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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
Posted September 17, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 17, 2013
Posted August 5, 2012
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.
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