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I'M SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE AT CHURCH . . . SO WHY DO I FEEL SO ALONE?

 

You show up at church every Sunday. You see people you know. You listen to a sermon together. And then you go home feeling just as isolated as you did before. What's going on?

We all know that a church is supposed to be a community. The trick is to actually make it one. Communities don't happen by chance—certainly not in our Lone Ranger culture that values independence and individualism. A truly Christian community must be built by intentional practices that allow for deeper connections, centered on the unity that can only be found in Christ.

 

In A Field Guide for Genuine Community, longtime pastor and discipleship trainer Ben Connelly shows you that the biblical model for community is the family of God. In twenty-five short, practical readings, he takes you beyond the surface and helps you learn to connect with your brothers and sisters as true family members. The church isn't meant to be a collection of strangers. God intends for you to find a unified and purposeful household where you truly belong.

 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

ED STETZER

Wheaton College

"...I couldn’t be more grateful for Ben Connelly’s A Field Guide for Genuine Community. This book will serve as a tour guide for believers as they embark on a deep adventurous journey towards becoming the kind of community, the kind of family, God desires his people
to be. "

DANIEL IM
Beulah Alliance Church

"I love the way that my friend, Ben,
doesn’t just present a couple quick fixes
or silver bullets to solve your discipleship woes. Rather, he pastorally introduces
the concept of church as spiritual family, which is deeply needed for the
Western church" 

JARED C. WILSON

Midwestern Seminary

"Anyone who’s ‘done church’ for any length of time is familiar with the difficulties, especially in our modern and individualistic age, of experiencing genuine community. This is why I’m thankful for this book — it demystifies the purpose of Christian community while doing honor to the complexities of it, and centers the grace of God as the unifying and liberating power we need to know it is real."

"You cannot follow Jesus alone. It really does take a community around you. You will never be what God has called you to be without living in community. Ben's ability to communicate, and to both get to the heart of the issue and address it in practical ways, is more than worth your time."

JANI ORTLUND

Renewal Ministries

"Through Bible study and pertinent questions, Ben teaches us how to intentionally build intimate and multigenerational discipleship groups that are actually fun to be a part of!  Read it, apply it, and see how your church can become less of an organization and more of a growing organism where you can enjoy a deep and fruitful life together."

"[We] were not to be mere passive meeting attenders but to gather in vibrant communities caring for one another’s life and spiritual growth. Ben Connelly has written an incisive, practical and inspirational book that you will find instructive and motivational as you respond to Christ’s command."

BOB ROBERTS, JR.
GlocalNet

TERRY VIRGO
New Frontiers

 
 

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