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About "Already Missional"
Your congregation is teeming with people already doing community ministry. They just don't know it yet. This book knocks down the church walls that keep parishioner ministry hidden from congregational view. Do parishioners know that their already-mission counts as ministry in your congregation? Parishioners are already on mission raising their children, caring for elderly parents, volunteering in the community, supporting neighbors in crisis, serving on charity boards, donating to food banks, and fundraising for important causes. This book counts this already-mission as Christian service. When parishioners sacrifice their time, talents, and treasures to be the good news for others, they are on mission for God. Even if they don't know it. Already missional congregations help people connect their personal mission with their faith. Already missional congregations see parishioners as community partners in ministry. This book provides the steps needed to connect your congregation's mission strategy with the rich and varied already-mission lived daily by parishioners. Already Missional is your congregation's guide to being a community partner. ""A missional must-read! Arising from Brad Morrison's effective congregational leadership, Already Missional is an engaging and delightful resource designed to help Christian communities develop a missional imagination. Drawing on the strengths of the gathered community, Morrison offers an impressive and theologically rich toolkit for partnering with the Spirit of God at work in the neighborhood."" --Ross Lockhart, Associate Professor, St. Andrew's Hall, Vancouver; Director of the Centre for Missional Leadership ""Already Missional rises from the new landscape of God's love at work in the world. It offers a practical tool to both chart and travel a course of deep meaning and vital mission. It provides a way to unleash people's passion and gifts and then, in love, do something about it!"" --Robert Dalgleish, Executive Director, Edge: A Network for Ministry Development, The United Church of Canada ""In Already Missional, Bradley Morrison has taken the next step in the mission movement by providing a way for congregations and their leaders to close the distance between theology and praxis... . Synthesizing the fields of missiology and social psychology, Morrison provides tools that can help leadership in every parish discern the shape of the mission God gives them to do in their local context."" --William Danaher, Rector, Christ Church Cranbrook; Professor, Theology, Ethics and the Arts, Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit Bradley T. Morrison is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Huron University College in London, Canada. Brad is an ordained minister in The United Church of Canada with over twenty years of congregational ministry experience. He is a Registered Psychotherapist (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario) and Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He has an MDiv (Toronto), MTS, MTh, and DMin (Waterloo Lutheran Seminary).