There is a growing awareness that transience in life in general and ministry in particular doesn’t produce healthy lives. In Renovate Léonce Crump shares his journey of learning to love the place of ministry God had called him to, Atlanta, and how that has affected him and his ministry.
Crump traces the problems transience and migration have brought particularly in the context he is ministering in. He unpacks the biblical theology behind seeking investment and transformation of and in a community. He clearly shows how important it is for churches to focus as agents of redemption seeking both the salvation of individuals but also the transformation of culture in order to promote human flourishing. He writes from his experience of serving in an area where it would have been all too easy for him to move onto “greener pastures.”
The greatest weakness is that there needs to be more generalization so that more application can be made for those serving in rural contexts, but I guess that’s why pastors have Wendell Berry. Drawing from his experience he does demonstrate that failure and setback do not imply that one is in the wrong place. This book reminds every believer that sometimes patience is needed in seeking change and transformation in their communities through the power of the gospel.
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