When The Church Leaves The Building


By David Fredrickson


FORWARD by Wayne Jacobsen

The book is a treasure Ė one that will thrill you with each unfolding page! It is the story of a man and congregation that valued Godís life above their own experience and the amazing journey that led them to undertake.

Over the course of years, following the gentle nudging of the Spirit, they set out to unravel the mysteries of the body of Christ and found it leading them to places they had never considered. At each turn they continued to risk the status quo and their own comfort and security to find a richer life in Jesus together. They discovered what most people only dare to dream. Youíll be shocked at the choices they made and inspired by the lessons they learned.

It is a compelling journal and you will find his wordís raw and honest. This is not the story of a well-constructed success strategy and how to implement it, but of a people willing to go on a journey even though they could only see one step at a time and whose destination was far from clear. The costs were considerable, the rewards far greater.

In the end, whether you agree or disagree with Davidís choices and conclusions you will know that he has taken the road less traveledónot for his comfort or ego but to follow an undeniable passion deeply planted in his heart. He put it all on the line, even his own vocation; while some of his colleagues did everything they could to dissuade him.

I had the incredible joy of coming alongside them in the latter stages of this journey and count many of the people youíll read about as close friends. This really happened. I found myself rooting for them and weeping with them as David recounts the joys and challenges of rethinking their life together as the church. It not only transformed them personally, but also taught them how to live freely as the body of Christ every day, not just on Sundays.

At a time when many are rethinking the nature of the body of Christ in the world, this book provides much-needed insight and a powerful example. If youíve ever thought that there must be more to church life than going to a building on Sunday mornings, clear your evening. You might be going to sleep a lot later tonight than you planned.

Wayne Jacobsen
Moorpark, California