A Trowel and a Sword



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Perfect for:

  • Evangelism training
  • Churches engaged in mission
  • Small groups focused on neighborhood
  • Church planting groups

In these pages you’ll:

  • Learn why bold mission must be paired with equally bold prayers
  • Be encouraged to engage in mission for homes, neighborhoods, and cities
  • See yourself as an empowered ambassador for God’s kingdom

About the Book

On the front lines of the gospel, Christians are in the business of kicking in the front door of the strongman and plundering his house—removing people he has worked hard to oppress. Accordingly, prayer must take on a declarative, bold, and authoritative tone. To show up on the front lines of the gospel without this form of prayer is the equivalent of bringing the proverbial knife to a gunfight. This conflict becomes more acute as a church becomes more effective at reaching lost people.

In Nehemiah, after the group became effective at working with the trowel in building the wall, there came a time when their enemies gathered and they had to become skilled with the sword. What a picture for an effective gospel worker: a trowel of evangelism in one hand and a sword of prayer in the other. Such a person will not only find their way to the front lines, but they will also have what it takes to stay on the front lines.

About the Author

Verlon Fosner (DMin) leads an innovative congregation in Seattle, Washington, and has created multiple “dinner churches” throughout the city. He is part of the Fresh Expressions US leadereship team and founded Dinner Church School of Leadership. Verlon is author of several books including Dinner Church, The Dinner Church Handbook, and Welcome to Dinner, Church. He and his wife of more than forty years, Melodee, have three adult children, seven grandchildren, and a variant collection of grand-foster-kids. For more information visit communitydinners.com and dinnerchurch.com.

The Rev. Jon Davis (PhD) serves part-time as a vicar for Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Key, Florida, and is on staff with Fresh Expressions US as a mission strategist, trainer, and coordinator. He and his wife of thirty years, Beth, live in Oviedo, Florida.


  • Length: 12 Chapters
  • Page count: 208
  • Trim size:
  • DVD accompaniment: Yes

This book was produced in partnership with Fresh Expressions.