It’s FINALLY Here!
3 years in the making, 9 drafts, 3 re-writes, and a world of learning, my first words book is done. I remember starting this project in the Summer of 2015, as a way to process ideas I was posting on my blog. The vague ideas combined for an initial manuscript of 90,000 words (400+ pages). That wasn’t going to work, nor was it coherent. It took time to craft that first draft into something worth reading.Â That led to another long year journey to build a proposal for the book, which in itself is a huge body of work. Once my top picks for publishers passed on the project, I opted to self-publish under my own imprint. That meant completing the manuscript and starting the publishing journey at the beginning of this year. 6 months later, after another re-write and rounds of edits, I finally have something to share, and I think you’re going to enjoy it.
Thrive. Ideas to lead the church in post-Christendom.Â
You already know the problem. Christianity in North America has been pushed to the margins. Society is less religious, church attendance is mostly stagnant, resources are drying up, and leaders are struggling to find answers to stop the exodus. Most of the ideas addressing these challenges rely on reclaiming Christendom, a time when the church could rest at the centre of cultural attention. But we canâ€™t go back in time. Rather, we need to move forward with new ideas.
â€œThriveâ€Â ,Â is a guide to help unlock features in you, and your church, to emerge as leaders and co-creators in our cities, neighborhoods, and beyond. With the increasing number of people claiming no religious affiliation, it may be surprising to learn core values like purpose, justice, spirituality, and love remain important. The stage is set. Todayâ€™s culture presents a great opportunity for the church that seeks to live out the Gospel in aÂ post-Christian world.
Itâ€™s time to live out the fullness of Godâ€™s dream for you and the church. Respond to the call to join the unfolding mission in your midst.
Including a foreword by JR Woodward….
In Thrive, Rohadi not only wakes us up to reality, but he prophetically inspires. His passion for God and people bleed through these pages. His apostolic vision for the church is captivating. He shares hard won nuggets of truth along with his struggles and failures. Heâ€™s real. He is like the men from the tribe of Issachar, he understands the times in which we live, and what we must do. With theological depth and practical wisdom, Rohadi calls the church to shift from survive mode to thrive mode.
What Others are Saying
I like the way Rohadi thinks. I like the way Rohadiâ€™s heart beats. I like the way Rohadi leans into healthy scepticism without the caustic critique of the cynic. I love it when people have the integrity and courage to allow the Spirit to lead them into becoming the answer to their own prayers. Rohadi has done so, not just by penning this great little book, but by living it out, day by day. Let us do the same. -Â David Ruis, National Director of Vineyard Canada
For many years, Rohadi has been a voice calling out from edges of the church in Canada. This book is a helpful primer for people that want to join himÂ by intentionally choosing to live out the gospel at the edges of Christendom. His perspectives are raw and real.Â You owe it to yourself to take a look. -Â Jared Siebert, National Director of Church Planting, Free Methodist Church in Canada
Rohadi wrestles with the questions of how we need to re-imagine how we be and do church and mission to engage the â€œnonesâ€ and the â€œdonesâ€ in our Western culture. What deepens his credibility, and gives his message weight, is that Rohadi is a practitioner. I highly commend his thought provoking, prophetic, and hopeful book for practitioners who know in their gut that we need to follow Jesus to the margins where His Kingdom is breaking in!Â â€“ Tim Schultz, Director of Mosaic Ministries
How Can You Get a Copy?
I will be putting details up this week. I want to get readers of the blog some incentives for supporting the book. Hopefully my audio and e-book versions come out in a timely manner….Â The book itself will be available wherever books are sold. If I can create a pre-sale (which is not always an option for small publishers), I will. If you’re in Canada the best bet will be ordering from me. Otherwise, ask your local retailer or order from Amazon (boo).