Shifting Stats Shaking The Church: 40 Canadian Churches Respond Paperback – 2015
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
"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.
This book was provided free of charge for blog review purposes by Graf-Martin Communications.
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?"
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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So I'm reading the book, got it because my current church, First Baptist Church Lloydminster, is in it, then suddenly my grandma is in it. No joke. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
While we all need to concern ourselves more with practically "loving our neighbour" and getting outside the walls and gatherings of our sacred assemblies, we must continue to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dr. Roger Helland