From the Sanctuary to the Streets: How the Dreams of One City's Homeless Sparked a Faith Revolution that Transformed a Community

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What Does it Mean to be Church? Is it spending an hour on Sunday with; people who look, think, and act much as we do? Or is it something more incarnational that seeks out those who are different, the ones living on the margins? For centuries Christians have presumed that we are to take the gospel to the poor. Instead, Wendy McCaig invites us to receive the gospel from the poor. Through a series of encounters with incarcerated, homeless, and impoverished individuals, Wendy McCaig experienced the mysterious power ...

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From the Sanctuary to the Streets: How the Dreams of One City's Homeless Sparked a Faith Revolution that Transformed a Community

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Overview

What Does it Mean to be Church? Is it spending an hour on Sunday with; people who look, think, and act much as we do? Or is it something more incarnational that seeks out those who are different, the ones living on the margins? For centuries Christians have presumed that we are to take the gospel to the poor. Instead, Wendy McCaig invites us to receive the gospel from the poor. Through a series of encounters with incarcerated, homeless, and impoverished individuals, Wendy McCaig experienced the mysterious power of Christian hospitality that turns strangers into family. Her gift for storytelling brings this mysterious transformation to life.

Inspired by the dreams of a homeless mother who wanted to help her neighbors, McCaig started a ministry that empowers formerly homeless individuals to live out their dreams. Together these dreamers are transforming their city one person, one community, and one church at a time. Her true stories of the least, the lost, and the forgotten in her community will show you the Good News becoming reality in the midst of injustice in ways that will inspire you and deepen your faith.

These twenty stories-within-a-story about what ordinary people can do when they come together across racial, economic, and geographic divides to fight poverty will expand your vision of what it means to be the church. With your eyes opened to the needs and gifts of your neighbors, you too can begin to dream God-sized dreams for a hurting world. And as you pray, "thy kingdom come on earth," you will be inspired to live in such a way as to make it happen in your own community.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608990894
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Pages: 182
  • Sales rank: 1,461,973
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy McCaig is the founder and Executive Director of Embrace Richmond, an urban ministry in inner-city Richmond, Virginia. She holds a MDiv and has worked for more than ten years as a leader in the local church, and for another six years serving the homeless. However, her greatest honor is being the mother of three amazing daughters and wife to the most supportive husband ever.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Learning to Dream Again 1

2 Dreaming of a Different Kind of Family 6

3 The Yada Yadas' Dream 18

4 Dreams of a Stranger 24

5 Dreaming of Work 31

6 Dreams of Giving Back 40

7 A Community Dreams 49

8 I Have a Dream of Reconciliation 60

9 Dreams Lost 69

10 Crazy Dreamers 76

11 Sacrificial Dreams 84

12 Dream Stealers 93

13 Dreams of Justice 99

14 Entitled to Dream 109

15 Dreams of Hope 120

16 When Dreams Collide 133

17 Little Dreamers with Big Visions 141

18 Dreams for the Church 152

19 The Wounded Dreamer 158

20 Lessons from a Dreamer 161

Bibliography 167

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  • Posted August 16, 2010

    Encouraging and Engaging

    This book was engaging, encouraging, moving and inspirational. Wendy McCaig's journey and insights are priceless. Anyone interested in poverty, social justice and how to bridge the gap between rich and poor should read this book. The individual stories of those McCaig encountered are incredibly moving and inspire me to continue seeking and studying social justice. McCaid is proof that people can make a big difference in the lives of others and not just in their own communities, but in an entire city.

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