From Our Doorsteps helps congregations see that their context of ministry is no longer within their church's four walls, but the world around. This book enables a congregation to look at ministry opportunities in their community through new lenses of understanding. By looking at the changes in culture towards congregations and with the tools to interpret their community, congregations will see new ways in which they can begin engaging others in a vital faith community. From Our Doorsteps ends with a specific format by which church leaders can develop a ministry plan, and gain its adoption by the congregation so it can succeed in a transformational process of redevelopment that makes sense for the context.
Rick Morse currently serves as a Vice President at Church Extension, a unit of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Morse has been engaged in contextual ministry for more than 30 years. As a young pastor, he redeveloped a congregation in North Idaho more than doubling its attendance in less than 5 years. For the past 25 years he has been engaged in church planting, first as a planter in the Seattle area, and now currently as the leader of the Disciples new church movement. This movement has celebrated more than 600 new church plants with an amazing 80% sustainability rate.