What is the Church? is Sojourn’s second children’s book, written by Mandy Groce and Bill Bell. What Is The Church? was written to teach preschool children that the church is not a building. It is a people that God has called together and made alive by faith. Unlike other books on the church, this book does not answer the question by first telling about the activities that the church does (gathering, preaching, communion, baptism, counseling, discipline)–although those things are essential marks of the church and they should not be ignored. Instead, this book begins with who God’s people are–recognizing that the church’s activity results from its identity. When we call children to be a part of the church, we are calling them to be a part of a gospel people. And, as a gospel people, the church is a believing family, a community of missionaries, servants, learners, and worshipers. At Sojourn, we call our people to stop going to church and to start being the church. Once God’s people know who they are, we can challenge them to be who they are. In other words, we call them to live as the people that God has made them to be.
We are pleased to announce that the book will soon be published by Christian Focus Publications. The projected date for publication is July 2011. You can pre-order now at their website.