Daily Archives: June 25, 2012
The blog tour is this week! I’ll be keeping a list below of the stops on the tour. I will update it as the reviews are posted. So be sure to check back.
If you serve in an outreach ministry either through your church or through another non-profit organization I highly recommend this book to you. These blog links will give you many ideas as to why this book is one not to miss. Read on!
- Stop #1: Richard Burkey’s review - This blog isn’t officially part of the tour, but it’s a great post to get us started. Here’s a line from the review that I really enjoyed: “Laurie Beshore does more then write a how to move your church into the community. She writes of stories and transformation, mistakes and missteps. She doesn’t come off with having all the answers, just a simple plan follow where God guides, bring His love and keep at it, no matter how many missteps along the way.”
- Stop #2: Gary Ware’s “MGPC Pastor’s Blog” – Gary is one of our regular reviewers and blog tourers (tourers?). Gary ends his review with some thoughts on what he’s “not sure about”. I thought they were worth posting here because others may have something to add: “I’d like to see some of the biblical underpinnings for the contention that the work of the church, empowered by the Gospel in this current age, is to effect the redemption and restoration of all creation. (pg 139) I accept social mission is an integral aspect of Christian life, I don’t know that it’s part of our great commission.”
- Stop #3: Chris Kidd, minister in the UK – Chris mentions one of the author’s ideas that stuck with me too: You have to create safe opportunities for new volunteers to get involved if you hope to recruit new people into your ministry.
- Stop #4: Conrade Yap’s “Panorama of a Book Saint” blog: Dr. Yap is one of my favorite reviewers to follow. He has a way with words. Like these: “Outreach is about building bridges with planks of love. We cannot look at the gulf before us and get discouraged into non-action. Instead, we need to realize how deep God’s love is for miserable old me, so that we can share the love of God, as one beggar showing another beggar where to find food.”
- Stop #5: Random Thoughts about Life blog: This blogger posted a quick excerpt from the book. Thanks for the nugget to think on, Martin!
- Stop #6: Let Them Come: This blogger relates the message of the book to her experience volunteering in VBS.