Joy Skjegstad & Heidi Unruh
Endorsement by Phil Miglioratti
This is a book that deserves my #ReimagineCHURCH...hashtag!
Written in the eye of a pandemic storm, Heidi and Joy found themselves asking the questions every church member wanted to ask and every congregational leader knew they needed to ask. "What should the church look like when the crisis has subsided? And how do we get there?”
Writing out of their personal and practitioner experiences, Joy and Heidi provide us a crash course in rethinking core issues and reshaping structures that will empower congregations to respond to a post-pandemic reality.
The focus on “connections” makes this a text for reimagining disciple-making, a tool for reshaping evangelism training, and a tactical guide for loving our communities for-with-to Christ.
The Table of Contents reads like a syllabus to a course on community impact. Each chapter a file with practical instructions and strategic"lab-like” case studies. RealConnections. Talk with Strangers. Everyone Should Have a Friend at Church. Build Relationships with Groups. Connect Across Deep Differences. A Beautiful Day When You Know Your Neighbors. Navigating Change.
Thank you for this strong declaration of hope. Truly, "The Church is not closed.” But it will not be open for business -as-usual.It is time to reimagine church as connections.
In the congregation.
To the community.