Church Is Branding

CHURCH IS A MOVEMENT

By Jill Rowe

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

A movement radicalised to love. Luke 5

We gather in buildings to remind and encourage each other and celebrate God together.

But this is simply an event. It is a moment. It isn’t the movement.

The movement is when we take what we are and what we are learning and what we know of who God is and we roll our sleeves up and get engaged in the community and the world around us.

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Chapter Two

A movement who take seriously what Jesus said. Matthew 22

When we choose to include and not exclude. When we act with compassion and not self-obsession. When we welcome and don’t reject. When we forgive and don’t take revenge.

That is the most challenging and difficult and beautiful and radical and revolutionary thing any of us can ever do.

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Chapter Three

A movement that walks with a limp. Luke 8

Society is full of people pretending - hiding behind masks, coming on strong and brave, living in a seemingly 'everything is ok' space. We all know this to be true because we have all done it and been there. But we also know, if we are honest with ourselves, that life isn't a breeze or a walk in a park.

Church is a place where we walk with the scars of life, but a place where we can walk together. Where all can find their feet.

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Chapter Four

A movement calling for justice. Isaiah 58

When we do this justice stuff it actually has the effect of bringing about our own transformation. It is in this activity that we encounter God. Not seeking some kind of holy fix through singing and being caught up in some ecstasy experience.

Church is a movement of people who choose to roll up their sleeves, who get active and engaged. It’s us working out how to follow Jesus, it’s us doing the things that Jesus taught us to do

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FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW TO BECOME PART OF THE CHURCH IS COMMUNITY. In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing more videos and creating ways for you to join the conversation and tell us what you think church is.

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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