|THE CONNECTING CHURCH|
by Randy Frazee
God created us for community. He implanted in our hearts a "longing for
belonging." Unfortunately, trends in American society foster loneliness
instead of community and leave this longing unsatisfied. These trends are
even in the church. They frustrate our efforts to build authentic community
through small groups and Sunday school classes.
Frazee confronts these powerful trends and offers a biblically based model
for building real community in the local church.
According to Frazee, the three powerful trends that frustrate community
building are individualism, isolation, and consumerism. To develop
authentic community, the local church needs to develop a common purpose
(which counteracts individualism), meet at a common place (which counteracts
isolation), and share common possessions (which counteracts consumerism).
Frazee is the senior pastor of Pantego Bible Church in Arlington, Texas.
The model he presents is used at Pantego Bible Church. His insistence on
placing small groups within walking distance of the members' homes is the
book's most innovative suggestion.
The Connecting Church is clearly and simply written. It utilizes solid
biblical exegesis and keen social analysis to offer practical suggestions
for how the church can satisfy the God-given longing for belonging. I
highly recommend this book to pastors and lay leaders who are committed to
building authentic Christian community in their churches.
Reviewed by George P. Wood, associate pastor, SeaCoast Community Church,
Seal Beach, California
enrichment - A Journal for Pentecostal Ministry, Summer 2002, page 132,