Thriving Congregations in the 21st Century : The Writings of William M Easum

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Kenneth Eriks


In the past two years the Reformed Church in America has come to understand its mission this way:

The Reformed Church in America is a fellowship of congregations called by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be the very presence of Jesus Christ in the world.

Our shared task is to equip congregations for ministry—a thousand churches in a million ways doing one thing—following Christ in mission, in a lost and broken world so loved by God.

The challenge at the local church level is to discern the shape of God's call for a specific body of believers in a particular time and place. Each local congregation must wrestle with its own mission and vision, to see how they might contribute to the "one thing" in which we all share—"following Christ in mission, in a lost and broken world so loved by God."

This article will explore the thought and writing of William M. Easum, whose ministry has been devoted to strengthening the effectiveness of the local congregation. His passion for Christ, love of the local church, and broad exposure through speaking and consulting make him extraordinarily helpful to congregations and their leaders who want to follow Jesus more faithfully.

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Mission of the church; Christianity and culture; Church and the world; Church renewal; Christianity and culture