The new book by Leadership in the New Parish Certificate facilitators and Inhabit Conference co-creators Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and Dwight J. Friesen was recently released by InterVarsity Press and is currently on the “Hot New Releases” list on Amazon within the Christian Evangelism category.
Watch the official trailer and read the description below for The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community, and be on the lookout for more information on the New Parish book tour, coming to a city near you this summer!
The New Parish by Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight J. Friesen from InterVarsity Press on Vimeo.
“When faith communities begin connecting together, in and for the neighborhood, they learn to depend on God for strength to love, forgive and show grace like never before. The gospel becomes so much more tangible and compelling when the local church is actually a part of the community, connected to the struggles of the people, and even the land itself.” Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and Dwight J. Friesen have seen—in cities, suburbs and small towns all over North America—how powerful the gospel can be when it takes root in the context of a place, at the intersection of geography, demography, economy and culture. This is not a new idea—the concept of a parish is as old as Paul’s letters to the various communities of the ancient church. But in an age of dislocation and disengagement, the notion of a church that knows its place and gives itself to where it finds itself is like a breath of fresh air, like a sign of new life.”