- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: Member Mission Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0971755205
- ISBN-13: 978-0971755208
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,962,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A clear map for clergy to take the Sunday experience into the rest of the week. No one is forgotten!" -- Mary Martin, Pastor of an Urban Congregation
"Challenges our previous misconceptions and offers a way ahead. A change strategy for the mission and ministry of all believers." -- Sheryl Kujawa, Seminary Director of Congregational Studies Stgregational Development Member
"Real-life case studies and a broad interpretation of mission work elevate this book." -- The Living Church, October 6, 2002
"Schwab has an evangelizing heart. The book reflects this experience and passion." -- Robert Hofstad, Bishop
"Wayne calls us to heal the world and to nourish each other along the way. Valuable for clergy and laity." -- Mary Ann Brody, a Junior High Teacher
Clergy and lay leaders developing a heart and mind for mission in a congregation should make this book "must reading." -- Sewanee Theological Review, Easter, 2005
Schwab has an evangelizing heart. The book reflects this experience and passion. -- Robert Hofstad, Bishop
The church's work is supporting members as they discover their callings in the "mission fields" of daily life. -- The Record, Diocese of Michigan, April, 2005
This accessible volume can be read by both clergy and laity as an introduction to revitalizing the congregation. -- Review of Religious Research, March 2003
This book helps members to connect what they say and hear during Sunday worship with the rest of their week. --Episcopal Life, February 2003
From the Publisher
No one goes as far as Schwab does. All other books about the church and its mission leave the members inside the "walls" in some way. This book starts with them out there in their daily lives and stays there with them.
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Wayne Schwab is asking the question: Is God's mission to pluck individual souls of this world of prevalent evil, or is it God's mission to enlist his Church in the resistance of evil by participation in the victory of Jesus who remained faithful in all life's circumstances, and who continues today in the mission of this world's redemption? Schwab would maintain the latter is the Biblical witness.
Schwab acknowledges the cost of the mission. Evil is a reality. Fear of evil will either lead to greater selfishness, individualism, materialism, and eventual self-destruction; or finding spiritual strength through the Church (Biblical Word, Sacramental nourishment, mutual sharing and support) Christ's followers can stand against evil and be in mission with the God of healing, love and compassion in their "everyday" lives.
Schwab has given the tired western church, worried about its survival and privileges, a challenge to catch the vision which motivated the first followers of Jesus: The world can be remade according to God's intention. Schwab maintains that the victory of Jesus over the powers of evil, even death, is decisive. This victory, confirmed by the resurrection, the author maintains is the Christian's assurance to overcome fear leading to self preoccupation, and the basis for a life of concern for generosity, fairness, beauty and justice.
Schwab has great faith in the sufficiency of the Church to nourish its member missionaries as they daily struggle against evil and find life's meaning in the mission of God within their homes, among their friends, at work or school, in their neighborhoods and local communities, as caretakers of this small planet, at leisure and re-creation, and as members of the Body of Christ.
The book has many practical approaches for Christians seeking to join the mission of God in the world, and for churches which want to assist their members to become missionaries to God's work.
Wayne Schwab has spoken a most challenging word to his fellow Christians. It is hoped the Church will listen, hear and heed.
The Rev. William Cooper
Parish Priest: The Church of The Messiah
Frederick H. Borsch, Interim Dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and Retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
Schwab recounts stories of lay people on mission in their daily lives. George, a letter carrier, speaks up about work conditions at his branch. Bonnie is on mission as she and her husband develop their family camping as a community of love and caring. Gloria is a missionary as she teaches math to children and adults whose math skills are stunted by their cultural conditioning.
This book is to inspire clergy and lay people to see they are already on mission in their daily life and work. Following Jesus Christ is the simple yet costly call to a deepened and active Christian life. It is a call to a life of meaning, purpose and power.
The book is divided into two parts. The first is to inspire people to see they are already missionaries by telling the stories of fifteen missionaries. The second part is to assist in organizing a parish around Schwab?s vision of the work of the church. I wish I had this book before I retired as a parish rector. It would have been invaluable to Trinity, San Francisco in doing God?s work in the city. Practical steps in changing worship patterns to involve lay people more, developing preaching styles and discovering ways of training leaders are offered.
My main criticism is the use of the word missionary. Schwab knows it has the evil connotation of patronizing and patriarchal conversion of people that are poor, marginalized and people in the third world. He boldly uses the word in its true meaning as people sent from God to bring love, peace and justice into the world.
Once the reader gets past the word missionary, the book is a dynamic and powerful call to viewing the work of the church not as a numbers game of church growth but as deepening he commitment of each baptized Christian to follow Jesus Christ in the work of compassion in the world.