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The New Parish Audiobook

The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community

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"When... faith communities begin connecting together, in and for the neighborhood, they learn to depend on God for strength to love, forgive, and show grace like never before... The gospel becomes so much more tangible and compelling when the local church is actually a part of the community, connected to the struggles of the people, and even the land itself." Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and Dwight J. Friesen have seen - in cities, suburbs and small towns all over North America - how powerful the gospel can be when it takes root in the context of a place, at the intersection of geography, demography, economy and culture. This is not a new idea - the concept of a parish is as old as Paul's letters to the various communities of the ancient church. But in an age of dislocation and disengagement, the notion of a church that knows its place and gives itself to where it finds itself is like a breath of fresh air, like a sign of new life.

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©2014 Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, Dwight J. Friesen (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Justin Bellars Tucson, Arizona United States 06-03-16
    Justin Bellars Tucson, Arizona United States 06-03-16
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    "Some pithiness mixed into things I've heard before"

    The only quotes I found myself jotting down were from quoted sources like Lesslie Newbigin and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It was good to hear people's stories, but a lot of them seemed to be similar to those I've heard in online videos. It's probably a great resource for anyone who hasn't encountered missional communities in person. Just be warned, most, if not all Bible "quotes" are from The Message, so it might offend your sensibilities if you have a liturgical or exegetical background with a high view of Scripture. I much preferred Family on Mission by Mike and Sally Breen.

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    Diane M. Murray Plymouth, WI USA 04-11-16
    Diane M. Murray Plymouth, WI USA 04-11-16 Member Since 2015

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    What would have made The New Parish better?

    I bought it with The Art of Neighboring, which I really liked. I thought they were going to be similar with The New Parish being more of a how to do this with your whole church or multiple churches, but I didn't get that out of this


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Just finished The Longevity Book, Not sure what will be next.


    Any additional comments?

    I often listen to books while I drive as I drive a lot. this one was hard to listen to that way as it just kind of seemed to go on and on and on.

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    "rich and practical"

    I found it really incuraging as someone who is about to start a Christian community, is good to look at "church" differently and in a new light.

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