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Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture

People are hungry to make a difference in their community, yet most don’t know where to start. In fact, ‘serving the least’ is often one of the most neglected biblical mandates in the church. Barefoot Church shows readers how today’s church can be a catalyst for individual, collective, and social renewal in any context. Whether pastors or laypeople, readers will discover practical ideas that end up being as much about the Gospel and personal transformation as they are about serving the poor. Here they will see how the organizational structure of the church can be created or redesigned for mission in any context. Drawing from his own journey, Brandon Hatmaker proves to readers that serving the least is not a trendy act of benevolence but a lifestyle of authentic community and spiritual transformation. As Hatmaker writes, ‘My hope is that God would open our eyes more and more to the needs of our community. And that we would see it as the church’s responsibility to lead the charge.’ About the author:  Brandon Hatmaker is pastor of Austin New Church (ANC), co-founder of Restore Austin, and a missional strategist with Missio (www.missio.us). After years of serving in the megachurch, Brandon and his wife, Jen, refocused their ministry on church planting and mobilizing the church to meet the needs of the poor and marginalized. Together, ANC and Restore Austin have developed a unique network of churches and non-profits that serve in a collective effort to impact their city and world.
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What Your Peers are Saying about Barefoot Church Cross Leadership says:
When I received my digital review copy of Barefoot Church, the first thing I noticed was the title. And the first thing I thought was, “Oh. Another book trying too hard to be edgy and cool. Like The Gospel According to Tony Soprano or something like that.” Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by the content of this powerful book. Within minutes, I was in tears over the powerful truth that I encountered. Barefoot Church:  Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture is a book about how churches do (or don’t do) mission, evangelism, discipleship, social justice, and outreach. Please don’t expect another book debating the pros and cons of social justice. Instead, expect to be taken on a journey that explores what the Bible says about the church’s mission, and how that should look in your city, in your own assembly, and in your local context… [more]
Logan Leadership Blog says:
I’ll tip my hand right from the beginning. Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture is one of the best books I’ve read all year. It’s filled with great, inspiring stories that come from real life, hands-on ministry experience. If you’ve ever wondered whether this church thing ever works, you need to read this book. It provides much-needed hope and direction, as well as a shift in the way we think about what defines “success” in the church. Hatmaker is careful to avoid common pitfalls. Without in any way letting the church off the hook for all its failings, Brandon still keeps the perspective positive: on what we can do. There’s no sense of giving up. He also addresses the tangling and untangling of evangelism and social action deftly and realistically: a solid theological work… [more]
Simply Missional says:
I wish Barefoot Churchwas written before I planted my first church.  It would have saved me a lot of pain and mistakes.  This is a book filled with practical action-steps that will help the church embrace the beauty of Sunday and prepare for living out the mission, to love God and love our neighbor; locally and globally. I would encourage pastors to share this book with their board members, staff members and key church leaders. Take time to process what is at stake here.  You will get a behind-the-scenes snapshot of  what a living church can be like if we are willing to take risks, move away from the “known” and see how we can truly love our broken world. Brandon has penned a missional guide…he leads us down a practical pathway that will help us discover some tangible ways that will cause our churches to be more effective… [more]
Pastor Dave Online says:
I loved this book. Hatmaker is honest about the weaknesses of the western church. But he never engages in church bashing, nor does he dwell on the negative. He is also honest about his weaknesses and the story behind Austin New Church is encouraging and grants hopes to its readers that there is, in fact, “something more.” Barefoot Church encourages that there can be more than just week-to-week existence, more than just big budgets, big buildings, and full auditoriums. There can be satisfying ministry that makes a difference. There can be church fueled to sharing Christ in both word and deed, there can be Christians living on mission… [more]
Michael Brower Online says:
In just over two hundred pages Brandon efficiently challenges me and the modern American church to examine it’s current methods, structure, and focus. Are we doing church in a way that allows Jesus to build his church effectively (Mt 16:17, p152)? When we look at how the church has been marginalized in much of society there is a simple conclusion, no. Barefoot Church is challenging, encouraging, refreshing, instructional, raw at points, and overall I found a very good message inside. Pastor Hatmaker is genuine in his desire to follow Jesus’ instructions to serve the least in our world. His approach, along with the people of Austin New Church (ANC), is opening doors of opportunity to those many never consider…. [more]
Steps says:
Within these 175 pages is a book on being missional that goes beyond theory. The personal stories from Hatmaker and the practical ideas presented is what every leader and layperson could ask for. Every pastor wants his church to be big on outreach. Often their congregation says the same thing yet wanting to keep things the way they’ve always been. Opting for the chance that they could convince the nonchurched to become more like the churched before they have to change… [more]
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