Book Review: Being Church Doing Life: Creating Gospel Communities Where Life Happens by Michael Moynagh

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In Being Church Doing Life: Creating Gospel Communities Where Life Happens, Michael Moynagh explores the practical nature of taking the influence of the gospel into the heart of the culture.  Throughout the history of the church, the church has shifted from being a movement of God’s people in culture to more of an institutional system.  Through his book, Moynagh seeks to bring the ideals of an established church and a home group/small group model together in a way that still encourages involvement in an established church but also keeps the missional heart of a home group movement.

Moynagh refers to these strategic cultural engagement groups as “witnessing communities.”  These are strategic groups of people who have taken the mission of taking the gospel to their world seriously by partnering together to make a difference and build relationships wherever God has placed them.  These communities can begin based on a common interest and location, but the goal is for the Christians in the group to be a spiritual influence on others around them in the group.  These witnessing communities establish safe environments for those outside of the faith to explore Christianity and hear the message of the gospel.

Being Church Doing Life is a strategic guide for those seeking to make an impact in their world through “witnessing communities.”  Moynagh combines a mix of inspiring examples of how God is using this ministry around the world with a list of practical steps to begin your own witnessing community.  This includes steps to get a community started, how to disciple someone in the faith, how to multiply a community, how to relate to the established church, and how to relate to the denomination.  These chapters make Being Church Doing Life a great starter guide for anyone seeking to make an impact through a small group or “witnessing community” ministry.

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