"We must see the surrounding community as our congregation," asserts veteran United Methodist pastor, Daniels. Based on the author’s experience leading congregational revitalization, and drawing insights from the biblical story about rebuilding Jerusalem’s wall, Walking with Nehemiah is a practical guide for creating a congregational culture of community engagement. This is ministry in partnership with others rather than to or for them. The appendix includes instructions for a get-to-know-you process designed to identify people’s passions and pains, called a “relational 1:1 campaign”. The document explains how to carry out the process within the congregation and, ultimately, take it into the larger community. Reflection guides and action suggestions at the end of each chapter make the book suitable for small group study. Although written from a Mainline Christian perspective, the biblical basis and practical aspects of the book should render it accessible to a broader audience.
Reviewed by Marie F. Fleming