Barefoot Church, in my humble opinion, is a manifesto for the church to embrace its identity as the Church. If we claim to be followers of Jesus there comes with that a certain look, attitude, and action. Brandon Hatmaker helps to lay forth the blueprint for what that ought to look like. The beauty in how he accomplishes this however, is that it’s not done in a you-copy-me sort of way. Rather, it’s accomplished through extensive Scriptural backing and by telling his story (and the story of Austin New Church) in such a way that you’re left feeling empowered and inspired to go forth and begin writing your own story.
Without question, this is a must read for the follower of Jesus who longs to see the Church reach it’s fingers deep into the heart of God. It’s for those frustrated with the status quo of church life and who long to see something of Kingdom significance happen in their midst. It’s for those who can no longer sit still in their pew for their soul groans and aches too loudly to ignore and they must set their feet to the streets to rub up against those in need of Jesus.
Be not mistaken, Barefoot Church isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s a loud cry for the mission of the Church to be loosed in the world today. I can only pray that more and more find inspiration and motivation through these pages as I have.