The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community

by Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and others. InterVarsity Press, 2014.

Written in three parts, this book addresses the need for a “new parish,” what that “new parish” might be, and what practices enable that vision to come into being. These authors name rampant individualism as a problem for the life of the church in American culture. In response, they propose a new way, with practical discussions that use the neighborhood as a partner in directing a congregation’s approach to ministry. By focusing on the sense of place, this book offers a model for building relationships and recognizing the ways that God is already at work in the local corners of the world. This book can be a valuable resource for congregations who find that their neighborhood seems unfamiliar or has changed.