I’ve read a lot of books on church leadership and mission. Many of them are helpful, but very few are must-reads. Bill Easum’s last book, Unfreezing Moves, is an exception. It’s the best book on church leadership I’ve read in ages. Bill calls the church to move beyond church renewal and health (organizational survival), to join Jesus on the mission field
We’re not living in the second Reformation. We’re living in the first century all over again. God is calling Christianity outside of its institutional prison, out from behind the cloistered walls of the sanctuary, out from the safety of denominational dominance, out from the marriage of Church and State, away from the merger of culture and piety, away from the professionals, into the dangerous, uncontrollable, deadly byways and highways. Jesus is calling us to the back roads of real life, where once again Christians associate with pagans, Christians associate with pagans, Gentiles, and God-fearers. It’s time to join Jesus on the mission field. Go get your traveling shoes.