Church Is Branding

CHURCH IS A MOVEMENT

By Dave Parr

The chapters on this page will help you engage, reflect and respond to Church is. We encourage you to explore these resources with friends - if you do, let us know! We’d love to hear about it and your thoughts and ideas.

Each chapter has a companion video, you’ll find that at the top of this page. Each chapter title mirrors one of its key themes which appear as on-screen titles. Below is a short introduction to each chapter, hit the download button to access the full chapter PDF and discussion questions.



Chapter One

An inclusive movement. Luke 10

One which fully accepts, unconditionally loves and offers sanctuary where people can build connection and relationship with God and one another.

Church is a place where inclusion is a reality, not simply a theological debating topic.

All too often, we make the inclusion of others a theoretical conversation. However, real inclusion doesn’t live in the world of theory. It’s difficult to achieve. In fact, the only way for a community to become truly inclusive is for individuals to choose to put Jesus’ mandate into practice, day by day, hour by hour.

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Chapter Two

An open movement. Matthew 21

A movement that continually goes to the margins to serve others and to support people into healthy, purposeful community and relationships.

Church is a community where everyone is counted in if they choose.

It’s our job to be a community of people who continually seek opportunities to include others, to draw a bigger circles and throw open the doors.

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Chapter Three

An ‘other-centred’ movement. Matthew 25

A movement that has an expansive vision for local communities and the world and seeks to build the Kingdom of God brick-by-brick.

We’re called to be a movement of people who are centred on Jesus and to live with an open hand not a closed fist – a people who understand that we learn what it means to be fully human as we serve others.

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Chapter Four

A gracious movement. Galatians 5

One in which people take part in gracious dialogue as we grapple with our understanding of God and the Bible, whilst recognising that our primary responsibility is to love others unconditionally.

Church is a community that recognises we don’t always get it right. Our task is to live out the character traits of Jesus and to be gracious with one another when we fall short.

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We will also be in touch about a new movement coming later in the year called FAITHWORKS - it will CELEBRATE WHAT CHURCH IS AND HELP EQUIP people AROUND THE WORLD TO ACHIEVE COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION THROUGH INNOVATION, INTEGRATION AND AWESOME IDEAS.


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For the ones that crawl and those who walk tall

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For the person with faith and the one with none at all

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For the purposeless and the purposeful

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For the gay, the straight and everyone in between

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For the searchers, the reachers, the better life seekers

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For the refugee and those at home

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For the hurting and the healed

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For you. For me.For one. For all.

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