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By Edward Rommen

If the divine liturgy fairly is as appealing as we declare, wouldn’t extra humans attend? Wouldn’t the church develop?  Driven by means of our wish for development, we count number, we study, we make charts, and we strategize, yet frequently with few discernible effects. that's most likely the results of concentrating on secondary features of church existence. As we all know, the very lifestyles of a church is a present of God’s presence and never the results of any specific activities taken by way of people. as a result, church is essentially approximately being anything instead of doing or attaining anything. So the expansion of the church isn't really mirrored in ever-increasing numbers, funds, and actions, yet really in progressively growing to be conformity to the divine excellent.  So for you to assessment ecclesial development, we'll first need to ask what the church is meant to be. One solution to that query is captured within the 4 marks of the church given within the creed: Oneness, Holiness, Catholicity, and Apostolicity.  These 4 features function a matrix or framework during which we will specialize in the first features of ecclesial being and aid it develop and turn into what it used to be meant to be.

“The church is far, even more than it sounds as if to be to the realm. it's even even more than it always perceives itself to be. Like many if no longer such a lot of Dr. Rommen’s writings, this e-book is fantastic. One don't need to be a member of the Orthodox Church to experience it.

—David J. Hesselgrave, writer of Paradigms in Conflict and Planting church buildings Cross-Culturally

“Edward Rommen boldly articulates an Orthodox imaginative and prescient for the character of the church because the middle from which all ecclesial pondering and perform needs to emanate. However, Being the Church will problem and stimulate readers of all church traditions to deeper mirrored image on what it certainly capability to be the church and to desert superficial measures of ministry success.”

—Craig Ott, Professor of challenge and Intercultural reports, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Rommen deals missiological insights grounded within the Eucharistic ecclesiology of the jap Orthodox Church. He exhibits how ‘being’ the church, and never easily ‘doing’ church, determines its lifestyles, strength, and venture. The booklet invitations modern church-growth leaders to shake off their fascination with numbers, ‘how-to’ manuals, and the ‘bigger-is-better’ mentality in the direction of church growth. Rommen explains why that process is misconceived and demands a tremendous sea switch within the manner we expect approximately ‘being’ the church. He reminds us of the phrases of Jesus that the trail to the dominion is ‘narrow’ and just a ‘few will locate it.’” 

—Bradley Nassif, Professor of Biblical and Theological experiences, North Park collage Chicago

The V. Rev. Fr. Edward Rommen holds an MDiv and a DMiss from Trinity Evangelical Divinity tuition, in addition to a Dr. Theol. (PhD in theology) from the collage of Munich. After fifteen years of church planting and educating in Europe, he again to the U.S. to coach missions and theology, then lower back to pastoral ministry after turning into Orthodox. He served because the rector of Holy Transgression Orthodox Church, Raleigh, NC till 2017 and is at the moment adjunct professor at Duke Divinity university in Durham, NC and the resident priest at St. Mary and Martha Orthodox Monastery in Wagener, SC.

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