Book explores how walking, bicycling, taking public transit can provide a fresh ministry lens

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/15/22)—Drawing on his own experiences as a church pastor who walked, rode his bicycle, and took the bus as he went about his ministry, G. Travis Norvell, M.Div., is the author of “Church on the Move: A Practical Guide for Ministry in the Community.” Norvell proposes that people of the “living church” start moving in, around and with their communities to move toward renewal and social justice.

The book explores how walking, bicycling and taking public transit can provide  new lens for ministry and describes how this approach to church life can help a congregation rediscover its mission, engage in advocacy and justice issues, and change its community for the common good. It presents a healthy, fun and practical way for congregations to form new relationships and strengthen existing connections with their surrounding communities.

“Church on the Move” provides concrete, practical ways for the church body and individuals to begin implementing movement, including study questions, suggested resources and “experiments” between chapters that can help them find ways that work best in their respective contexts.

Norvell is pastor of Judson Memorial Baptist Church, Minneapolis, and an adjunct faculty member at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. An American Baptist pastor for 22 years, he is passionate about the social gospel in the local church as the link for both social justice and church renewal. He has written articles for The Christian Citizen, Star Tribune, The Christian Century and Sojourners. His blog is called “The Pedaling Pastor.”

Founded in 1824, Judson Press a publishing ministry of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, produces Christ-centered spiritual and leadership resources for the transformation of individuals, congregations, and communities.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.