The Way of Jesus: Re-Forming Spiritual Communities in a Post-Church Age

The Way of Jesus: Re-Forming Spiritual Communities in a Post-Church Age

by Toby Jones, Doug Pagitt

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Countless books have been written about the impending death of the institutional church, but this one both celebrates the resurrection that will follow and lights the way toward a new kind of spiritual community. The Way of Jesus identifies seven principles upon which authentic and vibrant Christian communities can be built in today's diverse and ever shrinking world. Toby Jones traveled across the country, from San Francisco's Glide Memorial Church to New York's Church of the Holy Apostles, and from Chicago's Wicker Park Grace to Minneapolis's Solomon's Porch. He sojourned with seven communities in all and conducted in-depth interviews with their leaders and participants to reveal what distinguishes resurrection communities from those in precipitous decline. In The Way of Jesus, Jones draws both from the scriptures and from such fresh thinkers as Brian McLaren, Dallas Willard, Doug Pagitt, and Shane Claiborne, offering genuine hope and practical direction to the millions of spiritually homeless. But just as importantly, The Way of Jesus offers a clear path to struggling, shrinking congregations who desire to re-form themselves in a way that is both more faithful to the Gospel and compelling to post-modern generations, who have long since abandoned the institutional church.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498272131
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 154
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Toby Jones is the founder of Living Vision, an alternative spiritual community for those seeking apprenticeship with Jesus. He is the author of The Gospel According to Rock (2007).

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Signs of Death, Signs of Resurrection xv

1 A New Approach to Theology 1

Wicker Park Grace-Chicago, Illinois

2 Disciple Making 18

The Simple Way-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Camden Community House-Camden, New Jersey

3 Communities of Risk and Adventure 36

Solomon's Porch-Minneapolis, Minnesota

4 Radical Inclusiveness 55

Glide Memorial U.M.C.-San Francisco, California

5 Service. Period! 81

The Church of the Holy Apostles-New York, New York

6 Getting Out of the Real Estate Business 94

The Community Church of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff-Lake Bluff, Illinois

7 A Return to Tent-making 109

St. Francis Parish-Scituate, Massachusetts

Living Vision-Harbor Springs, Michigan

Conclusion: Living the Vision & Common Threads 123

Bibliography 131

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