Anne Morisy Beyond the Good Samaritan: Community Ministry and Mission (London: Mowbray, 1997)
Reviewed by Darren Cronshaw
Morisy has helped churches to reinvent themselves by serving community needs. She says churches just need to be prepared to radically adjust their priorities and use skills they often already have. Through community ministry Christians can express their discipleship, enhance pastoral care (not just internally), learn from those in need, work across denominations, go `beyond the good Samaritan' in fighting injustice, and bring positive changes to society. The book explores the prayer, teamwork, coordination, dialogue and humility necessary for community ministry. It is a helpful framework for emerging churches who want to be serious about their missional responsibility and engage with community needs.
Originally appeared in Darren Cronshaw, `The Emerging Church: Introductory Reading Guide', Zadok Papers, S143 (Summer 2005).