People are searching for a church shaped and sustained by Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission and Service, and Extravagant Generosity. These fundamental practices are critical to the success of congregations. Their presence and strength demonstrate congregational health, vitality, and fruitfulness. By repeating and improving these practices, churches fulfill their mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Robert Schnase astutely weaves theological insight, practical advice, and exemplary stories into an inspiring book for pastors and laity alike. - L Gregory Jones, Dean and Professor of Theology, Duke Divinity School. Robert Schnase's words are thoughtful, provocative, and challenging. Any congregation will find encouragement and insight to deepen faithfulness and multiply fruitfulness. - Lovett H Weems, Jr, Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership, Wesley. Theological - Seminary - Stimulating - Challenging - Uniquely helpful. Bishop Schnase gives us powerful language, rich examples, and practical suggestions for fulfilling the mission God gives us. - Janice Riggle Huie, Bishop of the Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Robert Schnase is bishop-in-residence of the Missouri Area Conference of the United Methodist Church. He lives in Columbia, Missouri.