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Thriving Communities: The Pattern of Church Life Then and Now Kindle Edition
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Now that so many thoughtful ideas and innovative illustrations are together in one organized text, this is a valuable guidebook and conversation partner for any congregation or Christian institution.
Every city needs thriving church communities. In most cases across the country, the church has been the glue that holds a city together. The authors explain how current churches embody the ancient practices of the earliest churches. Through conversations and biblical study, they identify six practices in the book of Acts and in churches across the country.
This kind of book represents a welcome contrast to the wealth of books on church life in the city. As of late, many evangelicals have flooded urban centers primarily aimed at reforming communities into their likeness. We can find one in most schools and movie theaters. Most of these approaches assume that the city has problems and so do the established churches already present in neighborhoods. On the other hand, traditional denominations have neglected the important need to be a community as they try to reach their communities. We fail to ask “what kind of community are we trying to be as we live out God’s mission.”
“Thriving Communities” offers a stronger approach. Instead of looking to market-tested church sprouts that whither under the scorching sun of difficulty and doubts, or ignoring the needs in church life today, this book offers examples of multi-generational churches living on mission. These communities have stood the test of time and grown through difficulty. The people know what it means to suffer, serve, and thrive. They build on the strengths of existing churches that have weathered the storms of denominational and urban life. This book understands that thriving communities grow and develop over years of robust discipleship. This books points the way forward as churches seek to be the kind of community that impacts their cities with love and obedience for years to come. If a person wants to plant a church, this book offers a pattern of life worth emulating. As existing churches renew their vision for the world, Rowe and Jones spark the conversation with engaging insights.
In Acts 18:10, God says to Paul in a vision, “I have many people in that city.” This vision refers then to Corinth. Rowe and Jones show us how churches are thriving in our cities today.
This book pulls deep biblical scholarship and pictures of modern communities into a single hour-long read. The patterns of community life that Kavin identifies are recognizable in the 1st and 21st centuries. The book reminds me that life has never been simple and God’s promise is always before us.
Consider reading with friends. It is about community, hardly something to read alone. Each chapter includes some discussion questions to spark conversation.