About 86 years ago the mainline churches did something. Maybe we washed our lucky game underwear. Maybe we traded Babe Ruth. Lots of people have lots of ideas. But we have not been winning any evangelism series for a looong stretch of time.” So begins Martha Grace Reese’s whimsical yet ultimately serious effort to get us mainliners to act like the Boston Red Sox and finally break our curse.
In an ecclesiastical world in which it is assumed that mainliners do not evangelize well and never will, Reese brought to her project the eschatological hope of a pre-2004 Red Sox fan. One thousand interviews and 50 visits to growing churches later, she is now a post-2004 fan—one who hopes, but who also has recent positive data.