In 2012, Washington, DC, holds the dubious honor of being the most traffic-congested city in the United States. The residents of Washington, along with those in Tokyo, Seoul, Mexico City, New York, Sao Paulo, Cairo, London, Sydney, or any other large city, know all too well about the impact of traffic congestion. Churches experience the fallout of traffic congestion in attendance, financial contributions, membership participation, relationships, and mission.
Small Groups, Big City: Express Lanes to Church Community, written by Michael A. Donaldson (MDiv ’05), suggests a solution to traffic congestion that churchgoers experience in cities across the globe. This solution can be found both in decentralizing the church into small groups and in the very modes of transportation that cause the problem in the first place by identifying prime locations for the formation of these groups along the transportation infrastructure. Donaldson introduces the DOT Small Group (Cell) Model SM, which considers the placement of small groups in locations that are mobile, accessible, proximate, and time efficient. This book demonstrates the execution of the DOT Small Group (Cell) Model SM in Washington, DC, but also suggests that resources exist on a global scale to adapt it in your city as well.
Published by Tate Publishing, the release date for the book is August 28, 2012 in bookstores. However, it is now only available in paperback ($17.99) and e-book ($13.99) formats on the publishers website.
Michael A. Donaldson is senior pastor of Washington Beltway Community Church, a multicultural church of small groups in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, and a volunteer chaplain at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. He is also CEO of Donaldson and Associates, LLC, which specializes in church consulting. Donaldson holds a D.Min from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University School of Divinity. He, his wife, Christy, and their Yorkiepoo, Toby, live in suburban Virginia.
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