Out on the Edge: A Wake-Up Call for Church Leaders on the Edge of the Media Reformation (Book and CD-ROM), edited by Michael Slaughter and the Ginghamsburg Worship Design Team. Reform always happens on the edgenever from the center. Mike Slaughter offers a wake-up call to congregations about a digital media reformation under way on a global scale. Because this is a life-and-death matter for the local churchwhich is blinded by a literal emphasis on printed words instead of joyful experienceSlaughter slices through apathy and resistance toward reaching post-literate unchurched people with the gospel.
A ministry on the edge is a life-and-death proposition. Pre-Christians cannot be welcomed into the family of God unless an incarnational-cultural gospel is offered through images, symbols, and a language that communicates the call of Jesus.
A ministry on the edge is not abstract or cerebral. The edge is shaped as cells. The edge is sharpened by celebration. High-commitment volunteer leaders are called into a journey of high commitment, wellness, and purpose.
A ministry on the edge speaks the koine (or common) language of the people. Multi-sensory Worship (the CD-ROM) is not about broadcasting images and experiences toward the Christian television wasteland. Instead, a socially conscious ministry on the edge uses digital video-technology, projection equipment, desktop computing, and a relentless awareness of the felt need of pre-Christian seekers to bring about wellness and new purpose to hungry souls.
The CD-ROM is a worship team effort. Its content has been developed by Mike Lyons, Debra Welder, Kim Miller, and Jeff Friend, each extraordinary ministers of the Ginghamsburg staff.
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About the Author
Mike Slaughter is the Pastor Emeritus at Ginghamsburg Church. Under his leadership, Ginghamsburg Church has become known as an early innovator of small group ministry, the Church "media reformation," and cyber-ministry. Mike is the author of multiple books for church leaders, including Down to Earth, The Passionate Church, Change the World, Dare to Dream, Renegade Gospel, A Different Kind of Christmas, Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Real Followers, Momentum for Life, UnLearning Church, and Upside Living in a Downside Economy.