- engaging Community
- equipping Deacons
Making Room, Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition
by Christine Pohl
"The contemporary church hungers for models of a more authentic Christian life in which glimpses of the Kingdom can be seen and the promise of the Kingdom is embodied." (Christine Pohl). This book examines the hospitality practices of the early church, the social impact of the loss of these traditions over the centuries, and how the countercultural roles of host and stranger as intended by the gospel can be recovered in our lives, homes, churches and communities. Available through Chapters.ca.
God in the Alley, Being and Seeing Jesus in a Broken World
by Greg Paul
A compelling book written by the founder and director of Sanctuary Ministries. His stories take you into the lives of people in the inner city alleyways of Toronto, revealing profound examples of God's grace at work. Available through Amazon.com.
Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road
by Timothy Keller
Keller explores some principles and practices for individuals, families and churches in the area of mercy ministries. Published by P&R Publishing, 1989.
Community Ministry: New Challenges, Proven Steps to Faith-Based Initiatives
by Carl S. Dudley
The book explores four critical steps for a church that seeks to become intentional in its commitment to reach the community. Published by Alban Institute, 2002.
Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets
by John Kretzmann and John McKnight
The authors provide a guide for "asset-based community development." They argue that the starting point for community-building lies in the "gifts" that already exist in a community. Published by ACTA Publications, 1993.
The Church of Irresistible Influence
by Robert Lewis
Using bridges as a metaphor for "irresistible influence," Robert Lewis shows how a church can become a strong, well-traveled link between itself and the community. Published by Zondervan, 2001.
If Jesus were Mayor: Transformation and the Local Church
by Bob Moffitt
Moffitt writes in plain words to show how the church is God's principal entity and transforming agent to heal the brokenness of the world. Published by Harvest Publishing, 2004.
Beyond Charity: The Call to Christian Community Development
by John Perkins
An excellent summary of the principles that have shaped the Christian Community Development Association that was formed in 1989. Published by Baker Books, 1993.
Restorers of Hope: Reaching the Poor in Your Community with Church-based Ministries that Work
by Amy Sherman
This book provides churches with a good discussion on many issues as they get involved in community ministries. Published by Crossway Books, 1997.
Churches that Make a Difference: Reaching Your Community with Good News and Good Works
by Ronald Sider
This book explores the biblical mandate and develops a number of how-to's for developing and maintaining an effective holistic ministry. Published by Baker Books, 2002.