God Next Door: Spirituality & Mission in the Neighbourhood
Simon Carey Holt has listened to the experiences of numerous men and women of faith living in a variety of urban and suburban neighbourhoods, and uncovered the spiritual possibilities of our neighbourhoods. His inspiring stories open up exciting new possibilities...
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Simon Carey Holt has listened to the experiences of numerous men and women of faith living in a variety of urban and suburban neighbourhoods, and uncovered the spiritual possibilities of our neighbourhoods. His inspiring stories open up exciting new possibilities for 21st century mission.
What if God lived next door?
Would you recognise him?
Would you talk to him at the fence or avoid catching his eye?
Would you love him as you love yourself?
Isn't it ironic when the single most recognised Christian responsibility to others – 'to love your neighbour as yourself' – is generalised as a command to love everyone, with little reference to real neighbours in the same street who remain virtually anonymous. And what does it mean for our understanding of 'loving neighbour' when churches replace locality references with more catchy names that reflect ethos rather than locality? 'Regional' or 'city' focused churches or ones established in less communal settings, such as factory complexes also diminish the focus on local communities.
Beautifully written, easily read and full of real stories Holt reminds us of how the local neighbourhood can be a place of ministry and of God's presence. God Next Door shows how life and ministry can be enriched by an intentional focus on the place and the people near where we live.
Choosing to engage with our neighbourhoods as places of community requires a level of creativity and purpose but Simon Holt shows that the rewards are great – for both families and churches. Nurturing community in the local area is a challenging task but it ought to be seen as an intentional one for Christians – a vital part of the mission of the church.
WINNER AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2008. What if God lived next door? Would you recognise him, talk to him at the fence or avoid catching his eye? Simon Carey Holt has uncovered the spiritual possibilities of our urban and suburban neighbourhoods. Simon Carey Holt is Lecturer in Spirituality at Whitley College (University of Melbourne & Melbourne College of Divinity).
- Catalogue Code 263297
- Product Code 9780908284634
- ISBN 0908284632
- EAN 9780908284634
- Pages 164
- Department General Books
- Category Christian Living
- Sub-Category Evangelism
- Publisher Acorn Press
- Publication Date Jan 2007
- Sales Rank 23871
- Dimensions 200 x 135 x 10mm
- Weight 0.204kg
Simon Carey Holt (PhD., Fuller Theological Seminary) is Lecturer in Spirituality at Whitley College (University of Melbourne & Melbourne College of Divinity). He lives with his family in the city of Melbourne, a place for which he has the deepest affection. Previously a pastor and church planter, Simon works actively with faith communities seeking a more authentic connection with their local neighbourhoods. He has authored God Next Door: Spirituality and mission in the neighbourhood and co-edited essays in honour of Robert Banks The Bible and the Business of Life.
- Preface; 1. Neighbourhoods Matter; Part One: Neighbourhoods Now; Introduction; 2. Lost, Found Or Liberated? Urbanisation And Community; 3. A Suburban State Of Mind: Suburbia & The Private Life; 4. Up, Up And Away: Mobility & Neighbourhood Cohesion; Conclusion; Part Two: Neighbourhoods & The Call Of God; Introduction; 5. A Biblical Mandate: The Call To Neighbourliness; 6. A Theological Imperative: The Call To Neighbourhood; Conclusion; Part Three: Neighbourhoods & Mission, Disciplines Of Engagement; Introduction; 7. Naming: Seeing In Believing; 8. Celebrating: Let The Party Begin!; 9. Nurturing: Helping Communities Flourish; 10. Inviting: Pointing The Way To Jesus; Conclusion; Notes.