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Called to Awaken the Laity

Oak, John H.

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Table of contents | Preface |Chapter 1

John Oak, senior pastor of one of the largest Presbyterian churches in the world, suggests that the Holy Spirit initiates a certain amount of unrest and turmoil within the church in order for it to function as salt and light in the world.

Putting it positively, lay people are the best and the greatest potential the church has. Negatively, lay people are a serious challenge for the church if not mobilized. The answer to which perspective will prevail lies in the hands of church leaders. Rediscovering the biblical role of the laity demands a radical remodelling of the old framework of ministry.

Reformation is not an easy process to initiate or complete. It can place a heavy burden on a church leader if the laity are not fully involved in the process.

About the Author

Dr John Oak is Senior pastor of Sarang Community Church, in Seoul, South Korea, which he started in 1978 with a handful of people; it is now one of the largest Presbyterian Churches in the world with 30,000 members. Dr Oak holds degrees from Calvin Theological Seminary, Michigan and Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.

“John Oak is one of the outstanding leaders in the church today. Sarang Community Church is huge and still growing; and it is also solidly orthodox and Reformed. I commend this book to any individual who desires to understand the biblical principles of building a church.” - Samuel Logan, President Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

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