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The development of meaningful relationships, where every member carries a significant sense of belonging, is central to what it means to be the church. So why do many Christians feel disappointed and disillusioned with their efforts to experience authentic community? Despite the best efforts of pastors, small group leaders, and faithful lay persons, church too often is a p...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 12th 2001 by Zondervan (first published April 1st 2001)
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The Connecting Church provides a challenge to the consumerism, individualism, and isolation of America and the American church. Emphasizing three points, common purpose around doctrine, but also authority, actions, and virtues of being; common place, in neighborhood organization and intentional community in a location; and common possessions, spiritual and material, he paints a picture of an entirely reorganized church focused on community. It is a winsome vision - a real community to be part of...more
Garland Vance
As a person who is interested in creating community, I found this to be one of the insightful and practical books on Christian community. Frazee addresses the biggest roadblocks to community, the ways that we can carry out community and the reasons why this is so vital to the church.
I am not a pastor but still found this book very helpful and would encourage many Christians to read it--not just pastors.
It will shape the way that you do life together wih those around you.
This book begins with a bang but ends with a big yawn. The author should have ended the book at about chapter 9. It, however, gives an excellent argument for our need of a community in our church. A must read for a post-modern Christians who are confused about what a church ought to be.

Matthew Lindell
The general premise is that small groups and community are broken. They are primarily broken because of our individualistic, consumer driven culture. Additionally, we have too many circles we are trying to manage (work, church, kids school, kids sports, etc.) which dilutes our ability to go deep and find fulfillment in any. Our churches seek to fill these voids but don't actually address the core issues or seek to create authentic community.

The answer then focuses on several key themes. The fir...more
Michael Culbertson
A very clearly organized, well-written, easy read. Randy Frazee, pastor of a large church in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, presents practical tips for encouraging community in churches. Frazee's intended audience is leaders of suburban American churches (even as small as 100), but many of the principles can likely be transferred into other settings. The book is organized around three fundamental cultural problems that have intensified in the last half century and that impede community: individuali...more
The only reason I gave this book 4 stars is because I was definitely not the intended target audience. My husband read this, loved it, and recommended it to me. It generated some amazing conversations between us about the definition of community and what we would like our lives and relationships to look like in an ideal situation.

I recommend it, with the caveat that the general premise is based on the fact that you are already a deeply entrenched Christian looking to get more out of your church...more
Randy's book will challenge you rethink what you call community. It is challenging, but worth the read.
Matt Moran
This was good. At times a little too Willow Creek, a little too Texas, and a little too pie in the sky. But still helpful.

Best points:

Frazee is spot on when he says that the individualism, consumerism, and isolation that is central to American life is death to Biblical community.

The local church must become the hub of the believer's life.

Real community is marked by spontaneity, frequency, availability, and shared meals. All of this requires geographic proximity.
Larry Yurk
This is a great read for the relationship side of church small groups. So far, it provides a penetrating analysis of the reasons small groups are not working in many churches for many people.
Greg Goebel
A very helpful, practical book with a great vision for helping Christian re-connect with the community through their own neighborhoods.
Jeff Alexander
Love the theory. Wondering how practical it would be for people to live it out.
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Jay Risner
A LOT of good stuff here.
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“This serves as a great reminder that regardless of our actions, we must first bring our hearts before God and ask him to test our motives. We will be never experience true community just because people give up their resources for others. But when people give up their resources because the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ has penetrated their lives, they are overwhelmed by the grace that leads to a lifestyle of generous giving.” 2 likes
“At a basic level, community unites us to a purpose bigger than our own lives as individuals.” 1 likes
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