The Rev. J. Fletcher Lowe, Class of 1959, has recently authored with Demi Prentiss Radical Sending: Go to Love and Servefrom Morehouse Publishing. The work builds on and complements the work of Stephanie Spellers’ Radical Welcome, which called congregations to move beyond diversity and inclusion to be places where the transforming gifts, voices, and power of marginalized cultures and groups bring new life to the mainline church. As congregations explore their emerging visions, they need support in “equipping the saints” for their day-to-day lives and ministries beyond the doors of the building. The Dismissal — “Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.” — becomes as important as the Eucharist in feeding the people for the journey. But churches often fail to focus on this baptismal calling to “go” into the world of work, family, and community. This book fills that void, focusing on how the baptized become “go-ers,” providing practical and tested ways of fulfilling that calling.
The book can be used as a core resource for discernment in living out baptismal promises, empowering the laity for their ministries beyond the church doors. Each chapter is followed by discussion questions for use with small groups or for personal reflection.
Lowe has been a parish priest for 37 years, with a passion for empowering the laity for their ministries in daily life. He is the co-editor of Ministry in Daily Life: A Guide toLiving the Baptismal Covenant (1996) and he compiled Baptism: The Event and the Adventure. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Demi Prentiss has been a ministry developer at the parish, diocesan, and church-wide levels for 25 years, and has seen the transformational effect of refocusing the church outside its own walls. She has worked and worshiped in congregations of all sizes, in established and re-organizing dioceses. She lives in Denton, Texas.
“Pastors, priests, and parishioners: if there's one book you read this year to strengthen your church, please let this be the book. Radical Sending will remind you why church matters so much in the first place, and it will inspire you to seize potential that almost everybody is missing. Highly recommended!” says Brian D. McLaren, author, speaker, and activist.
Other endorsers include Susan Watson-Epting, Dwight Zscheile, Bishops Ray (N.Michigan) and Rickel (Olympia) and Donald Romanik (ECF).