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This book is not a reactionary diatribe.
This book is a gentle manifesto against the status quo.
In The Prodigal Church, Jared Wilson challenges church leaders to reconsider their priorities when it comes to how they "do church" and reach people in their communities, arguing that we too often rely on loud music, flashy lights, and skinny jeans to get people in the door.
Writing with the grace and kindness of a trusted friend, Wilson encourages readers to reexamine the Bible's teaching, not simply return to a traditional model for tradition's sake. He then sets forth an alternative to both the attractional and the traditional models: an explicitly biblical approach that is gospel focused, grace based, and fruit oriented.
Number of Pages: 192
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Jared C. Wilson is the director of content strategy at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, and managing editor of the seminary's website for gospel-centered resources, For the Church. He is a popular author and conference speaker, and also blogs regularly at Gospel Driven Church, hosted by the Gospel Coalition. His books include Your Jesus Is Too Safe, Gospel Wakefulness, Gospel Deeps, The Pastors Justification, The Storytelling God, and The Wonder-Working God.
President and CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources
Jared Wilson paints a vivid picture of the grievous outcome of church centered on programmatic pragmatism instead of the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. His critical analysis and probing confrontation, coupled with his personal encounter with grace, has the potential to bring the church to her senses and usher her back to our Father's restorative embrace. The Prodigal Church is a desperately needed wake-up call.
Visionary Leader, Soma; Pastor, Doxa Church, Bellevue, Washington
The Prodigal Church is indeed a gentle manifesto against the status quo. Wilson writes with humility, urgency, and true pastoral concern for God's people. He pushes back against the consumerism and pragmatism so prevalent in twenty-first-century congregations, and points the church to something far superior - the gospel of Jesus Christ. All who love the local church will benefit from reading this book.
-Jason Allen, President,
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College
Jared Wilson writes that we've forgotten "who the church is for." He rightly, and with a kind spirit, questions the status quo in this book. The church is not a consumer experience. It's not supposed to be a volunteer-draining, CEO-driven business. No, it's much bigger, better, and more beautiful than that.
CURE International; storyteller; radio host
Although I don't agree with all of the conclusions Jared comes to, he asks penetrating questions and lovingly argues as a man who deeply loves Jesus, the gospel, the church, and pastors. I am fully confident that what he has written here will save some weary pastors from burning out and will make The Village Church a healthier place.
Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network