Thursday, May 26, 2011

Book Review: Mission-Shaped Church

Mission-Shaped ChurchMission-Shaped Church by Archbishop's Council on Mission and Public Affairs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

i think any church planter or developer of new worship should read this book. obviously this is written for the Church of England and it's Fresh Expressions of Church project - but this book, i believe, is very applicable for church planters in America.

what is most intriguing about this book is the path the Church of England took in order to grow the church. they were willing to implement new ideas - empowering new forms of church and worship to develop.

Mission-Shaped Church explores each of the different models of new church growth - and gives case studies to back up each one. this book hits the nail on the head. it should be required reading for any new church start training program.

i would love to see the church in America try more and more new, fresh ideas. the mainline church is dying - but what if we were given the freedom to explore our own 'fresh expressions' project? what if? what might come? how might we grow?

i can only imagine.

this book was written for me... i hope others discover its usefulness.

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