Christians are increasingly aware that we live in a post-Christian culture. We recognize the need to adapt, but are unsure of the way forward. This book offers practical ideas for engaging with secularized society and does so in a way that is enfranchising, helping churches rely on their members instead of one leader with a dynamic personality or specialist skills. Chester and Timmis contend that the solution is an “everyday church” doing everyday mission with no signage except our lives. They organize the book around a missional reading of 1 Peter, since Peter’s first-century readers faced a similar situation as aliens and strangers. Gifted communicators and experienced pastors, these authors have proven their ability to be winsome and enlightening, especially in view of their success with Total Church and You Can Change.
Published September 2012
About the Authors
Tim Chester (PhD, University of Wales) is pastor of the Crowded House in Sheffield, United Kingdom, and director of the Porterbrook Seminary, which provides integrated theological and missional training for church leaders. Chester coauthored Total Church and has written more than a dozen books, including You Can Change and A Meal with Jesus.
Steve Timmis is cofounder of the Crowded House, a church-planting initiative in Sheffield, UK, and codirector of the Porterbrook Network, which trains and mentors church planters. He is also director of Acts 29 in Western Europe and the coauthor of Total Church.
Publisher: Crossway/Good News Publishers
Publication Date: September 2012
ISBN 10: 1433532220
ISBN 13: 9781433532221
“Chester and Timmis have once again challenged us to think differently and diligently about gospel-centered community and gospel-centered mission, and in so doing have given us in Everyday Church some answers in how to engage the growing chasm between the church and world with faithfulness to the Gospel.”
- Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Highland Village, Texas; author of The Explicit Gospel
“Another book by Steve and Tim that is full of biblical insight and much practical wisdom for daily, street-level ministry in our western culture today.”
- Timothy Keller, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
“I was deeply convicted and excited after reading Total Church, so it was great to see the principles of that book more clearly developed in Everyday Church. Because these principles are so clearly biblical, they are therefore not optional—which means we must all find ways to live out these truths for the Church to be the radiant bride she was meant to be. I look forward to the new joy that believers will experience as they pursue church as described in this book.”
- Francis Chan, Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley, California; author of Crazy Love