As I reflect on my reading of The Next Christians, I must admit that I have mixed feelings. Lyons has done a wonderful job emphasizing our need to get back to the fullness of God’s Story, instead of the truncated version of the Gospel that has been promoted for so long. He has also provided a good description of what “The Next Christians” look like.
Perhaps the weakness lies in helping “conventional churches” turn the corner toward more effective ministry in, and to, our changing world, and how to equip “the next Christians.” Perhaps Lyons should expand upon chapter 11 “The Next Big Shift” into such a work. How do we move from “once proud churches [that] are left with a small but devoted elderly population that’s been left behind” (p. 26) to the next church? How do we rediscover, recalibrate, rethink, reimagine, redeploy, and revitalize (p. 66-67)?
All in all, I think the book was helpful, but didn’t go far enough. I’m left with more questions, when I was hoping for more answers.
(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review).
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