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“Read the book you hold in your hands right now. It might change everything by calling you not to change a thing.”
– From the foreword by Michael Frost
“Simple and on point. The relevance of local churches in the West rests on these principles.”
– Dave Runyon, coauthor of The Art of Neighboring and director of CityUnite
“Alan Briggs offers us a winsome and practical exploration of an oft-neglected, yet vital component of neighborliness—longevity in place. With insight garnered from experience and listening to others, Staying is a welcome addition.”
– Sean Gladding, author of The Story of God, the Story of Us
“This timely and energizing new book by Alan Briggs dares you to join a movement that’s probably much closer than you imagined.”
– Tim Soerens, co-founding director, Parish Collective, and coauthor, The New Parish
People are longing to put down roots again. Gardens, fixie bikes and neighborhood gatherings are visible signs of this yearning to become characters in our places.In Jeremiah 29 an exiled Judah is challenged to dwell well, even while they were in exile, and work for the good of Babylon. Perhaps you feel like an exile right now. What about joining God’s mission right where you are?
“Staying is the new going” doesn’t mean we should never cross oceans to help others, but most people should “stay forth” instead of going forth. Global engagement should not come at the cost of local disengagement. God is already at work in your place. You don’t need to bring Him there; just join Him.
Staying is the new going blends simple principles and stories of people who have taken the plunge into the heart of their places. The book is full of real stories and simple principles you can apply tomorrow in your place. Joining God’s mission doesn’t require a passport. God’s people everywhere, even in the most ordinary places, are starting to choose roots over wings.
Will you join the revolution right where you’re at?