“Overcome the reluctance to get messy in the everyday lives and real-world issues of those people in the places God sets us, right now, right here. Krin and Rob offer a vision of robust, authentic, passionate, risk-embracing ministry that shifts the focus from self-absorption to outward engagement, from constructing facilities to building partnerships, from maintaining an institution to pouring ourselves into serving that matters, that forms relationships, that changes lives and transforms communities. Practical, stimulating, full of examples that inspire a conversation of imagination about ministry and everyday discipleship." –Robert Schnase, United Methodist bishop and author of Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, Revised and Updated
“This is precisely the book the majority of mainline Protestant churches must read. Most are in a very different neighborhood from their founding and must find a new incarnation to faithfully follow Jesus in this place." –John Fife, retired pastor of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Moderator of the 1992 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and co-founder of the Sanctuary Movement in the 1980's.
“As a pastor of a small, urban church in a city where church attendees are in the minority, I have had to reconstruct what it means to be church in the 21st century. Mueller and Van Tatenhove not only address the realities and ministry challenges churches face but give constructive framework on how to shift towards a transformational and missional way of being that is refreshing and enlightening.” –Theresa Cho, Co-pastor of St. John's Presbyterian Church, San Francisco, California
“The authors offer a vision of robust, authentic, passionate, risk-embracing ministry that shifts the focus from self-absorption to outward engagement, from constructing facilities to building partnerships, and from maintaining an institution to forming relationships.” –Robert Schnase, United Methodist Bishop and author of Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, Revised and Updated
“All churches are missional—just ask them! Every Christian faith community would tell you that they have a desire to emulate the compassionate heart of Jesus in the world, but when the rubber meets the road, they can find the task difficult. In Neighborhood Church, Krin and Rob give ministers, leaders, and pew-sitters everything they need to begin the transformative work of living outwardly. They remove both the mystery—and the excuses!” –John Pavlovitz, author of A Bigger Table and Hope and Other Superpowers