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Growing Deeper in our Church Communities: 50 ideas for Connection in a Disconnected Age

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GROWING DEEPER offers: “fantastic practical ideas that most local churches can do to help connection and fellowship.” - Scot McKnight

A significant part of our connection as churches to people, place and mission is the realization that the life together of our church community must flow through every hour of every day throughout the week, whether we are physically gathered
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Kindle Edition, 67 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by The Englewood Review of Books
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James
Feb 02, 2013 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was free for Kindle when I got. Devoured it quickly. It is written by Chris Smith pastor of Englewood Christian Church, brainchild behind Englewood Review of Books (one of the best Christian book reviews around) and leader in the Slow Church Movement. In this book Smith shares 50 ideas which church can implement to foster deeper community as a church, to connect missionally with their community and impact their world for the Kingdom of God.

As far as 'ideas,' Smith doesn't say anything
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Katherine Willis Pershey
Inspiring yet practical.
Leah
Mar 28, 2013 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To help Connect with People, Connect with Place, Connect with the Mission of God, Growing Deeper includes an introduction and then a brief summary of each of 50 possible ways a local church can be together for each other, for worlds around them and beyond them, creating concentric circles of influence. This handbook suggests many ministry/service avenues and options beyond a typical feed the hungry, visit the sick, share the word. Though it probably would take a congregation of around 100 to 200 ...more
Erin
Jul 22, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Smith's understanding of ministry is deeply rooted in Christian theology and scripture. His ideas for connection are not 100% unique to him, but are a good collection of a variety of options that would work in a variety of settings. I was pleased to see that our congregation already does a number of these things. It is helpful to remember that providing opportunities for connection in the community (even without direct evangelism) is a meaningful ministry in and of itself. It also helped spur ...more
Matt Miles
Feb 01, 2013 Matt Miles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short book provides great practical advice for building community in your local church and neighborhood. I don't recommend many "practical" books, but, along with When Helping Hurts, I highly recommend this one to fellow Christians. Some of this will challenge, and others will encourage you in what you are already doing. This is a useful reference tool for Christians and churches.
Michele
I was hoping this book could give me some ideas to help me feel more a part of my community. My Church already practices in one form or another almost every idea suggested. They are good ideas but in practices, they don't exactly happen.
Ruth
Jul 07, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read as part of my foray into understanding the tenants of the Slow Church Movement. There are some genuinely good ideas about fostering community in here, although many of them would work best in a more urban setting.
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