Tim Chester and Steve Timmis’ book, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission¹, reinforces an observation I’ve had for years about churches: plenty of them (particularly in the West) are growing not necessarily because of evangelism but because of the movement of Christians from one church to another—or in other words, transfer growth. This book is an attempt to stem the tide and bring the church back on point—to go and make disciples.
Chester and Timmis propose that we need new approaches to evangelism and discipleship especially in this post-Christian culture that we live in. And they believe that the best approach is in the context of genuine community—what the authors refer to as “everyday church”. This book will be helpful in shaping my idea of community as I engage in church planting this year.
¹Chester, Tim and Steve Timmis. Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012.
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