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The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission,… (edition 2014)
by Paul Sparks (Author)
The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community by Paul Sparks
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2015 Christianity Today Award of Merit (The Church/Pastoral Leadership)2014 Readers' Choice Awards Honorable Mention2014 Best Books About the Church from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore"When . . . faith communities begin connecting together, in and for the neighborhood, they learn to depend on God for strength to love, forgive and show grace like never before. . . . The gospel becomes so much more tangible and compelling when the local church is actually a part of the community, connected to the struggles of the people, and even the land itself."Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight J. Friesen have seen--in cities, suburbs and small towns all over North America--how powerful the gospel can be when it takes root in the context of a place, at the intersection of geography, demography, economy and culture. This is not a new idea--the concept of a parish is as old as Paul's letters to the various communities of the ancient church. But in an age of dislocation and disengagement, the notion of a church that knows its place and gives itself to where it finds itself is like a breath of fresh air, like a sign of new life.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)250 — Religions Christian pastoral theology, homiletics and religious orders Homiletic; Pastoral; Parochial
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