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People are hungry to make a difference in their community, yet most don’t know where to start. In fact, “serving the least” is often one of the most neglected biblical mandates in the church. Barefoot Church shows readers how today’s church can be a catalyst for individual, collective, and social renewal in any context. Whether pastors or laypeople, readers will discover practical ideas that end up being as much about the Gospel and personal transformation as they are about serving the poor. Here they will see ...

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Overview

People are hungry to make a difference in their community, yet most don’t know where to start. In fact, “serving the least” is often one of the most neglected biblical mandates in the church. Barefoot Church shows readers how today’s church can be a catalyst for individual, collective, and social renewal in any context. Whether pastors or laypeople, readers will discover practical ideas that end up being as much about the Gospel and personal transformation as they are about serving the poor. Here they will see how the organizational structure of the church can be created or redesigned for mission in any context. Drawing from his own journey, Brandon Hatmaker proves to readers that serving the least is not a trendy act of benevolence but a lifestyle of authentic community and spiritual transformation. As Hatmaker writes, “My hope is that God would open our eyes more and more to the needs of our community. And that we would see it as the church’s responsibility to lead the charge.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310492276
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Series: Exponential Series
  • Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 96,457
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Brandon Hatmaker is pastor of Austin New Church (ANC), co-founder of Restore Austin, and a missional strategist with Missio (www.missio.us). After years of serving in the megachurch, Brandon and his wife, Jen, refocused their ministry on church planting and mobilizing the church to meet the needs of the poor and marginalized. Together, ANC and Restore Austin have developed a unique network of churches and non-profits that serve in a collective effort to impact their city and world.
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Table of Contents

1. WHY A BAREFOOT CHURCH: * Doing More * The Barefoot Story * Making it Personal * Foundations for Structure.
2. BEYOND the SOCIAL GOSPEL: * There is no reason for poverty today. We literally have every resource to abolish it. Our only need is the people willing to give it. * The Church of tomorrow
* Hollywood and Justice: Where’s the Church? * Never been more culturally relevant. (Church Growth) * A discussion of changing the posture of church to the unbelieving world through observing the natural “Missional Flow” as discussed by Hugh Halter’s “Tangible Kingdom”
3. THE DANGER with MISSIONAL without MISSION-MINDED: * MISSIONAL JARGIN (defining missional, mission, and compassion). * Missional is not a Fad. It’s Biblical. Service is the key to keeping it outward. * Observing what’s next on the missional landscape
* Why the mission to engage need is critical (a) biblical (b) continuous.
4. BALANCING GATHERING and SENDING of the Church (finding the crisis) * Both/And: Key to our strategy (Hugh Halter) * Our gathering Culture. * Need: Spiritual, Emotional (relational), and Physical – Mother Teresa. * Strategy of Exposing, Experiencing, and Engaging needs in community.
5. TENSION and STRUCTURING FOR SERVING (Compassion Ministry) * Structure of staff meetings * Personnel and Salaries. * Structuring through tension. * The sacrifice of tension. * The difference between self-less service and self-service. * Evaluating our motives. 6. SERVICE-MINDED COMMUNITY. * Mission and staying “sent” * Decentralized leadership * Illustrating the “love your neighbor, serve your city” model. * Balancing Incarnational Community with Missional Community
7. EVANGELISM AND SERVING (Compassion Ministry) * Two Inextricable Links: Gospel and Serving the Poor * Posture of Service and the walls it breaks down * Stories of those coming to faith through service and returning to faith through relationship/service
8. DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVING (Compassion Ministry) * Go and make disciples. What does that mean? * Selfless Service of a Disciple: Serving with a REAL heart to gain nothing. * Obedience, Self-Sacrifice, and Sacrificial giving. * “Nothing of great significance comes without great sacrifice” * The strategy of doing what you least want to do. * Real life transformation.
9. SERVING AND MEASURING SUCCESS * Changing what we evaluate * Faithfulness verses Completed tasks * Trusting God with the Results * People not Programs. * Sustainability: The New Idol * Planting Churches
10. KINGDOM PARTNERSHIP AND SERVING TOGETHER. * What is Kingdom: Really? Do we know? * Keys to the Kingdom. * Non-Profit Partnerships. * Serving Together: Eliminates fear. * Planting Together * Networking Together * Mega and Micro Church partnerships
11. WHAT’S NEXT? * Re-Structuring for Service: Starting Slow. * Structuring for Service: Starting Over. * Maintaining Unity: Serving in a consumer culture without judgment. * Model for Multiplication and Reproducing
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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    What the church should look like.

