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A New Kind of Big : How Churches of Any Size Can Partner to Transform Communities - Chip Sweney

A New Kind of Big

How Churches of Any Size Can Partner to Transform Communities

Paperback Published: 1st January 2011
ISBN: 9780801013690
Number Of Pages: 190

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There's a growing desire among believers to reach beyond the walls of their churches to impact communities for God. But when the average church size hovers around 150 members and the problems of even midsized cities seem insurmountable, how can we hope to make a difference? "A New Kind of Big" tells the inspiring story of how Perimeter Church in suburban Atlanta started a partnership called Unite with other area churches in order to increase its reach in a community that desperately needed God's light and aid. This partnership has grown to a network of nearly 150 churches that are bringing kingdom transformation to Atlanta. For instance, on just one weekend in 2007, 6,000 volunteers from over 60 churches in metro Atlanta gathered to work on 250 service projects inside the ten-mile radius around Perimeter Church. Thirty welcome baskets were delivered to refugees, a dozen homes were repaired, a thousand Bibles were given away, 750 "encourage a teacher" gift bags were distributed. And that's not all: volunteers orchestrated 20 block parties in low-income apartment communities and 65 neighborhood food drives that collected 25,000 pounds of food.

Chip Sweney shows Christian leaders how they too can discover the power of this "new kind of big" to pool their resources, energy, and time to minister to their communities, no matter how long or short their membership rolls.

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Forewordp. 11
A New Kind of Big: Are You Ready to Dream Big Again?p. 13
Turning Our Hearts Inside Out: First Steps toward Becoming a Church of Influencep. 21
Cityscape-Community Transformation on the Horizon
Big Questions with Big Answers: Where Are We Going?p. 37
Cityscape-New York City: Lessons about Prayer from the Big Apple
Diagram of a Dream: Inventing the Wheelp. 51
Cityscape-A Boundaryless City: The Friendship Factor
The Epic Becomes Us: Education, Poverty, Family, Justicep. 71
The Human Chain: Developing Community Partnershipsp. 83
Cityscape-Long Beach: The Church as a Catalyst
Transformation: It Works Both Waysp. 99
Cityscape-Little Rock: New Paradigms in Structure
Unity: But First We Experienced a Splitp. 109
We Have Liftoff: The First Compassion in Action Weekendp. 119
Cityscape-Knoxville: Doing Our Homework
Orbit: Launching Christians into Channels of Influencep. 135
Cityscape-Atlanta: Big Starts Small
Measuring Success: Preparing the Thanksgiving Feastp. 151
Making Music: The Song Swells as We Partner with Othersp. 163
Community Outreach: How Perimeter Church Developed Its Community Outreach Department (2002)p. 173
Unite! Creating an Ongoing Movementp. 177
A Study of Duluth: Project Overviewp. 181
Community Research: A Relational, Asset-Based Approachp. 185
Notesp. 187
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ISBN: 9780801013690
ISBN-10: 0801013690
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 1st January 2011
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.62  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.27