Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community [Re: Lit]

Chester, Tim; Timmis, Steve

Discover and embrace a simple, biblical and vibrantly gospel-centered vision of the church. Clear headed and deeply rooted in the word, this is a refreshing and honest take on the state of the modern church. Addressing the question of traditional vs. emergent approaches, the authors powerfully emphasize that gospel and community are inseparable aspects of doing church the way Christ intended.

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Two pastors outline and apply a pair of overarching biblical principles that call the current body of Christ to a deep restructuring of its life and mission.

"Church is not a meeting you attend or a place you enter," write pastors Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. "It’s an identity that is ours in Christ. An identity that shapes the whole of life so that life and mission become ‘total church.’" With that as their premise, they emphasize two overarching principles to govern the practice of church and mission: being gospel-centered and being community-centered. When these principles take precedence, say the authors, the truth of the Word is upheld, the mission of the gospel is carried out, and the priority of relationships is practiced in radical ways. The church becomes not just another commitment to juggle but a 24/7 lifestyle where programs, big events, and teaching from one person take a backseat to sharing lives, reaching out, and learning about God together.

In Total Church, Chester and Timmis first outline the biblical case for making gospel and community central and then apply this dual focus to evangelism, social involvement, church planting, world missions, discipleship, pastoral care, spirituality, theology, apologetics, youth and children’s work. As this insightful book calls the body of Christ to rethink its perspective and practice of church, it charts a middle path between the emerging church movement and conservative evangelicalism that all believers will find helpful.

224 Pages
Published September 2008

About the Author

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. He 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.

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