• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)

    Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

    Slow Church:  Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus, by C. Christopher Smith and John Pattison (IVP Books, 2014).

    Too many times, our congregations and ministries reflect the assumptions of the secular world. We equate “busy” with “successful.” We feel we have a vibrant ministry if our calendar is full. But how often do we find that we’ve missed the real opportunities for ministry in the crush of the task list we’re trying to get through? “Slow Food and the other Slow movements hold important lessons for the American church,” write the authors. “They compel us to ask ourselves tough questions about the ground our faith communities have ceded to the cult of speed. And they invite all of us…to start exploring and experimenting with the possibilities of Slow Church. …. Slow Church is a call for intentionality, an awareness of our mutual interdependence with all people and all creation, and an attentiveness to the world around us and the work God is doing in our very own neighborhoods” (pages 15-16).

    This book will help you reflect on your women’s or girls’ ministry in a different way. It’s a challenging read in many ways, but a challenge worth undertaking. Relationships take time, and ministry is all about relationships—our relationship with Jesus Christ and our relationship with one another. Aren’t those relationships worth time?

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