In the pages of To Love and To Cherish From This Day Forward, Millwood sets out to paint a different picture, a new picture of the Church: a portrait of a Church which is not a building, a business, an institution, a school, or an organization. Rather, a Church who is a person – a Bride – a Bride who adores Her Groom.
The goal of the book is to call Church members and leaders to get off the Church-As-Merry-Go-Round…take a deep breath…and to make the hard decision to look into the mirror and compare our churches to this portrait of a healthy Bride.
About Randy Millwood:
Randy consideres himself a freelance Christian worker. Randy works with the churches of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware where he coaches pastoral leaders, particularly the soul care of pastors and pastoral staff; consult with small, home/market-based groups; and champions relational spiritual formation. He am also a Department Team Leader and faculty member for a completely online, purpose-driven seminary called Rockbridge Seminary. Previously, Randy served as Professor of Christian Education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Praise for To Love and To Cherish From This Day Forward:
Leaders need to make sure they are working on the right questions. Answering the wrong questions precisely right still won’t matter! Randy Millwood gives church leaders a better set of questions to work on than the ones consuming so many. Don’t read this book if you want to figure out how to do church better; by all means read it if you want to BE church better.
Author of Missional Renaissance: Changing The Scorecard for the Church
Missional Leadership Specialist Leadership Network
Possibly never before in the history of the Church is such a book needed to encourage followers of Jesus to love the Bride of Christ, like He loves her. It is easy to become disillusioned and disenchanted with the institutional church. Randy Millwood skillfully and poetically examines the characteristics of a healthy Bride and inspires Christian leaders to equip the Church to live out her passion for Christ in a skeptical world. This book offers real hope for those desiring to follow the “Way” of Jesus and experience real community.
I know Randy Millwood. He is the real deal. He lives what he writes. In To Love and to Cherish from This Day Forward, Randy calls on the church to be the real deal, to understand clearly what the writers of the New Testament wrote and practiced, and to live and make disciples accordingly. This is a must read for those who are serious about growing a healthy, disciple-making church.
Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware
Randy Millwood offers a powerful, personal contribution to missional writings as he provides sound theological insights cradled in stories of God’s transforming work in people, churches and the world. A tool for those in pulpits, pews and leadership in the world as the church at work in the world! Thanks Randy!
Author of Spiritual Leadership in a Secular Age
Partner with The Columbia Partnership www.thecolumbiapartnership.org
Here comes the Bride! In To Love and To Cherish from This Day Forward, Randy Millwood has provided an enjoyable and winsome look at the Bride of Christ, the church. Using the analogy of 1st century Jewish marriage practices to inform the modern reader, he offers a helpful critique to those of us within the Body of Christ, calling her to be about healthy disciple-making by focusing on the process rather than the results. Millwood reminds Christ-followers to live out the wonder of their relationship with the Bridegroom before the eyes of the world.
Church Multiplication Strategist, BCMD
Author of PlantLIFE: Principles and Practices of Church Planting
Casual, fresh, and insightful, a great combination for a book on such vital subject areas as church health and making more disciples. Randy has a unique way of communicating significant insights intertwined with everyday stories. There are truths about our life in Christ and His church that you don’t want to miss. If you are wondering what it means to be a church in the midst of all the spiritual confusion, read this book. It might just give you some new perspectives and pieces of the mosaic puzzle you have been missing.
Director of Evangelism Strategy
Florida Baptist Convention
Author of The Art of Personal Evangelism
Among the mentors who have most shaped my understanding of “church” and “mission” and “discipling” and “equipping,” Randy is at the top of the list. This is his heart and wisdom shared for our benefit and ultimately for the benefit of those to whom we will live sent in our daily lives. A very important book for the church of America to read and to apply.
Pastor, Westpoint Church
Author of Live Sent: you are a letter
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