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Authors: Tim Chester & Steve Timmis
Gospel Communities on Mission
HOW DOES THE CHURCH REACH THE UNCHURCHED?
We live in an increasingly post-Christian culture. More and more we find ourselves on the margins as less and less people have any intention of ever attending church. What used to work doesn't work anymore and we need to adapt.
Helping us to see the way forward, this book offers practical ideas and personal stories for engaging with Western society. Find out how to effectively reach people in the context of everyday life and take hold of the opportunity to develop missional communities focused on Jesus.
About the authors:
Tim Chester (PhD, University of Wales) is pastor of the Crowded House in Sheffield, United Kingdom, and associate director of the Porterbrook Seminary, which provides integrated theological and missional training for church leaders. Chester coauthored Total Church (Re:Lit) 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 West Porterbrook Network, which trains and mentors church planters. He is also director of Acts 29 in Western Europe and the coauthor of Total Church.
"Another book by Chester and Timmis 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 further 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 if the church is 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, New York Times best-selling author, Crazy Love and Forgotten God
"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 of how to engage the growing chasm between the church and world with faithfulness to the Gospel." -Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network; author, The Explicit Gospel
"There are few whom God uses to rattle my bones about true gospel focus, few who can help me to organize and declutter the simple and sacrificial applications of the cross like Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. God has raised them up to help us to see the work of the church through a lens of soul conformity. God uses them to give us clear sight of why the church exists and what our gospel-empowered focus should resemble. Any church of any size and any location can hit the ground running with the biblically rich and accessible truths that resound from Everyday Church." -Eric M. Mason, Lead Pastor, Epiphany Fellowship, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Chester and Timmis remind us that Christianity is no longer at the epicenter of Western culture; it has' drifted to the margins. As sobering as this reality is, I found myself inspired and hopeful while reading Everyday Church. After all, Christianity began on the margins yet became a juggernaut that changed its world. If you're tired of the ?same old, same old' when it comes to church, and you long for something that pierces and transforms culture, then Everyday Church is for you." -Bryan Loritts, Lead Pastor, Fellowship Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee