The transforming power of mission
This book is one in a series looking at how the principles presented in Mission-shaped Church can be applied in different areas of the church's life and mission.
Susan Hope spent 17 years in parish ministry before becoming the Missioner for Sheffield Diocese and this book arises out of her own deep spirituality and her experiences in ministry. Using stories and illustrations from real life, she urges her readers to listen to both God and the culture in which they find themselves and to respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. This inevitably means moving out of our comfort zones and embarking on what she calls our own 'apostolic adventure'.
Depending on how you are feeling when you read this book you will either be excited and challenged by it or depressed and daunted at the prospect of putting it into action. In fact Hope is not calling for more action, she is calling for more perceptive listening and observant watching out for where God is already at work in his kingdom and where there are opportunities to get involved in his mission. According to her numerous illustrations he is very much alive and active and longing for his people to participate in his mission. The starting point is knowing that you are loved by God and sustained by him.
Sue Groom, December 2006
The Revd Sue Groom is the Director of Deanery Licensed Ministry for the Kensington Episcopal Area of London. Before this she was Vicar of St Matthew's, Yiewsley and also served as the Reader Training Officer for the Willesden Episcopal Area. She is the author of Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew (Paternoster Press, 2003).Order from www.christianbookshops.org