By Edward Rommen
“The church is far, even more than it sounds as if to be to the area. it's even even more than it always perceives itself to be. Like many if no longer such a lot of Dr. Rommen’s writings, this publication is wonderful. One don't need to be a member of the Orthodox Church to enjoy 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 ability to be the church and to desert superficial measures of ministry success.”
—Craig Ott, Professor of challenge and Intercultural reviews, 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 existence, strength, and undertaking. The booklet 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 method is misconceived and demands a tremendous sea switch within the means we expect 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 tuition, 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 us 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 at present 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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Being the Church: An Eastern Orthodox Understanding of Church Growth by Edward Rommen