Giving Church Another Chance
Everybody wants to be spiritual. But nobody wants to be religious. Everybody is looking for a rich spiritual life. But nobody is looking to church.As a pastor, Todd Hunter found himself disillusioned, burned out and needing to drop out of...
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Everybody wants to be spiritual. But nobody wants to be religious. Everybody is looking for a rich spiritual life. But nobody is looking to church.As a pastor, Todd Hunter found himself disillusioned, burned out and needing to drop out of traditional forms of church. He experimented with house churches and other options but was still dissatisfied. Eventually he found himself sneaking off to worship services on Sunday mornings with surprising results.What did the historic spiritual practices of church do for him? How did they lead to a life of centered peace, chart a path to simplicity and cause him to reach out to others while focusing on the glory of God?Walk with Hunter on this journey to find spiritual riches in a surprising place. You might just give church another chance.
Bishop Todd Hunter (D.Min., George Fox University) of the Anglican Mission in the Americas, is the founding pastor of Holy Trinity Church, an Anglican church in Costa Mesa, California. Dr Hunter is a church planter and a teacher, writer and consultant for his ministry, Society for Kingdom Living, which helps pastors and lay leaders reach a generation that has been disenfranchised from the church.
Formerly national director at Vineyard Churches USA and then at Alpha USA, Hunter continues to serve as consultant to Alpha and as part of the Alpha Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He also serves on a number of other ministry boards, including RENOVARE and Soul Survivor. To find out more, visit his website: www.3isenough.org.
He has recently authored the book Christianity Beyond Belief: Following Jesus for the Sake of Others; The Outsider Interviews (Baker Books, 2010); Giving Church Another Chance: Finding New Meaning in Spiritual Practices and The Accidental Anglican: The Surprising Appeal of the Liturgical Church.
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- Everybody Wants To Be Spiritual. But Nobody Wants To Be Religious. Everybody Is Looking For A Rich Spiritual Life. But Nobody Is Looking To Church.as A Pastor, Todd Hunter Found Himself Disillusioned, Burned Out And Needing To Drop Out Of Traditional Forms Of Church. He Experimented With House Churches And Other Options But Was Still Dissatisfied. Eventually He Found Himself Sneaking Off To Worship Services On Sunday Mornings With Surprising Results.what Did The Historic Spiritual Practices Of Church Do For Him? How Did They Lead To A Life Of Centered Peace, Chart A Path To Simplicity And Cause Him To Reach Out To Others While Focusing On The Glory Of God?walk With Hunter On This Journey To Find Spiritual Riches In A Surprising Place. You Might Just Give Church Another Chance.
- Foreword By Scott Mcknight
- Preface: From Churched To Dechurched To Rechurched
- Introduction: Doing The Faith For The Sake Of Others
- 1 Going To Church: Being Sent As Ambassadors Of The Kingdom
- 2 Quiet Prelude: A Life Of Centered Peace
- 3 Singing The Doxology: Radiating The Glory Of God
- 4 Scripture Reading: Embodying The Story
- 5 Hearing Sermons: An Easy-yoke Life Of Obedience
- 6 Following Liturgy: A Lifestyle Of The Work Of The People
- 7 Giving An Offering: Simplicity Of Life
- 8 Taking Communion: A Life Of Thankfulness
- 9 Receiving The Benediction: Blessing Others
- Conclusion: Putting The Spiritual Practices Of Church To Use
- Group Exercises