Sunset Institute Press
We have lived through a full generation of American culture in which the growing conviction has been "Jesus, yes; church, no." We now live in a world tired of debate, wearied of Christianity and church as a system of beliefs to be argued rather than a shared life to be lived.
We sense burnout with bureaucratic, program-driven, and impersonal churches and hear the cry for a genuine priesthood of believers in communities where the Spirit of God can empower one-another ministry of the most personal and practical sort.
It was this sense of longing for church as a life to be lived, empowered by God's Spirit, that led us to write The Jesus Proposal. There, we proposed a means by which Christians could stop arguing with one another and share a foundational focus on Jesus as the giver and leader of our shared spiritual journey.
The next imperative is to think through and implement a form of church life that releases Christ's disciples from institutional intimidation and emboldens us for body life under our one head. We must learn how to implement family life in our Father's house.
It is the task that we address in this book. How does a church live out "the Jesus Proposal"? What will it look like? How can we close the distance between our idealized vision of God's universal church and our often-disappointing particular experiences of church? --from the Preface