Grenwich Community Church is a typical anxious local church. But there’s one small problem. They wouldn’t use the word “anxious” to describe themselves as a church. In fact, quite the opposite. They’d be offended if you suggested they were “anxious”. Barry Moffat, a dynamic visionary leader has just arrived on the scene as their new Lead Pastor. There are signs of life, growth, and momentum. But anxiety and fear lurk beneath the surface, threatening to disrupt the sense of excitement, optimism and hope which has inspired them on their journey.
Whether you realize it or not, Grenwich Community Church’s story is your church’s story. Weaving organizational systems principles and theological reflection into Grenwich’s story, Ken Thiessen illustrates how anxiety and fear dominate many of the decisions made in every local church, your local church. He identifies some of the key manifestations of anxiety and fear, and outlines healthier ways of acknowledging and managing anxiety so as to help your church better love God and other people. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter serve to stimulate reflection and discussion specific to your local church context.
If you are a pastor, a church leader, or a person committed to loving God and loving other people in consistent and authentic ways, then this book is for you! It has the potential to change your life and the life of your church, so acknowledge your own anxiety or fear, and hold on for the ride! You won’t regret it!
You may know the characters in the alternating chapters of this book; the story may be living itself out in your church. While helping church leaders see the bigger issues in a conflicted congregation, Ken Thiessen points church leaders to the Lead Character, the Saviour and Lord of his Church. Craftily written, Thiessen interweaves theological foundations, firsthand experience, and a compelling case study to assist the reader in recognizing Christ's great redemptive work within his flawed but chosen people. This book will give you perspective, it will help you acknoweldge your own patterns, and will guide you and your team through systemic conflict in your church, for the glory of God.