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Messy Church: Finding Your Place in the Family of God
David C. Cook / 2012 / Paperback
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* God created the church to be a family not a corporation. How can we fulfill his vision? Showing how to build a true community, Parsley offers practical, biblically based guidance to help you provide a place where each person is known, loved, protected, and accepted---and where everybody's deepest needs are met. 208 pages, softcover from Cook.
We Are the Family of God.
When you look at the church today, what do you see? A corporation with a CEO at the helm? A social organization that does good things for the community?
Pastor Ross Parsley believes that neither of those pictures is Gods desire. Instead, God wants His church to function as a familya group of real people who love each other and care for one anothers needs, no matter how messy.
Our culture is dying for the kind of community that only the church can provideif we are living as God intended: as a family, protecting one another, extending grace, and loving unconditionally.
We are not called to be consumers who ask what the church can offer us. We are called to love deeply, fight fairly, and bring hope to a generation of people starving to belong to something greater than themselves. Welcome to the family. You belong here.
ROSS PARSLEY is Lead Pastor of ONE Chapel, a new church in Austin, Texas. He is also a renowned worship leader. In 2007 Ross helped to guide the church family at New Life Church in Colorado Springs through a major transition as the Interim Senior Pastor. Ross and Aimee have five children.
"The title of Ross's carefully thought-out book is catchy, but make no mistake. There's nothing "messy" about his life, heart, or ministry. The practicality of his leadership is verifiable, his integrity reliable, his credibility certifiable, and his heart for God clearly manifest in his worship ministry and leadership." - Jack Hayford, Chancellor, The Kings University, Los Angeles
"With powerful insight, personal experience, and refreshing transparency, Ross reveals a message needed to make your spiritual journey make sense. Allow the Holy Spirit to challenge and inspire you as you begin to understand the kind of church God usesMessy Church." - Chris Hodges, Senior Pastor, Church of the Highlands, Author of Fresh Air
"Messy Church, by Ross Parsley, is a living and divine philosophical underpinning upon which many can stand. It speaks of relationship with God. I hear the Father speaking through Ross into the storm of people rushing to fulfill their calling in the Kingdom of God. This is a clear reflection of what God is indeed saying to the Church in these days. Basically this: His Kingdom is to be based upon Relationship, rather than on Authority." - Britt Hancock, Founder of Mountain Gateway Ministries
"When Ross Parsley writes a book about the local church, we all should read it. He is one of the brightest young pastors in our nation and a true friend in the ministry." - Brady Boyd, Pastor, New Life Church, author, Fear No Evil
"Messy Church will literally mess you up, but in a good way. I love how Ross Parsley is able to showcase a concept that often takes us down a negative, critical road and instead highlights the hope, life, restoration and purpose we can find in spiritual family. He truly helps us to see that through the good, the bad, and the ugly, family is still family. Not only will your perspective change, but you will put this down and walk away with tons of practical ways to create a culture of spiritual family that everyone needs." - Dino Rizzo, Lead Pastor of Healing Place Church and author of Servolution
"Ross combines life lessons shaped by profound experience with a delightfully conversational style of communication to bring to us a message that is both significant in substance and enjoyable in style. In a day when ecclesiology (our theology about the church) is being reinvented, we need books like this that hold us to the center. A profitable read!" - Bob Sorge, Author, www.oasishouse.com
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