"The first part of this book is intended to get across a sense of the life-style of SCCs [i.e. Small Christian Communities also known as Basic Christian Communities or Christian Grassroots Communities], in so far as I have been able to share their joys and hopes and struggles. These stories, while they come from the 1960s, reveal life-styles which are just as telling and vibrant today. The circumstances from which they arise differ widely. The same Spirit is at work. The second part of the book looks at traditional marks of the church to see how SCCs stand up to these criteria. The final part is a look forward". -- Preface, pp. ix-x.