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Church isn’t about structure – it’s about people in community with each other and God. So Simon Reed’s Creating Community gives you a way forward for your church that doesn’t rely on clever and complicated structures that deliver only organisation at best and a straight-jacket at worst.
His book could be titled The Ordinary Church: a Way of Life, says the book’s foreword, as the author shares his vision of a local church that’s the hope of the world and through which each church can find its distinctive calling. Reed redirects attention from trying to attract a crowd to building a community that will grow naturally.
From his own experience Simon proposes three practices that coheres with New Testament practice:
- A way of life.
- A network of soul friends
- A rhythm of prayer.
A member of The Community of Aidan and Hilda, which has Protestant Evangelical, Catholic and Orthodox members, the author is more concerned with the Christian product than with the denominational label.
The book is refreshing and timely for local churches facing up to the new Dark Ages of moral disintegration and the unravelling of society. Reminiscent of Churchill’s plea in the dark ages of World War Two, Simon’s book gives local church leaders the tools so that, with God, you can finish the job you were called to do.
Creating Community by Simon Reed was published by Bible Reading Fellowship in April 2013 and is our 18045th best seller. The ISBN for Creating Community is 9780857460097.
This book works on so many levels! In fact I almost want to just say this book works - read it, find that out for yourself. But then that wouldn't be a very helpful review would it? Whatever words I say here probably won't do it justice - just so we are clear…
This is a foundational guide to doing church, to becoming community and more importantly to living community - something it could perhaps be said we have lost a little. This book guides the reader back onto the track of experiental living, where everything is community rooted and where everything is in its own way an act of prayer, where we live not only our lives but our faith together - even when we are apart!!
It's a guide book for individuals and a study book for churches and real communities - it reflects on ancient ways, yes, but it pulls in the very real and modern life we live using solid examples from the Community of Aidan & Hilda, and also reflection from other communities including the Northumbria Community, L'Arche, The Franciscan Third Order and others - demonstrating the pull towards community, the need for it and the lessons we can learn from it.
So ok perhaps I'm a tad biased, I'm a member of a new, small but real, fresh expressions community here in Lincoln called Luminous... but I still think that this book works and will talk to many, even those that aren't community-centric already because the heart of our gospel, our faith, is community and this book helps lead us into that journey and insight.
The Holy Grail of Community and Discipleship
Posted: Sunday, May 19th
|Author / Artist||Simon Reed|
|Publisher||Bible Reading Fellowship (April 2013)|
|Number of Pages||144|
|Page last updated||2nd October 2017|