Christians love to analyze ourselves. Why people are leaving the church, why people are staying in the church, what we are doing wrong, etc., etc. Most of what we on the north side of the 45th parallel base our “informed” opinions on are statistics and story from the south side of that same parallel. We quote American stats and Pastors. And while some Pastors are very quotable, it was wonderful to read about things worth sharing in the Canadian Church.
Shifting Sands, this collection of stories published by World Vision, lets 40 churches from all the provinces and territories tell you how they are the Body of Christ in this nation. They represent 25 denominations (who knew?), from backgrounds and cultural heritages as varied as our country is, and in congregations that have 15 – 3500+ in attendance on an average Sunday.
Each church shares is passion for the ministry God has called them to do. I love how they have found their unique niche in their community. And so it should be – no ministry setting is like another, and no ministering body should be a cookie cutter formula. People bring their own dynamic, and when that combines – beautiful things happen.
Patricia Paddey and Karen Stiller have brought a collection of inspiration to us. May God use this tome to challenge us to find our niche in our community – and to go and serve the needs of our own corner of The Kingdom. This should be mandatory reading for every leadership team serving any ministry in our country. It will surely spark discussion, and hopefully drive vision as The Church seeks to bring Jesus to this fine country God has entrusted us with.
Thank you to Nuts About Books, and World Vision and Graf Martin Communications for providing this review copy. As an independent reviewer, I am free to provide my honest opinion of this material.