Review: Imagine Church: Releasing Dynamic Everyday Disciples

Imagine Church: Releasing Dynamic Everyday Disciples
Imagine Church: Releasing Dynamic Everyday Disciples by Neil Hudson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a firm believer in the Church, being a Church minister you would hope so! I am also a firm believer in the idea that the purpose of the Church is mission – sharing our faith in Jesus through word in deed – with the long term goal of working with Christ in the transformation and healing of this world to make it the place God always intended it to be. I am also a firm believer in the New Testament concept that as followers of Jesus, this is something that all Christians are called to be involved in, not just those employed as Christian workers such as myself. The trouble is although these are ideas that many churches might pay lip service to, the reality is that our culture, both within and without church, tends to a sacred-secular divide that militates against us living these concepts out in practice, with the result that church life and Monday to Saturday life can often appear to have little to do with each other. This book explores ways in which we can change the culture of a church so that it’s congregation grasp that their daily life is their ‘frontline’ for ‘mission, and suggests ways in which our services and activities can support our members in this missionary activity. I found it an easy, yet challenging read, clearly written and practical. Personally speaking this book brought to fore many issues I have been reflecting on and brought them together in a concise and clear way as a single set of ideas. It has encouraged me to take these reflections further and to continue to seek to introduce them into our church life.

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