Invading Secular Space
by Martin Robinson & Dwight Smith
A thoughtful and provocative book centred in the conviction that for the church to fulfil its God-given calling it must restructure itself around the centrality of its call to mission. The authors write with a conviction that, despite its weaknesses and manifest failures, the church continues to occupy a central position in the intention of God for His world.
The authors acknowledge that the worldwide church has demonstrated astonishing life and vigour throughout a period when the British church has suffered devastating decline.
Formerly Christian leaders worked against the backdrop of a general consensus of the values of ‘Christendom’ but now church workers need to recognise the missionary challenge before them as they aim to invade secular space. Drawing from the history of the origins of Methodism, the authors communicate hope for a fresh outbreak of church life and church planting in the 21st Century.
They also demonstrate the effectiveness of social action in the context of the preaching of the kingdom, which authenticated the evangelical message of the Wesleyans and opened the door for far greater impact for the gospel in that generation.
Invading Secular Space is an exciting and stimulating book, giving much food for thought and full of such fascinating statistics as the fact that the number of churches in India has grown from 150,000 twenty years ago to some 400,000 churches today, meaning that there are more churches in India today than there are in the USA!
The challenge to train new leaders is powerfully presented, understanding that the kind of leadership required is such that will empower and release the whole body of Christ into mobilisation and multiplication.
The book contains an excellent mixture of heartfelt motivation and practical wisdom and is one that I wholeheartedly encourage you to read.
This really is a fine book absolutely packed with extremely helpful material including a brief and helpful appraisal of post-modernism which is both succinct and insightful. In every way one feels that Stetzer is working hard to genuinely serve his reader and you would certainly be well served to get your own copy.