Americans are considered the loneliest people on earth, and even Christians sense a deep, unfulfilled need to "belong". Frazee examines the true meaning of community in his own church and implements radical principles to foster true intimacy and lasting relationships.Americans are considered the loneliest people on earth, and even Christians sense a deep, unfulfilled need to "belong". Frazee examines the true meaning of community in his own church and implements radical principles to foster true intimacy and lasting relationships.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2001-01-29 Pastor and consultant Frazee begins with a problem that many church leaders admit only hesitantly: small groups, widely hailed as a means to achieve authentic community, often fail to achieve the hoped-for experience of "life together." This book follows the story of Frazee's congregation, Pantego Bible Church in suburban Dallas/Ft. Worth, in its efforts to "take [the small group movement] to the next level." Frazee's proposal is no quick fix; it belies megachurch stereotypes by taking a countercultural stand against the individualism and consumerism that Frazee says plague contemporary American life. Drawing on biblical models as well as sociological research and urban planning principles, Frazee makes a strong case that the mobility and privacy of "American Dream" suburbia fosters a spirit of fragmentation and isolation that is unworkable as a basis for authentic community. Frazee recommends "consolidating relationships," opting out of multiple activities and superficial social circles in favor of "a circle of relationships that produces a sense of genuine belonging." Small groups emerge as a necessary but insufficient ingredient for attaining Frazee's vision of "biblical community." The author's fondness for lists and systematization make for a dense read at times, but the human insights and real-life examples that really drive the book have a powerful appeal. Given the popularity of small group spirituality, and its potential discontents, this book should find a wide audience. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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