Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission

This book is an invitation to see the church through new eyes. [From the flyleaf] “In our quest to renew the church, Christians have walked through many movements to develop new expressions of the body of Christ. Now in the post-Christian world in North America we’re asking the question again: Is there a way to be the church that engages the world, not by judgment or accommodation but by becoming the good news in our culture? In Faithful Presence, noted pastor and scholar David Fitch offers a new vision for the witness of the church in the world through a thoughtful reexamination of seven disciplines that the church has practiced since its inception.”

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This book has so much to offer, even for those who are not drawn to the liturgical world. Everyone would agree, tending to the ever-presence of God in our daily lives enables us to be faithfully present with God and others wherever we go. As A.W. Tozer wrote, “God’s presence is the central fact of Christianity…and God is waiting for us to push into conscious awareness of his presence.” Where you might not be able to adapt Fitch’s model fully, given your circumstances, I found this book to be incredibly thought-provoking and stimulating. I couldn’t help but think of my church planting days and how I felt like a failure because, after six years, my church had failed to break 100! If I had read this book then, I might still be leading that church…to live and love incarnationally, to be Jesus with skin on and tend to the presence of God! ~ Mark Warner