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Messy Church: A Multigenerational Mission for God's Family by Ross Parsley

Messy Church: A Multigenerational Mission for God's Family by Ross Parsley

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Published by David C Cook
We Are the Family of God.

When you look at the church today, what do you see? A corporation with a CEO at the helm? A social organization that does good things for the community?

Pastor Ross Parsley believes that neither of those pictures is God’s desire. Instead, God wants His church to function as a family—a group of real people who love each other and care for one another’s needs, no matter how messy.

Our culture is dying for the kind of community that only the church can provide—if we are living as God intended: as a family, protecting one another, extending grace, and loving unconditionally.

We are not called to be consumers who ask what the church can offer us. We are called to love deeply, fight fairly, and bring hope to a generation of people starving to belong to something greater than themselves. Welcome to the family. You belong here.
We Are the Family of God.

When you look at the church today, what do you see? A corporation with a CEO at the helm? A social organization that does good things for the community?

Pastor Ross Parsley believes that neither of those pictures is God’s desire. Instead, God wants His church to function as a family—a group of real people who love each other and care for one another’s needs, no matter how messy.

Our culture is dying for the kind of community that only the church can provide—if we are living as God intended: as a family, protecting one another, extending grace, and loving unconditionally.

We are not called to be consumers who ask what the church can offer us. We are called to love deeply, fight fairly, and bring hope to a generation of people starving to belong to something greater than themselves. Welcome to the family. You belong here.

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Published by: David C Cook on May 30, 2012
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“Te title o Ross’s careully thought-out book is catchy, but makeno mistake. Tere’s nothing ‘messy’ about his lie, heart, or ministry.Te practicality o his leadership is veriable, his integrity reliable,his credibility certiable, and his heart or God clearly maniest inhis worship ministry and leadership.
 Jack Hayford,
chancellor o Te King’s University, Los Angeles When Ross Parsley writes about the local church, we all shouldread it. He is one o the brightest young pastors in our nation and atrue riend in the ministry.
Brady Boyd,
pastor o New Lie Churchin Colorado Springs, Colorado
 Messy Church
is a living and divine philosophical underpinning upon which many can stand. It speaks o relationship with God. I hear theFather speaking through Ross into the storm o people rushing to ullltheir calling in the kingdom o God. Tis is a clear reection o whatGod is indeed saying to the church in these days. Basically this: Hiskingdom is to be based upon relationship, rather than on authority.”
Britt Hancock,
church planter andounder o Mountain Gateway 
 
 Messy Church
 will literally mess you up, but in a good way. I lovehow Ross Parsley is able to showcase a concept that oten takes usdown a negative, critical road and instead highlights the hope, lie,restoration, and purpose we can nd in spiritual amily. He truly helps us to see that through the good, the bad, and the ugly, amily is still amily. Not only will your perspective change, but you willput this down and walk away with tons o practical ways to create aculture o spiritual amily that everyone needs.”
Dino Rizzo,
lead pastor o Healing PlaceChurch in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,and author o 
Servolution
“With powerul insight, personal experience, and rereshingtransparency, Ross reveals a message needed to make your spiritual journey make sense. Allow the Holy Spirit to challenge and inspireyou as you begin to understand the kind o church God uses
 Messy Church
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Chris Hodges,
senior pastor o Churcho the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, and author o 
Fresh Air 
“Ross combines lie lessons shaped by proound experience with adelightully conversational style o communication to bring to us amessage that is both signicant in substance and enjoyable in style.In a day when ecclesiology (our theology about the church) is beingreinvented, we need books like this that hold us to the center. A protable read!
Bob Sorge,
author, www.oasishouse.com

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