Change the World

Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus

By Mike Slaughter Published
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A challenge to take the church into the world instead of coaxing the world into the church.

Something is not working. Despite the church's place of prominence in American culture and the ubiquity of the church in every American town, misconceptions about the faith of Jesus Christ run rampant today. Christians are known more for exclusivity than for love, more for potlucks than for solving world hunger.

It's time for churches to get over the cruise-ship mentality of being a program provider, and reconnect with the true message and mission of Jesus: to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, and freedom to the oppressed.

Pastor Mike Slaughter challenges church leaders to look at the future of their congregations and make tough but necessary choices.

  • Will you send the church out into the world?
  • Will you focus on building disciples or tallying decisions?
  • Will you multiply your impact or expand your facilities?
  • Will you step out in courage or comply with the status quo?

The answers to these and other questions determine how your church will focus its time, its energy, and its budget to work for real change in a hurting world.

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In Change the World, Mike Slaughter inspires, challenges, and encourages readers to be the church Jesus envisioned when he gave the Great Commission. No ivory tower prescriptions here – but page after page illustrating what the 21st century missional church is meant to be.

--Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection

Embodying a vision larger than merely growing big churches, Slaughter pushes a kingdom vision.

As a pastor, Slaughter has long been something of a prophet. He has long shown a holy restlessness with just “doing church”—because his focus is Jesus, not institutional Christianity. “The true greatness of any local church is measured by how many people are serving the marginalized,” he insists. That test could indeed change the world.

––Howard A. Snyder, Professor of Wesley Studies, Tyndale Seminary, Toronto

With the rich tactical experience of a long-time practitioner and the keen eye of a missional strategist, Mike writes a hard hitting, accessible book that nails the key issues facing the Western Church at the dawn of the 21st Century. Well worth the read.

- Alan Hirsch, Author of The Forgotten Ways and Untamed, and Founder of Forge Mission Training Network

About the Author

Mike Slaughter

Mike Slaughter is the lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church. Under his leadership, Ginghamsburg Church has become known as an early innovator of small group ministry, the Church "media reformation" and cyber-ministry. Mike is the author of multiple books for church leaders, including Change the World, A Different Kind of Christmas, Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Real Followers, Momentum for Life, UnLearning Church, and Upside Living in a Downside Economy.

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