Just finished Total Church: A Radical Reshaping Around Gospel and Community by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. I thought it was a great read.
The paradigm these authors represent is that everything in the Christian life has to be done in community.
What they present is in fact more “radical” than just making sure you’re in a weekly small group or Bible study. Theology, Parenting, Apologetics, Evangelism, Church Planting, Pastoral Care – all of these things happen in collaboration in a side-by-side relationship with other people following Jesus.
My favorite example came from evangelism. Instead of just talking out key issues together, doing key issues together is key. Possibly the best outreach content is giving people the opportunity to observe or experience the love and sacrifice going on within the family of Christ. Yes, words still need to be shared, but what they see would be as powerful as the words… not to mention that it would help the words make sense! One-on-one personal outreach is not the most effective route.
In short, church is not another thing to juggle in your busy life, it’s a community that juggles everyday life together.