Rewilding the Church

Review by the Very Rev. Dr. Martin Fair, St. Andrews Church, Arbroath and moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 2020-21

If I had a difficult mountain ascent facing me, there's no one I'd rather have as a guide than Steve Aisthorpe. And having worked with him and read his first book, 'The Invisible Church' there are few others I'd rather have as a guide into the unknown territory of what lies ahead for the Church.

From the beginning pages, the challenge is evident: 'The Christian Way has been domesticated and it is time to rediscover the adventure of faith.' In none of this is Steve concerned with the saving of the Church as an institution. Rather he points to following Jesus, a 'Wild Messiah', wherever that leads, and always with an emphasis on the kingdom.

This is not a book for those who are looking for 'business as usual.' It's for those who are prepared to give way to the leading of the Spirit. It's for those who are prepared to 'pause, consider, pray,' about where we're being called to.

Martin Fair.

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