ago by Sandra A.
Well-written and relevant as the mega church movement expands - sometimes in very negative ways if care is not exercised. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Larry Tiffan
This book is phenomenal. A must read for all those in church leadershipPublished 12 months ago by RevCJY
One of the best, if not the best, books on church life I've read as a Pastor. Key emphasis is that the church is an organic family and not a mechanical business.Published 12 months ago by Rob
Open and honest, something for all churches to learn from. Very applicable for both church members and also church leaders.Published 14 months ago by Claire
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