Sign Up for “The Connecting Church 2.0″ blog tour – Randy Frazee

Randy Frazee, The Connecting Church 2.0, neighborhood ministryWhen I read The Connecting Church 2.0 I was struck by the radical nature of Randy Frazee’s message. (And I mean “radical” in the best way possible.) In this book Frazee calls church leaders to intentionally change their lifestyles so that reaching out to your neighbors – really knowing them, and living life with them – becomes the central focus of your ministry. Then he demonstrates how to set up a church structure so that the whole congregation is focused on their neighbors – the people right next door. At one point Frazee even asks readers to consider moving closer to their church or picking churches that are closer to their homes in an effort to cut down on commute times and to more deeply engage their neighborhoods. See what I mean by radical?

It was a concept that struck me as brilliant and obvious at the same time. I thought it was obvious at first because I thought, “Well of course we’re supposed to reach out to our neighbors.” But then it struck me as brilliant because I realized – “How many of our churches are actually structured to minister to the people right next door?” The answer is “far too few.”

As I read the book I was sitting in my kitchen. The kitchen has a window that looks out onto the driveway and into my neighbor’s yard. The exterior wall of my home is perhaps twenty-five feet from the exterior wall of my neighbor’s home. I looked up from the book and out the window and realized that I barely knew my neighbor beyond his first name. I didn’t even know his wife’s name at all. In fact, I realized I wasn’t even sure if they were married.

How could I know so little about the people I see in passing nearly every day? If I barely know them, how could I possibly serve them or share Jesus with them?

That’s when Frazee’s message really started to strike a chord. I’ve  got to do a better job of getting to know my neighbors and loving them the way Jesus does. And you know what? I’ve never heard a sermon preached or a Bible study taught that included tangible, real-life ways to get into the lives of those living around us.

If any of this resonates with you, then I encourage you to sign up for The Connecting Church 2.0 Blog Tour. You’ll get a free copy of the book to review, and I guarantee you’ll be challenged by Frazee’s message, and inspired to be more intentional about serving your neighbors. Details about the blog tour are included at the link above.

-Andrew

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