Servolution: Starting a Church Revolution Through Serving by Dino Rizzo.
Stop simply praying for the world’s needs: go in God’s strength and be ‘The Church’ to your community by addressing their practical and spiritual needs yourselves.
“It’s so important that we don’t always just send a cheque; whenever possible, we also need to engage with those who are hurting.” According to Servolution the way to reach the community is to go and meet the community, and work with them rather than for them from a distance. The community Healing Place Church serves is Baton Rouge in Louisiana, but that did not stop them being in New York City after 9/11 and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. If for John Wesley the world is our parish then for Dino Rizzo the world is also our responsibility: every church has a mandate from the mouth of Jesus and from scripture to be ‘The Church’, with no strings attached.
Each chapter ends with a Servolution Strategy with a summary of the chapter and several discussion questions to ignite thinking about the concepts raised for the local church. Not every congregation can have an impact the size of HPC, but every community can engage with the people around it and reach into its neighbourhood with the love of Christ.
I like that this book constantly returns to two themes; that it is God’s work through us rather than our work for God that the Church is undertaking, and that God’s highest priority is not the programmes themselves, or even the growing reputation of the missional Church, but the people the local congregation is serving. It all comes back to how we are caring for those who are yet to come, or are starting to come because they have heard about these people who care. This message resonates well with me as a Christian and in my work as a school chaplain; and I am pleased to say that my local congregation is starting to think this way too.
If you enjoy books like The Church That Never Sleeps by Matthew Barnett, or even the 24/7 concept of local ministry conveyed by such a title, then Servolution is the book for you.