Not Safe For Church: Ten Commandments For Reaching New Generations

by F. Douglas Powe Jr., Jasmine Rose Smothers. Abingdon Press, 2015.
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This slim volume from Professor Douglas Powe and church leader Jasmine Rose Smothers gives congregations ten “commandments” or “covenant practices” designed to help them connect with Post-Civil Rights generations. The practices involve “Redefining the ways in which we understand worship, spiritual growth opportunities, and becoming followers of Jesus.” The areas of focus are cleverly posited in the language of the Ten Commandments, such as “Thou Shall Not Front: Be Authentic” and “Thou Shall Watch the Throne: Rethink Leadership.” Other topics include “mission and activism” and “create new entry points.” The authors use both Old and New Testament scripture as the foundation for their work. Each chapter ends with discussion questions, making this resource appropriate for leadership groups, Sunday School classes, and peer study groups. The book has a Christian perspective, but other traditions can find practical and helpful ideas in this accessible and user-friendly book.