Book of the Year?
Here are the chapter titles from Part II, which she calls "Ten Signposts of Renewal." (Her description of why signposts, a playful comparison of driving by map and intuition and real-time looking around rather than MapQuest is clever and insightful.) So here they are, signposts for the journey:
Know any churches that embody some of these practices as they form a counter-cultural spirituality for the sake of the world? Are they modeled after mega-churches? Did they get that way from strategic planning sessions and church growth seminars? Do they have strictly conservative theology? I didn't think so. Ms Bass is on to something, here, debunking the myth that only evangelical churches are growing, and inviting us to serious reflection on what it means to come home to authentic community in a vibrant mainline church.
It really may be the book of the year...
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For a great link to the research project site that Bass worked for, go here (The Project on Congregations of Intentional Practice.)