The church is not just a building; it is an assembly of people who need a vision. Here is inspiration for a radically biblical vision that will both minister to and involve your churchs assembly.
Michael A. Milton is Chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary, where he is also the James M. Baird Jr. Chair of Pastoral Theology. He is the host of the national Bible teaching television program Faith for Living, a songwriter and recording artist, and the author of numerous books. Previously he was the senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
As a seasoned pastor Dr. Milton provides a great model for how local congregations can practice what it means to be "Reformed and always reforming." The topics and questions raised in the book are of the sort that will extend its usefulness decades after purchase. This book is strong model of what it means to encourage the type of spiritual discernment that will not only revitalize congregations but also ignite new fires for churches to pursue their calling in mission of God. Dr. Milton delivers a book that will be useful for staff and church officers but also Sunday school and small group settings. If your church is in transition or needs to rekindle the fires that formed it, I would recommend skipping the outside consultants and having your entire congregation work through this book together and watch God work.
Mike Milton's Sacred Assembly is a gift to the church. Proved in the laboratory of Mike's own pastoral ministry, it exhibits that marvelous mixture of Scripture and story, theology and wise application, objective truth and personal insight, that we have come to expect from one of the foremost leaders and theological educators of our day.
This book reminds me of the fifth, sixth, and seventh books of the Old Testament. At the end of Deuteronomy, Israel bade farewell to one leader, Moses, and at the beginning of the Book of Joshua, the next leader is introduced. The same scenario is repeated at the end of Joshua and the beginning of the Book of Judges. Leaders change but the Lord and His mission do not. Mike Milton recently succeeded Ric Cannada as the leader of one of the top theological seminaries in the world. This book makes it clear that, while the leaders have changed, the Lord and that institutions mission to serve Him in bringing biblical renewal to Christs church, have not. This is a Kingdom encouragement for all who love Him and His church. I highly commend this book.
Dr. Michael Milton is a born leader with a keen mind that cuts to the chase and a heart that burns with passion for the gospel. He comes at this subject as one who has walked the walk. If you are a pastor or worship leader you need to read his book on the Sacred Assembly. If you are not a pastor or worship leader, you need to buy two copies, one for yourself and one to give to your pastor. I do not doubt that you and your church will be far better off for reading what Mike Milton has to say in these pages. As a teacher of worship and preaching, I intend to make it required reading for all my students.
"Mike Milton's Finding a Vision for Your Church could be yet another 'this is how to bring revival to your church' book. Thankfully it is not. Instead, reflecting on Scripture and using his own experience he introduces us to questions that every church should ask and reflect upon. As a Scotsman, I particularly warmed to the fact that this book is in my view applicable outside the North American context, as well as within. The Vision is God's - by His grace I pray that Mike's book would help us to find and implement that wonderful plan that the Lord has for his Church "
Mike Milton has brought to the table not only his extensive experience in leadership and lessons learned in pastoral ministry, but more importantly faithful, biblical insights for the spiritual vitality of the church. I personally enjoy the privilege of ministry in partnership with RTS and Mike Milton for the cause of biblically healthy and effective churches and Im extremely excited about this resource which I highly commend to you. We are once again indebted to Gods grace overflowing to us through Mikes endeavor.
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