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Divine Merger

Author:  Mark E. Strong
ISBN:  9780830844524
Publisher:  IVP Books
Published:  2016
Pages:  166
Sub-title:  What happens when Jesus collides with your community?
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What would happen if your community had a head-on collision with Jesus? Pastor and community leader Mark Strong says, "You would have exactly what God wants: a divine merger!" He continues: "A divine merger is when the church intentionally integrates with its community. . . . The result is a kingdom transformation." This book is designed to give you the vision and tools you need to fulfill your own God-given mission in your community and church. Ranging from single-person sponsored ministries to church-wide and even multi-church regional ministries, these pages are packed full of ideas. The practical wisdom here will help any follower of Christ, pastor or church leader engage their community. Each chapter concludes with questions for reflection appropriate for either individuals or groups. Are you ready to plan your divine merger?

Table of Contents
  1. Strategic Positioning
  2. Break Out
  3. Capturing Passion
  4. Presenting an Authentic Jesus
  5. Community Navigation
  6. A Towel or a Title
  7. Praying for Your Community
  8. Depending on the Spirit
  9. Finding Balance
  10. Super-Simple Plan

"Gentrification, spiritual lethargy and the clash between new realities
and old dreams are part of Mark's  journey as a leader in his
church and community.  As one who strives to live his life fully
invested in both spheres, Mark provides in this book a mixture of
practical implementation, pastoral encouragement and theological
grounding for embracing our call to partner with Jesus in the
transformative collisions between our church and our community."
---RICK MCKINLEY, lead pastor, Imago Dei Community, Portland, Oregon,
author of Jesus in the Margins

"Mark Strong is a legend in our city.  The archetype of a wise, humble,
faithful urban pastor.  Many younger planters look to him for more
than mentorship, but for a template to pour our own lives into.
When a guy like Mark talks about the collision of Jesus and community,
I listen."
---JOHN MARK COMER, Bridgetown:  A Jesus Church, Portland, Oregon

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