Go to Church, Change the World: Christian Community As Calling

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In a time when many are questioning the relevance of the church to their spiritual journeys, this book makes a bold case that "going to church" is intrinsic to Christian faith. Drawing on Anabaptist life and conviction, Mast presents Christ's call to all believers to be the church, whether gathered for worship or scattered for service. By exploring such practices as baptism, communion, singing, and group discernment, he asks us to consider how participation in the life of the church shapes our daily witness—how ...

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Overview

In a time when many are questioning the relevance of the church to their spiritual journeys, this book makes a bold case that "going to church" is intrinsic to Christian faith. Drawing on Anabaptist life and conviction, Mast presents Christ's call to all believers to be the church, whether gathered for worship or scattered for service. By exploring such practices as baptism, communion, singing, and group discernment, he asks us to consider how participation in the life of the church shapes our daily witness—how "going to church" transforms "going to work" in the world that God loves.

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What People Are Saying

John Stahl-Wert
We are both free and able...to participate in the fullness of God's kingdom. This highly inviting and encouraging book reminds us how this works, and draws us deeper into the life we are living, and for which we long. (John Stahl-Wert, best-selling author of The Serving Leader, Ten Thousand Horses, and With: A True Story)
Irma Fast Dueck
Gerald Mast's book offers a compelling view of the necessity of the church in enabling Christian faith and witness. For Mast the church is a doorway to knowing and experiencing the Christian life in its fullest. (Irma Fast Dueck, associate professor of practical theology, Canadian Mennonite University)
Quentin J. Schultze
This book warmly, wisely, and humbly proclaims what every Christian needs to hear today—that we are called to celebrate the good news in community. Mast seamlessly integrates worship, community, and good works in the world. (Quentin J. Schultze, Arthur H. DeKruyter chair, Calvin College)
Crystal Downing
Offering profound insights about claims on our time and claims in the Bible, about being possessed by the truth and acting according to it, Go to Church doesn't just enlighten the mind, it moves the soul. (Crystal Downing, professor of English and film studies, Messiah College)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836195644
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2011
  • Pages: 189
  • Sales rank: 1,121,798
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald J. Mast, the author, is professor of communication at Bluffton University. A graduate of Malone College, he received a PhD in rhetoric and communication from the University of Pittsburgh.

He is the author of Separation and the Sword in Anabaptist Persuasion (2006) and co-author, with J. Denny Weaver, of Defenseless Christianity (2009). He has also co-edited Teaching Peace: Nonviolence and the Liberal Arts (2003) and The Work of Jesus Christ in Anabaptist Perspective (2008).

Mast was born and raised in Holmes County, Ohio, with deep family roots in the Amish and conservative Mennonite communities. Throughout his life, he has remained affiliated with the Mennonite church and is a member of First Mennonite Church of Bluffton, Ohio. Currently he is vice-chair of The Mennonite magazine board and editor of Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History.

Mast is married to Carrie (Roth) Mast and is the father of three young children.

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