What does church look like in the 21st century? Sanguin uses evolutionary theology to tell the story of the congregation he has served over the past 14 years. He describes the principles, practices and programs that have brought this congregation back to life, despite being located in a neighborhood that consistently rates the highest in North America polling in the category of “no religion”. The book makes a great study guide for church groups who are asking the question: “Where do we begin?” It has the advantage of having been written from the trenches of a congregation needing to balance the budget, grow in numbers, and help its members radiate and share God’s love for our world.
Read the Prologue.
Listen to a podcast with Joel Pitney of EnlightenNext magazine on my chapter What Colour Is Your Christ.
Praise for The Emerging Church
“With refreshing vigour, Bruce Sanguin marries the story of our Christian faith with the story of how God’s universe unfolds as emergent, creative and ecological. This book inspires anew the interweaving of contemplation and action whereby we become an energized movement of radiant disciples with a wider embrace for all, and a deeper appreciation for each one. And it’s pragmatic! A helpful resource to individuals and congregations seeking the courage, la coeur, by which to live a disciplined, emergent life in Christ.”
Mardi Tindal, Director
Moderator, United Church of Canada
“With The Emerging Church Bruce Sanguin dares to walk his talk and to resurrect church life using models from the new cosmology, creation spirituality and his own twenty years of ministry in the trenches. He challenges and he teaches, he offers strategies and he heals, he gives hope and he leads–all vital work if Spirit is to awaken communities to move beyond mere survival to genuine flourishing and deep service. Recommended for all eager to see church renewed!”
Matthew Fox, author of Original Blessing, A New Reformation, A Spirituality Named Compassion
“There is hope for the established Canadian church! Bruce’s experience points to the attitude changes, organizational shifts, and leadership strategies that are necessary for a church to thrive in the emerging world. He models the hard work, spiritual life, and persistent mission demanded of Christ-followers today.”
President, Easum Bandy and Associates
Rev. Bruce –Thank you for writing this amazing and thought provoking book, “The emerging Church.” I love it!! Your book is the primary text for a class I am taking at the Homes Institute in Encinitas, CA and is being taught by Rev. Dr. Jim Lockard.I am blown away by Spiral Dynamics alone but your book – wow – it just hits on so many things I have thought about through the years but felt I was alone with my thoughts. You are an amazing man and I thank you for sharing your journey which, of course, gives your ideas even more validity.Blessings to you,Carol DavisPalm Desert, CA
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