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An Excerpt from:

Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation
Richard Sennett

Hardback: Yale UP, 2012.
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Reviewed by Chris Smith in the current print issue of the ERB…
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013690: A New Kind of Big: How Churches of Any Size Can Partner to Transform Communities A Brief Review of

A New Kind of Big:
How Churches of Any Size Can
Partner to Transform Communities

By Chip Sweney
Paperback: Baker Book, 2011.

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Reviewed by Brian Johnson.

Are you interested in transforming your community? Is it possible to unite the churches in the community to bring about transformation? This book tells the story of how the Perimeter Church of Atlanta organized with other churches, within a 12 mile radius of Perimeter, to help meet the needs of the community: e.g., hunger, prostitution, etc. The author is the leader of an organization called Unite which works with other churches in the Atlanta area to meet community needs.

The author says, “[T]he problem with the church is not its size…the problem with the church is its reach.” The issue is not about a big church but it is about big needs, needs that are greater than any one church can handle. Thus the author hammers home two points that needs to be done to bring about community transformation:
1) Vision and
2) Collaboration with other churches and organizations within the community.

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