“Thousands of volumes have been filled with reflections on the church, but few have encouraged and supported actual congregations in which sheep are trying to hear and obey the shepherd’s voice.”
• Theodore Hopkins and Robert Kolb
What challenges keep congregations from inviting community, and being inviting communities, in North America today? How can churches effectively proclaim and embody the gospel in the midst of such challenges?
These two questions are at the center of this new collection of essays, a follow up to The American Mind Meets the Mind of Christ. These essays, mostly by the distinguished faculty of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, address concrete challenges churches face in strengthening their witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in and among their communities. As such, this volume invites us to deepen our understanding of what the congregation as an inviting community looks like, and what sorts of practices invite community both inside and outside a church’s walls.