Messy Church: A Multigenerational Mission for God's Family [NOOK Book]

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When you look at the church today, what do you see? A corporation with a CEO at the helm? A social organization that does good things for the community? Pastor Ross Parsley believes that neither of those pictures is God’s desire. Instead, God wants His church to function as a family—a group of real people who love each other and care for one another’s needs, no matter how messy. Our culture is dying for the kind of community that only the church can provide—if we are living as God intended: as a family,...
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Messy Church: A Multigenerational Mission for God's Family

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Overview

When you look at the church today, what do you see? A corporation with a CEO at the helm? A social organization that does good things for the community? Pastor Ross Parsley believes that neither of those pictures is God’s desire. Instead, God wants His church to function as a family—a group of real people who love each other and care for one another’s needs, no matter how messy. Our culture is dying for the kind of community that only the church can provide—if we are living as God intended: as a family, protecting one another, extending grace, and loving unconditionally. We are not called to be consumers who ask what the church can offer us. We are called to love deeply, fight fairly, and bring hope to a generation of people starving to belong to something greater than themselves. Welcome to the family. You belong here.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434705068
  • Publisher: Cook, David C.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 703,431
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

ROSS PARSLEY is Lead Pastor of ONE Chapel, a new church in Austin, Texas. He is also a renowned worship leader. In 2007 Ross helped to guide the church family at New Life Church in Colorado Springs through a major transition as the Interim Senior Pastor. Ross and Aimee have five children.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 13

Introduction: A Beautiful Mess 15

Chapter 1 Waking Up 21

Chapter 2 Church Shopping 32

Chapter 3 Eating Alone at Church 48

Chapter 4 The Family Worship Table 64

Chapter 5 The David Generation 82

Chapter 6 Learning While Leading 96

Chapter 7 Botox Believers 123

Chapter 8 Love Makes a House a Home 141

Chapter 9 The Broken Family 160

Chapter 10 The Blended Family 178

Appendix 1 A Multigenerational Church Service Model (The Five Cs) 195

Appendix 2 Transitioning to a Family Worship Table Format 199

Appendix 3 The Four Cs of Mentoring 203

Additional Resources 205

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    The healing of a church

    I appreciated Ross' perspective on what happened to his church. I also appreciate the difficult decision he made in the process. If we get away from the church programming but think about passing on our faith to the next generation his conclusions are straight forward and make sense.

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  • Posted August 5, 2012

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    Ross Parsley in his new book, “Messy Church” publish

    Ross Parsley in his new book, “Messy Church” published by David C. Cook provides us with A Multigenerational Mission for God’s Family.

    From the back cover: You are in the family of God…it can get messy.

    When you look at your church today, what do you see? A social organization that does good things for the community? A religious corporation with a CEO at the helm? A spiritual and self-help counseling center?
    Pastor Ross Parsley believes that none of these ideas captures God’s design. God sees us more like a family- A multigenerational group of real people who love each other and care for one another’s needs, no matter how messy.

    We are not consumers asking what the church can do for us. We are family members learning how to love deeply, fight fairly, and share selflessly with others. Imagine the generations working together, combining the experience, wisdom, and resources of age with the strength, enthusiasm, and innovation of youth. It’s messy, but full of hope and healing for a generation starving to belong to something greater than themselves.

    Welcome to the family. You belong here.

    When you look at the Israelites in the Bible you see mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers and cousins. Lots and lots of cousins. All twelve tribes are related as they are all cousins due to the fact that they are all descendents of the twelve sons of Jacob. That is the way God has always seen us; we are children of God, co-heirs with Christ, and brothers and sisters with one another in Christ. Somehow the modern church has forgotten its roots. Fear not Ross Parsley knows about family and how the church should be behaving and has given us the tools to starting acting as we should be. “Messy Church” provides pastors, lay pastors and Christians serious about the future of the church with a vision for a better way of doing ministry. When church members begin to act like family everyone benefits. It is time we went back to our roots and became the family of God once again.

    If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand.

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from David C. Cook for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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