Through him in establishing Renovation Church Unfortunately Renovate does not truly accomplish what it claims to accomplish The front cover claims to help readers change who we are by loving where we are The book then goes on to claim assistance in helping s all renovate our world and specifically our place in the world Renovate does help me gain sympathy toward the plight that faces the city of Atlanta The sketch of Atlanta and its surrounding communities grants knowledge of the need for social and spiritual renewal within that community This does not translate to the community to which I find myself very easily Atlanta being a very Amagami Precious diary, urban environment with its own history contrasts sharply with the rural area in which I live There are pointers that can be taken from the book such asnderstanding that we all have to realize that God sends JAPAN 1/1M3. us to our place of ministry and that there is a need for people to know the history of the place to where they have been sent Renovate also offers a great reminder that we all need to reflect Christ by being incarnational Yet the book falls short in helping me translate the concepts it espouses to my placePeople endeavoring to follow Christ in this world should still read this book though It offers great insight into a wonderful ministry It also offers a call that the entire church needs to hear over and over again the call to euality within the body of Christ and within the world I received this book as a part of the Blogging For Books program with Multnohmah Press This book is a great telling of the tale of the work that has gone on inrban Atlanta It lays out the heart that the pastor and the church has to reach their community and gives a lot of insight into Secangkir Kopi Panas di Pilot Cafe urban ministry My only complaint about this book is that it is weak onniversal application to any setting The book tells theiir story but does not seek to engage the biblical and theological The Trial of Lizzie Borden underpinnings of why they do what they do so that others might apply it in their context Very inspirational account but a biography of a church than anything else Over the past few years Leonce Crump and the team at Renovation Church have been among the most influential voices in my life and ministry Naturally I was excited to pickp Renovate in which Pastor Crump details their story and lays out the convictions that God has refined in them during their church planting journey in Atlanta It did not disappointCrump starts by framing this book as a challenge to the reader His goal is to bring our attention to a problem and to propose biblical practical solutions That problem is transience And for many churches and individuals putting those solutions into practice will reuire a radical reshaping of how they consider the location they call home why they re there and how they relate to the place and the people they have been placed amongIn many places certainly in most major American cit. Far off land a family preparing to move into a new community or a follower of Jesus simply looking to engage deeply in your current neighborhood Léonce reveals how our agendas can often sabotage achieving real change in our world Léonce takes you on a journey to nderstand what he calls “the ministry of presence” which he.
Renovate challenges the church to consider not just their effect on their communities but their real motives toward their communities Speaking from much personal experience Pastor Leonce shares what he s learned about getting to know the place you re sent to before being able to do any effective or heartfelt ministry As page 46 says you can t make a plan for people you don t know Just last night I was discussing about the increasingly expensive price of homes in Singapore and how I desired to buy 2 room flats the second smallest type of public housing available but they were only reserved for those about aged 55 My friend was cautioning me about whether my wife would feel safe coming home given the demographics of the neighbours and if I would be at ease letting her return aloneUsing the case study of his own city of Atlanta he proposes that we should find out the history of our cities Like Greenfield in Subversive Jesus Crump Jr intentionally prooted his family to live in an area that was Myself Among Others unsafe for his family and how they persevered in spite of seemingly bleak situations He candidly shares about his mother s accounts of racial discrimination and his struggles with encountering such treatment todayGrowingp as the majority race in Singapore where the entire city state nderwent concurrent third to first world development Crump Jr helped me gentrification in a whole new light not just as a theory from my human geography syllabus but the real life impact to the people ndergoing it While I especially appreciate the efforts to ground the book in Scripture I was not persuaded that the author is truly zealous about the cause he is writing about At least it did seem to be conveyed through the pages of the book I did not sense that the primary was one of his consuming passions Hence I give it 3 out of 5 starsI received this book from the Crown Publishing Group s Blogging for Books program for the purposes of providing an How to Be an Even Better Listener unbiased review All views are my own L once Crump has provided an excellent resource for the church Renovate is a challenging treatment of the problem of transiency in the pursuit of transformation in communities I recently moved neighborhoods which was part of the reason for the book being so challenging A theology of place is something I will continue to explore and chew on moving forward Crump presents very good probingestions that the reader will benefit from wrestling through whether they arrive at the same position as Crump or not Renovate by Leonce B Crump Jr is a great survey for the inspiration behind a specific ministry in downtown Atlanta that then branches into a call for all Christians to eually accept all people as creations of our loving and creative God The message of this book is fantastic and the vision that Crump puts forth is inspiring Crump invites his readers to explore his personal history along with the ways that God has worked. God is not wiping this world away He is in the midst of renovating it Léonce Crump lead pastor of Renovation Church in the rban core of Atlanta invites you to do what God did when He wanted to make a difference in this world – move in Whether you’re a pastor looking to plant a church a missionary preparing to serve in
Ies transience has become the norm The estion of where to live is a Ancient Magick Conjuration of Power uestion of where we can best access our preferred opportunities and amenities Limitless options andnfettered mobility reign supreme when it comes to determining where we ll call home 3 As soon as the perceived costs of a place outweigh the comforts many of Choosing the Right Pond us are looking for a new ZIP code Crump identifies this transience not as a neutral cultural proclivity but as a serious obstacle to the mission of God In his own dire words he proclaims transience to be the obstacle standing in the way of our lives and our communities reflecting the glory of God 2 These are the stakes if I am only connected to a community to the extent that it can sustain me we have a parasitic relationship and I will siphon its resources without regard to its well being 4 If this is how I relate to my community I am not a good neighbor I am falling short in reflecting the redemptive reign of King Jesus I am a leechor at best someone who is only investing in the good of the world around me inasmuch as it directly benefits meIn contrast to this culture of transience Pastor Crump lays out the case for Christians to realize the value of permanence develop a theology of place and live with a sense of sentness wherever God has placed them He callss to a ministry of presence in which we move in not me Excellent book on place as it applies to your faith and the building of God s Kingdom Renovate is about becoming an active part of your community It s mainly targeted at people who live in big cities The author advocates putting down roots rather than moving freuently and getting to know an area s past and present so you can effectively impact the future Instead of coming in to do what you think needs to be done you discover what the locals want and need to help them flourish He talked about avoiding classism racism and gentrificationBut much of the book was a look at Scripture to argue that our faith should have social as well as spiritual aspects He argues that the belief that we will go to heaven has focused our efforts on saving souls while ignoring the physical world He argues that there will be a physical world after Christ returns so we should join now in God s restoration of his physical world That God will remove the infection of sin from the world and bring about a complete healing of creation While I agree that the Scriptures talk about a new heavens and a new earth I Real Love understand that to mean new not just fixedp or disinfected Yet I think other verses support the idea of helping improve people s physical circumstances along with meeting their spiritual need for Christ I have put down roots and gotten to know my community I live in a rural area without a lot of diversity though I was disappointed that I didn t get much The Rhetoric of Reaction useful to my situation out of the bookI received an ARC of this book from the publisher for review purposes. Himself learned the hard way after planting a church in one of the most violent areas of Atlanta Léonce and his family found that before we can preach or reach others we must first know the story of a place and its people – especially since skin color cultural norms and economic status often isolates than bringing s together.
Léonce B Crump Jr is lead pastor of Renovation Church in Atlanta The former professional athlete has strong transcultural appeal and connections in the world of professional sports and pop music as well as church planting and leadership circles He is currently earning his Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary Leonce and his wife Breanna reside in downtown Atlanta with their tw