I've got a stack of books awaiting my attention - last count I had 12 'must-reads' on the shelf behind my desk... this is officially the 'waiting room' for my books/next reads.
I'm 2/3 of the way through THEY LIKE JESUS by Dan Kimball - I believe that this book should be required reading for any/all people that are a) Christ-followers & b) have a desire to live in such a way as to reflect Christ to the people that they come in contact with.
Actualy, when they make me King, Emperor, Dominar, or Guy in Charge of Assigning Reading, I would give this book to every pastor (vocational or otherwise) in any & every Christian church - with a mandatory "Response Paper" to be written afterwards. The paper should be 3-5 pages, & would:
-Address Kimball's thesis: People like Jesus, but they don't like the church - Why does Kimball say this? What are your observations of pre-Christians? What are your responses to these observations (his & yours)?
-Describe your "philosophy of ministry" - briefly explain the "WHY's" (reasoning, values, beliefs) behind the "WHAT's" (actions, behaviors, personal schedules, programs) of the ministry you are involved in.
-What does it mean to be missional? Describe the WHY's & the WHAT's of you being missional.
Then, we'd all get together in small groups (5-8 people) & discuss what we wrote & why... with the intent being on taking action towards leading a community in living out Jesus.
For inquiring minds:
Dan Kimball Blog
Vintage Faith Church