August #BookOfTheMonth: Mission From Below

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A radical and controversial challenge to conventional church leadership: discover Mission From Below, our August #BookOfTheMonth.

“A book that needs to be taken very seriously”
Philip North, Bishop of Burnley

“Challenging lessons for the modern church”
Michael Turnbull, former Bishop of Durham

This is a radical and controversial challenge to the top-down leadership models that are so widespread in the church, instead making the case for a new model of people-driven servant leadership, guided by the Holy Spirit towards kingdom growth rather than church growth.

Using the example of two Loreto Sisters working alongside one of the most socially-deprived communities in North East England, we see how they listened to and affirmed people who felt forgotten and had lost hope. As servant leaders, the Sisters were gradually able to empower the residents of Port Clarence on the River Tees to confront the many injustices heaped upon them, and to take action in improving their lives.

Mission From Below is an inspiring example of how a seriously neglected community can bring about its own transformation without any fads or initiatives imposed from on high by the church.

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Contemporary evangelism is in danger of becoming obsessed with the quick win, of demanding instant results and immediate, measurable returns. However in the urban context, such expectations can lead only to disappointment. Evangelism there is about patient, faithful presence and the slow, long-term processes of building trust and equipping local leaders. I was privileged to work with Janet Hodgson in the Diocese of Durham where she taught me so much about the need to contextualise the Gospel so that our proclamation is based on deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of local people. By focusing on a small religious community who located themselves in Port Clarence, then an all but forgotten and highly deprived corner of Teeside, Janet finds a powerful demonstration of the key emphases of her work. In an age when we are in danger of opting for style over substance in our missional approaches, this is a book that needs to be taken very seriously.

Philip North, Bishop of Burnley

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