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Really enjoyed the Neighborhood Economics conference in Cincinnati this week, and left with much to think about!

What is Neighborhood Economics?  Peter Block has described it this way:

“Neighborhood Economics is an idea committed to accelerating the flow of capital into resident driven entrepreneurial enterprise. It calls us to shift how we think about ending poverty. It brings the world of social investors, community builders, community philanthropists, residents and local neighborhood leaders into the same conversations. This is what a systems approach to economic and racial justice is going to require.”

I came away from the conference with a hefty list of books that I hope to read (or re-read). 

Here are some highlights from that list:

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Way back in June, at the Wild Goose Festival, Intervarsity Press filmed a video segment with myself and Tim Soerens, talking about our new books, and how they reinforce each other:

Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
Chris Smith and John Pattison

[ ERB Review  Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

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

[ ERB Review ]   Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]


Tim and I had a lot of fun filming this video, and we are delighted to share it with you here…

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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
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

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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