Maps come in a variety of shapes and forms and are used for many different purposes. Maps can get us from Point A to Point B. Maps can also be used to help us flesh out our thoughts (mind mapping). But there are problems with maps. Maps lie. Maps are not 100% accurate. But maps are necessary in navigating cross country trips. And maps are necessary for navigating the world. Here, Leonard Sweet gives the church a map for navigating todays culture while keeping the church grounded in scripture and tradition.
Sweet sums up the point of the book early on.
This book introduces 11 1/3 missional arts for spiritual navigation. Each on is a navigational thrival skill – “thrival” because it enables leaders to thrive, not just survive, in these chaotic waters. These missional arts define what must be done if life is to be lived and ministry and mission conducted in today’s fluid culture. (29)
I really like how Sweet kept with the theme of navigation when discussing the missional arts. Just like in navigation, one needs a point of reference. In navigation, that is the North Star. For us as Christians, our point of reference is Christ. Christ is also the starting point for the missional arts as every other missional art goes back to Christ.
This book is a good resource for all church leaders who are stuck in the rut of trying to figure out how to be the church in today’s ever-changing culture.
I give Aquachurch 2.0 book 4 our of 5 stars.
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