At Centre Grove UMC, our church council is beginning to work its way through the book and I’ll be blogging about the journey.
The book focuses on five practices which are “basic and fundamental to congregational strength” (9).
- Radical Hospitality
- Passionate Worship
- Intentional Faith Development
- Risk-Taking Mission and Service
- Extravagant Generosity
In the Introduction, Schnase writes …
The presence and strength of these five practices demonstrate congregational health, vitality, and fruitfulness. By repeating and improving these practices, churches fulfill their mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. (7)
This list of five practices is similar to Rick Warren’s five purposes in The Purpose-Driven Church (Worship, Fellowship, Evangelism, Ministry, and Mission). One difference that I especially like is the addition of the adjectives. Schnase writes, “the adjectives intensify them toward the unexpected and exemplary” (9).
I’ll blog about the rest of the journey, especially from a leadership perspective, as it unfolds. I’ve added a category called “Five Practices” to tags the posts in this series. Feel free to interact in the comments.