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Shifting Stats Shaking The Church: 40 Canadian Churches Respond Paperback – 2015

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: World Vision Canada (2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0921485387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0921485384
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Canada is home to one of the most multi-ethnic, multicultural, multi-religious populations on the planet and we’re facing some of the most significant upheavals in our nation’s history. So what does this mean for Christ’s church? Shifting Stats offers a fresh take and a hopeful outlook on the Canadian church. Hope is found in these 40 stories of real churches across our nation. These Christians are responding creatively to the shifting landscape. They are changing communities—becoming invaluable neighbours—and helping to build the kingdom of God. If you’re active in one of Canada’s many thousands of congregations—as a leader or a layperson—you’ll find Shifting Stats to be an effective and helpful resource. This book will serve to inform, inspire, encourage and motivate you to respond with resilience and simple authenticity wherever God has placed you. 2016 Word Guild Book of the Year in Culture.

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Margaret Mead was attributed with saying,

"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For indeed, that's all who ever have."

In an age when the Canadian church may feel dwarfed by contrary voices and philosophies, more than a few caring churches are responding to their communities with life changing words and deeds.

World Vision commissioned two journalists Patricia Paddey and Karen Stiller to report on 40 Canadian churches involved in community transformation. What you will read will encourage a more positive view of the Canadian church. This is really a small sample of the innovation and compassionate ministry taking place in our communities.

Statistics may point to a diminishing church in Canadian culture, but she is a dark horse passionately running to the finish line. The church is not dying, she is changing. The Lord of the Church is making sure of that.
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If you think the church in Canada is dying, this book will destroy that myth quickly. Although national demographics do not always support the effectiveness of the broadly evangelical church in Canada, Patricia Paddey & Karen Stiller (2015, WorldVision) have compiled 40 stories demonstrating that Canadian Christians are both active and effective in sharing the Gospel in various practical ways across the country. From the furniture factory in Gander, Newfoundland to the Filipino congregation in Whitehorse, Yukon to the multicultural gathering in Abbotsford, BC, and various places in between, these short (3-5 pages) chapters tell encouraging, inspiring, and challenging ways congregations across Canada are serving their local areas (and beyond) and the Gospel is making a difference as people live it out. A variety of denominations and non-denominational churches are represented with a range of sizes, ages, and locations (rural, urban, suburban). Additionally, resources at the end of each chapter provide a person with necessary information to identify parallel needs/ways to minister for their context, while learning more about the needs nationally. A worthwhile read if you are a Christian in Canada that will challenge and encourage your faith. www.stevenibbotson.wordpress.com
This book was provided free of charge for blog review purposes by Graf-Martin Communications.
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Shifting Stats in Canada is a sampling of what various congregations are doing in various contexts across Canada. On the one hand the vignettes give a glimpse to the ways various churches are trying to address contemporary realities, however presenting the vignettes devoid of contextual depth or a discussion of the theologies that led particular congregations to make the choices they did makes the book little more than a list of what others are doing.
My disappointment is that the question that Shifting Stat does not answer and I expected it would is this: "what do these various ways that congregations are exploring ministry tell us about what it might mean to be the body of Christ in Canada today and in the future?"
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This was a helpful book in reviewing what some churches are doing to address the shifting culture that we live in.

It was a good reminder of the importance to minister effectively to the world around us, and celebrate ministry and what God is doing around us.

The book could have been improved by addressing shifts and advice more specifically interspersed between the stories.

I think this is a helpful book to provide a passion for the world around us, and challenge status quo in seeking to be healthy churches reaching and ministering to people for the glory of God.

This book was provided free of charge for an honest review by Graf Marketing and World Vision Canada.
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Do you get discouraged at times that church life just doesn’t seem to be cutting it in reaching our society for Jesus? I do. Reading the book “Shifting Stats Shaking the Church” (World Vision) with its “40 stories of real Canadian churches who are facing the new realities of our cultural landscape head-on” gave me hope. In many unique ways there are all sizes of churches, from many denominations, responding creatively to the changing needs. This book is full of resource links and inspiration to help us do the same wherever God has placed us. This book was provided to me from Graf-Martin Communications and World Vision in exchange for an honest review.
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