Everywhere You Look – Pastor Tim Soren

In his book, Everywhere You Look: Discovering the Church Right Where You ArePastor Tim Sorens explores the question “What is the purpose of the Church?”  His concern in this book is not what the church believes or how we worship on Sunday morning but having us think through how the local parish church can take practical and actionable steps to be the light and leaven where we live and work, and not simply an end unto itself. This autumn study covers eight weeks.

Everywhere You Look, Introduction

Sorens has written a book that teems with hope and possibility for the future, a hope that the church need not reiterate our mistaken past, and a possibility that real people in real time and real circumstances can live out the why of God.
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Everywhere You Look, The Forward

The church (meaning both The Church and our local congregation) can either be about institutional decay or vibrant movement. We can either be preoccupied with survival and maintenance or we can be moving forward in creating and renewing both our church community and our wider secular communities.
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Everywhere You Look, Chapter 2: The Big Why, pt.3

Our Why is “God’s Dream.” For Soren, God’s Dream is that of a reconciliation and renewal of all things for, as Paul writes, “Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Cor. 5:18
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Everywhere You Look, Ch.4: The Megachurch Next Door, pt.2

As a particular congregation, with a particular story, in a particular place, we necessarily have our limitations. However, those limitations help establish our particular charisms. Most importantly, these limitations give us the ability to see what portion of the Invisible Church we are to go out into.
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Everywhere You Look, Ch.5: The Parish is the Unit of Change, pt.2

The idea is that we are not simply to go out into our parish and do some good work. Rather, we are called to become intentionally rooted in our community and to be woven into the life of this community. This means physically going out in the parish, not simply to…
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