Are We Brave Enough?

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With many churches locked into congregational models and brand building, Are We Brave Enough? asks Christians to consider doing 5 things that could change the landscape of local church communities, and help Christians become more effective in transforming the world. With personal stories about the challenges of working with congregational and institutional church leaders, this book champions the perseverance needed to see God’s kingdom come in a city, and looks at how church groups can either support or hinder the process.

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ISBN: 9781909728974
196 Pages
Published Jan 2019
Mission and Leadership
Paperback £7.99 Kindle£5.49


‘When I first met Ian I was struck by three things, namely his love for Jesus, his passion for the Church and his commitment to his city! This engaging book reflects all of these key facets of Ian’s call and purpose. These are not the musings of a theorist but of a relentless activist as each page reflects the beat the author’s heart. As you read you will discover that Ian is brave enough, but the question that must be answered, are we?’

Dr John Andrews

(Leader, Teacher, Motivator, Author)

‘I count Ian and Alyson as good friends and recognise them as a couple of gentle provokers. You will find this book is filled with a heart for unity, but also carries a fair amount of provocation to think beyond our own paradigms. To get the best from it I recommend we step back slightly and lay aside our defensive mechanisms. The provocation is for purpose, and that purpose lines up with the prayer of Jesus “that all of them may be one. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent Me” [see John 17].’

Stuart Bell

(Senior Pastor, Alive Church, Lincoln and Leader of the Ground Level Network)

‘At the Evangelical Alliance we are passionate to see the great John 17 prayer of Jesus outworked in the united mission of God’s people. Are We Brave Enough? is written out of Ian’s personal experience, his calling to Doncaster and the lessons learned within One Heart One Voice, a unity movement committed to transforming their city. There are parts of this book which will leave you feeling uncomfortable; indeed, there could be sections you disagree with, but let’s allow the book to challenge us to fresh steps of faith and obedience to the One we love and serve.’

Steve Clifford

(General Director of the Evangelical Alliance)

‘Ian and Alyson have served Doncaster over many years and the results are visible. I have been to several unity events organised by them over the last few years and it’s been fantastic to see the way they gather people together to serve the agenda of transformation in the town. The recent Movement Day in Doncaster attracted not only the Church but also senior civic leaders. There was a real sense of shared purpose. They are brave and have inspired others to follow.’

Debra Green OBE

(Executive Director, Redeeming Our Communities [ROC])

‘Ian and Alyson’s love of Doncaster is evident the first time you meet them. As part of the Church in Doncaster, they have a huge desire to see the Church being and working as one, to affect each of the different aspects of the life of Doncaster. In this book, Ian sets out five points to help see this happen in Doncaster, but also in your place. This book needs to be read, prayed over and thought through. There is a challenge here to how we are all together being one Church in our places.’

David King

(Director of Kingdom Voice Ltd, Ambassador for the GATHER Network)

‘Ian’s visionary leadership is transforming his city. Upon meeting Ian, I was struck by his passion for the local church, his passion around the commissioning of empowered Christian leaders in service of their city, and for the unity of the body of Christ. This book is so timely as we move with God’s Spirit, calling us to surrender our silos and agendas for the advancement of His kingdom. I believe this book will tug at the heart of every leader to clearly discern God’s voice in answering the call to be an agent of unity and city transformation. Get ready to be forever changed!’

Rev Ebony S Small

(Consultant, Speaker, Director of Movement Day Expressions, USA)


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