Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Book Review - The Connecting Church 2.0
The development of meaningful relationships, where every member carries a significant sense of belonging, is central to what it means to be the church. So why do many Christians feel disappointed and disillusioned with their efforts to experience authentic community? Despite the best efforts of pastors, small group leaders, and faithful lay persons, church too often is a place of loneliness rather than connection. In this revised and updated version of his best-selling book, Randy Frazee shows us how church can be so much…better. More intimate and alive. The answer may seem radical today, but it was a central component of life in the early church. First-century Christians knew what it meant to live in vital community with one another, relating with a depth and commitment that made ‘the body of Christ’ a perfect metaphor for the church. What would it take to reclaim that kind of love, joy, support, and dynamic spiritual growth? Read this book and find out.
About the Author
Randy Frazee is the senior minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he teaches and leads in partnership with pastor and author Max Lucado. Prior to Oak Hills, Randy served as teaching pastor at Willow Creek and as senior pastor at Pantego Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas, for fifteen years. He is also the author of Making Room for Life and The Christian Life Profile Assessment Tool. Frazee and his wife, Rozanne, have four children and one granddaughter.
My Take on the Book
This was a great book that really makes you look at your own church in a completely different way. I was amazed to reconsider what my own church was doing through the ideas and thoughts shared here. While I am not currently on our church council, I was so impressed with this that after I read it myself, I gave it to my pastor so that he could get also gain some of the same insights. While he has not yet come back to me with his thoughts, I am looking forward to hearing them when he does. The book was an easy to read, engaging book that will pull you in and make you think hard about what you want out of your own spiritual experience. All-in-all, this is a book that will definitely help you make your own church stronger!
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