    Brandon challenges believers to take serious what Christ takes serious... serving the least. This book isn't about 10 easy steps to church growth and it's not a "recipe for success" in getting people through your doors. Rather, it is a challenge to substantiate the claims that we make as Christ-followers by living them. He shows us, through his own church's story (ANC), what community looks like when people are the biggest priority, not the offering plate or size of your lobby. My hope is that church leaders all over will read this book and implement it's principles. Brandon doesn't claim to have all the answers and his humble approach in challenging us to live differently is what gives this book it's appeal. Instead of another overly calculated strategic "catch-all" for ministry implementation we get a "barefoot" version of what Christ's church could and should look like in America. Buy this book, read it, and do it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2014

    Church

    Great ideas for any church. Bold theology.

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

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    Our religious culture is a consumer culture. Whether through wor

    Our religious culture is a consumer culture. Whether through worship services or other church activities, most Christians are spectators rather than an integral part of the action. Brandon Hatmaker, senior pastor of the Austin New Church and co-founder of Missio, wants to change all that. In Barefoot Church: Servicing the Least in a Consumer Culture (Zondervan, 2011), he reminds us that, in the words of James, pure religion requires serving the poor and oppressed, not sitting on the sidelines a few times a week expecting to be entertained. Hatmaker wants to get every member of every church involved in community service projects, which unfortunately have taken a backseat to evangelism.

    There’s a backlash against this view primarily because church leaders tend to fear “social gospel,” the preaching and teaching that society can be saved through prohibition, soup kitchens, and improved sanitation, rather than through Jesus Christ. This isn’t what Hatmaker’s promoting. He’s calling Christians to return service to its rightful place beside the proclamation of the Gospel. He’s looking for barefoot Christians, those willing to give up their shoes for the homeless on the spot, regardless of whether or not there’s an opportunity to convert them.

    Right now, churches direct most of their resources to “getting people in the door.” This method has failed to produce the kind of growth expected. The “unchurched” don’t have their material needs met, and the “dechurched” have left because church, as church is usually done, appears irrelevant to the real world. The solution? Hatmaker advocates a major structural overhaul. His most controversial suggestion? Canceling morning worship service once a month so that the congregation can go out and actually meet the needs of the community.

    When a church’s priorities change, Hatmaker foresees real progress being made. Why obsess over attendance counts when there are orphans to adopt and sex trafficking victims to rehabilitate? And what about partnering with other organizations to give Christians an opportunity to connect with those demographics underrepresented in church, like college professors? The refusal to do so, he points out, is often connected with an unwillingness to set aside some church agenda to get a service job done. In addition, churches crave public recognition for their work, pitting them against nonprofit organizations as competition instead of allies with common goals.

    I enjoyed Barefoot Church largely because it got straight to the point. Yes, there were plenty of stories to illustrate the problem at hand along with Bible verses to convince the reader of the necessity of service, but Hatmaker focuses on the logistics of getting a program set up without burning out leaders or guilt tripping members who don’t have time. One area he doesn’t touch upon nearly enough is conflict within a congregation. Breaking away from the norm will likely cause division. Hatmaker sort of assumes that his readers are working within an autocratic system in which a senior pastor can create new projects and change church structure at whim. However, those coming from situations tightly controlled by the congregation, a team of elders, or a denominational authority need more advice on how to win over others. Yes, the church should make service a priority, but for small congregations especially, everyone needs to be on board with the idea.

    P.S. Hatmaker also has written the Barefoot Church Primer: An 8-week Guide to Serving through Community to help churches get started.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    A challenging read. The author reminds us as followers of Jesus

    A challenging read. The author reminds us as followers of Jesus to DO, to ACT. Take your faith and be a light to the world around you. Show love and benevolence. This book gives some ideas and suggestions on how to do that in church as a group and individually.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    Great Book on How the Church will be revelant in the future

    Honest look at what it means to be a church today. Not preachy. Understands how hard it is for an established church to move from tradition to meeting people where they are and helping in our communities. Lots of good ideas. So good, we bought extra copies for key people in our church.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Sample is not a sample.

    Seven page sample gets you partway thru the table of contents. Not too helpful in getting a taste of the book!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 8, 2012

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