A change agent wants to alter the way the world works. Creative, driven, difficult, these people have visions that they wrench into reality. Steve Chalke turned a church into the hub of its inner-city community. In Change Agents , he...
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A change agent wants to alter the way the world works. Creative, driven, difficult, these people have visions that they wrench into reality. Steve Chalke turned a church into the hub of its inner-city community. In Change Agents, he shares lessons he learned—hard-won, wryly told, and immensely practical—as his vision took form and life.
Change agents are pioneers, entrepreneurs, innovators. They can be difficult, annoying, and demanding. But their calling is demanding too: to take a vision and wrench it into reality.
When Steve Chalke was asked to be the senior minister of a dying inner-city church, he knew what he wanted: to make it into a Christian equivalent of a first-century synagogue. A place where the community gathered, not just to pray and hear sermons, but to be educated, entertained, and find help.
Making it all happen was the harder part. In Change Agents, the author shares twenty-five lessons he learned during this work. He had to teach himself to respond, not react; say no more than yes, give up being everyone’s friend, and accept that any success was only a short respite between two crises.
Employing wry humor, personal examples, and a large helping of practical advice, Steve Chalke reminds us our enterprise, not our caution, with the Word of God is what’s rewarded. Christ waits and watches for us to take risks and create change in the church, the community, and the world at large.
Steve Chalke is the founder of Oasis Global, the Faithworks Movement, Parentalk, and the Church.co.uk Network. In 2004 he was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his work in social inclusion. He is currently the Guinness World Record holder of the most charitable money ever raised through a single sporting event, having captured his title at the 2007 London Marathon from Sir Steve Redgrave.
He is the author of a number of challenging books on the Emergent church including Intelligent Church: A Journey Towards Christ-Centred Community, The Lost Message of Jesus, Change Agents: 25 Hard-Learned Lessons in the Art of Getting Things Done and Trust: A Radical Manifesto. Most recently he has written Apprentice: Walking the Way of Christ.
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