Well-known Lutheran systematic theologian and church consultant, prof Patrick Keifert, outlines in his informative book, We are here now, the way forward for congregations at the end of the Christendom era, but also at the beginning of what he calls a New Era of Mission for the local church.
The book is his invitation on a journey of spiritual discernment for local churches, called to move from the maintenance of Christendom to innovating missional church in their time and location. Keifert’s wisdom and insight was born out of, what he calls, excellent mistakes – the process of failing forward – learning out of your mistakes in a way that leads to positive outcomes.
What follows is a short summary of the book. It is not intended to replace the book – please do yourself the favour of reading the well-written book. It will prove to be a very wise investment of your time and money. The book is available a www.bmedia.co.za, and was also translated in Afrikaans, published under the title: “Ons is nou hier”.
The Partnership for Missional Churches in South Africa uses the insights of the book, packaged as a uniquely South African process, as a journey of innovating mission in the local church. You are most welcome to join on this journey by being facilitated in a collective journey, that is together with other congregations, in the Partnership process. For more information please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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