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We’re giving away THREE copies of the new book

The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community
Dwight Friesen, Tim Soerens, Paul Sparks

Paperback: IVP Books, 2014

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Rooting the Church in the Neighborhood

A Feature Review of

The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community

Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, Dwight Friesen

Paperback: IVP Books, 2014
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Reviewed by Maria Drews.

“Most people are longing for a more integrated and connected life. Followers of Jesus want to be the church together in deeper ways than simply attending professionalized church programs.” – The New Parish

 

For several years I lived in intentional community with some people from my church in a low-income neighborhood, spending afternoons playing with the neighborhood kids and evenings catching up with my housemates. Together we hosted backyard movie nights and tutored kids at our apartment. We joined the neighborhood council, partnered with other local churches to feed the hungry, and stopped to listen to neighbors as we walked to the local shops and library. We joined in with our neighbors to support each other in difficult times and shared with those who needed help. But when asked, I always struggled to name what we were doing. We weren’t a ministry of our local church. We were a poor excuse for a new monastic community. And we weren’t community organizers or sent missionaries. We were a little community making a small attempt at seeking God’s reconciliation and renewal along with our neighbors and struggling to live life as Jesus taught us in our little corner of the city.

 

In their wonderful new book, The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship, and Community, authors Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and Dwight Friesen give a name for what we were. We were part of a new parish.

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One of my most anticipated books of 2014 is:
 

The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community
Dwight Friesen, Tim Soerens, Paul Sparks

Paperback: IVP Books, May 2014
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Here’s a blurb that I wrote for this book:
In The New Parish, Paul, Tim and Dwight offer a theologically rich vision of church life intertwined with the places we inhabit.  In stark contrast to the displacement and fragmentation that dominates our age, this important book calls us to slow down, become rooted, and experience a taste of the abundance and healing that God intends for all creation.  Church leaders take heed, the New Parish is, without question, the church of the future!
– C. Christopher Smith co-author,  SLOW CHURCH: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
Editor, The Englewood Review of Books
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