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By Edward Rommen

ISBN-10: 1498293158

ISBN-13: 9781498293150

ISBN-10: 1498293174

ISBN-13: 9781498293174

If the divine liturgy quite is as attractive as we declare, wouldn’t extra humans attend? Wouldn’t the church develop?  Driven by means of our wish for development, we count number, we study, we make charts, and we strategize, yet frequently with few discernible effects. that's most likely the results of concentrating on secondary points of church lifestyles. As we all know, the very lifestyles of a church is a present of God’s presence and never the results of any specific activities taken through people. for this reason, church is essentially approximately being whatever instead of doing or reaching anything. So the expansion of the church isn't really mirrored in ever-increasing numbers, cash, and actions, yet particularly in progressively growing to be conformity to the divine excellent.  So for you to assessment ecclesial progress, we are going to first need to ask what the church is meant to be. One solution to that question is captured within the 4 marks of the church given within the creed: Oneness, Holiness, Catholicity, and Apostolicity.  These 4 features function a matrix or framework during which we will be able to concentrate on the first points of ecclesial being and aid it develop and develop into what it was once meant to be.

“The church is way, even more than it seems that to be to the area. it truly is even even more than it always perceives itself to be. Like many if no longer such a lot of Dr. Rommen’s writings, this booklet is terrific. One needn't be a member of the Orthodox Church to experience it.

—David J. Hesselgrave, writer of Paradigms in Conflict and Planting church buildings Cross-Culturally

“Edward Rommen boldly articulates an Orthodox imaginative and prescient for the character of the church because the middle from which all ecclesial considering and perform needs to emanate. However, Being the Church will problem and stimulate readers of all church traditions to deeper mirrored image on what it certainly capability to be the church and to desert superficial measures of ministry success.”

—Craig Ott, Professor of challenge and Intercultural reports, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Rommen deals missiological insights grounded within the Eucharistic ecclesiology of the japanese Orthodox Church. He exhibits how ‘being’ the church, and never easily ‘doing’ church, determines its lifestyles, strength, and challenge. The ebook invitations modern church-growth leaders to shake off their fascination with numbers, ‘how-to’ manuals, and the ‘bigger-is-better’ mentality in the direction of church growth. Rommen explains why that technique is misconceived and demands a huge sea switch within the method we predict approximately ‘being’ the church. He reminds us of the phrases of Jesus that the trail to the dominion is ‘narrow’ and just a ‘few will locate it.’” 

—Bradley Nassif, Professor of Biblical and Theological reviews, North Park collage Chicago

The V. Rev. Fr. Edward Rommen holds an MDiv and a DMiss from Trinity Evangelical Divinity college, in addition to a Dr. Theol. (PhD in theology) from the collage of Munich. After fifteen years of church planting and instructing in Europe, he back to the U.S. to educate missions and theology, then lower back to pastoral ministry after turning into Orthodox. He served because the rector of Holy Transgression Orthodox Church, Raleigh, NC until eventually 2017 and is presently adjunct professor at Duke Divinity university in Durham, NC and the resident priest at St. Mary and Martha Orthodox Monastery in Wagener, SC.

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