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Change The World: Recovering The Message And Mission Of Jesus

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Something is not working. Despite the church's place of prominence in American culture and the ubiquity of the church in every American town, misconceptions about the faith of Jesus Christ run rampant today. Christians are known more for exclusivity than for love, more for potlucks than for solving world hunger.

It's time for churches to get over the cruise-ship mentality
Paperback, 121 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Abingdon Press (first published January 31st 2010)
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David Mullens
Apr 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Over all it was a strong book. However, I felt he spent too much time dwelling on what his church has done. He also made mention that his budget was only $27000 when he started at the church (in 1975). That was not real helpful. According to the Inflation calculator that would be about 112,000 in today's dollars. About right for a church of that size.

What I was hoping he would address _how_ can a pastor create a culture within the church (or be a part of the transition) that reflects missional
Joseph Griffin
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
What I really appreciated about this book was the focus on how the church needs to work among the poor, needy, and disenfrancised. The modern church has too often overlooked this part of its mission. Slaughter's call to this is much needed. However, the exposition is poor, and the arguments remind me more of a U2 concert than a well-reasoned exegesis of Scripture. I agree with much of the focus of the book, I just see a very poor effort to get there exegetically. The pragmatist may say that does ...more
This is yet another commentary on how the institution of "church" is failing those within and outside of its walls. I started out reading this in the paperback, but there were so many great quotes and thoughts that I purchased the Kindle edition just so that I could highlight notes along the way. If your spiritual growth through regular church services has stagnated and you feel that Christ is telling you that there is more to a relationship with Him than attendance on Sunday morning and serving ...more
John Hanscom
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Or maybe less. What he has to say is great, but he is self aggrandizing, and his examples do not match his words - for example, he says that it is not a good measure to rate a congregation by size, then brags how many people attend his congregation; he says that being a "multi-program" congregation is not necessary, then brags about all the programs his congregation has. In addition, in this age of "shared ministry," he makes the congregation minister almost a cult of personality.
Barbara P
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Slaughter writes from an authentic and spiritual grasp and understanding of discipleship. His commitment to a church living as disciples rather than just counting numbers is desperately needed in today's Christian world. His writing is clear, inspiring and very specific in stating the challenges of contemporary church life.
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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While looking for a book to encourage families to radical, community-changing living, I found this book. Its focus is more for church leaders but is spot on for creating churches that influence persons to focus on giving their time and resources where it is needed rather than to self or church buildings.
Dave Pettengill
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it
While I appreciated the emphasis on being a Missional church, I left wondering how does this apply to other churches besides Ginghamsburg. It was cool reading the stories about that church and how it has applied these principles but not sure it gave enough direction for others in their local setting.
Heather Hampton
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was free on kindle and I loved it. The author focused on what Christianity is supposed to be all about and looked at getting back to the basics of what Jesus taught instead of what religion teaches.
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
While there are some areas where Mr. Slaughter and I would disagree theologically, his call to look at things differently, to challenge the Church to actually follow Christ (rather than "historical" modes of "worship") is refreshing and well worth the read.
Jared Stine
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book made me ask myself "Do I love Jesus, or do I just love the idea of Jesus?" Mission-minded UMC pastor Mike Slaughter challenges our preconceived notions about church while urging more courage and less fear in the pursuit of God's transformation - of ourselves and the world.
Janet Jonas
This is a very powerful book. Very convicting look at why and how we can save church by transforming it from noun to verb. Measure not in belief but by action. I appreciated the many examples and didn't find it too preachy. What will happen if the church leaves the building?
May 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Great book for churches and individuals that desire to follow Jesus' example for reaching the world.
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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He talked a lot about changes we should be making within the church to more reflect the gospel. Also made me wonder what we should be changing as individuals.
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was amazingly clear on what God is currently saying to the church
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