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Transformation: How Glocal Churches Transform Lives and the World Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 24, 2006
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Transformation is full of authenticity because Bob Roberts himself is being transformed. Read this book if you dare. It may transform your view of the church -- and your own life. -- Leighton Ford, President, Leighton Ford Ministries <br><br>
From the Back Cover
Author and pastor Bob Roberts Jr. is one of the architects of what church and Christian community can become in this new century. His unique approach to Christianity is based on what he calls T-Life (transformed life), which leads to a T-World (transformed world). Drawing inspiration from early church history and the emerging church in the developing world, Roberts envisions a new way of engaging the local church to achieve common goals. He calls for building a church culture rather than a church program.
Glocal churches create disciples who, transformed by the Holy Spirit, are infiltrating today's culture on a global and local scale. In Roberts's terms, when we establish a relationship with Jesus Christ and begin applying his principles, we experience T-Life (transformed life). Transformation begins with a growing, interactive relationship with God that includes personal and corporate worship. This, in turn, results in community. As community serves others, transformation has both a global and local (glocal) impact and creates T-World. Transformation redefines the focus and practice of the church, not from external bells and whistles, but from the internal transformation of the very character of its people. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As a professor of missions and an avid reader in the area of church growth and church planting, I give the book two thumbs up. Here is a description of how church life is actually happening at Northwood Church as they work on how to instill kingdom living for God at both global and local levels into the DNA of how Christians, both individually and collectively, live out their faith on a day to day basis.
A must read for any pastor who wants a fresh vision of what his church could become, for any missionary who senses the disconnect between exciting new realities on the field and stagnant churches back home, and especially for those who are wondering why their church life is just not relevant any more to the people they know who are "un-churched."
The book will be a primer for a new breed of Christian workers who want to develop new ways to engage people with the gospel who are presently untouched by the ministries of most churches. It details an outlook that should lead to a journey of church planting and discovering what the point of Christian living has always been in the first place.
The book cautions that it is not a recipe or how-to guide. It is unlikely that other churches would successfully duplicate what has been done at Northwood and their 80 plus daughter churches using the same methods and programs. Every church has to find its own way to be transformed and then transform locally and globally. The book offers numerous examples and some insight into their unique situation. In fact, it seemed a bit exaggerated at times. On a trip to Texas a few months back I had an opportunity to visit Northwood on a Sunday morning. Folks - this is for real. Bob is a real guy that has the energy, drive, and insight of a silicon valley entrepreneur, the heart of a guy doing his best to walk with God, and a thick Texas accent. The people at Northwood are real. They really do those things like take their kids to countries that have state department travel advisories and plant churches in their own neighborhood. Something that struck with me was that most of the people at Northwood were new to church when they got there. They didn't know you weren't supposed to or couldn't do the things they've done. Perhaps those of us that have been doing church and missions all our lives have some things we can learn (or forget) from these folks and the principles outlined in the book.
I hope this is not wasted on professionals - some of us amateurs might just get it too. In fact, I think that is a core premise of the book. After returning from my trip to Texas, I bought extra copies and gave them to some other average folks and even a few church staff. Books don't transform people but this one provides a decent kick in the pants.