Item description for Essence of the Church, The: A Community Created by the Spirit by Craig Van Gelder & Richard Mouw...
Overview Rather than beginning with successful contemporary models of what churches are doing, The Essence of the Church encourages readers to rethink the nature of the church. The author draws on three decades of experience to address the challenges facing today's church and urges readers to think deeply yet practically about the church. Thoughtful and readable, this book integrates insight from a variety of disciplines and enables readers to root their methods and programs in sound biblical, theological, and theoretical principles. Diagrams help to illustrate the concepts.
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Studio: Baker Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.95" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2000
Publisher Baker Books
ISBN 0801090962 ISBN13 9780801090967
Availability 0 units.
More About Craig Van Gelder & Richard Mouw
Craig Van Gelder serves as professor of congregational mission at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of The Essence of the Church and the editor of Confident Witness--Changing World. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Craig Van Gelder currently resides in St. Paul, in the state of Minnesota.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Essence of the Church, The: A Community Created by the Spirit?
Great Book Dec 13, 2001
This book was a great read. I really enjoyed what was said and I think it is going to prove helpful in my ministry. The only complaint that I would have is that the author seems to skip around alot but that is only because the book covers alot of broad ground in 175 pages. However, the chapters on the Nature of the Church and the Ministry of the Church are worth the price of the book alone. All in all, this is a great book that everyone who wants to fulfill the Great Commission should read.
If six stars were possible... Apr 18, 2001
Van Gelder has written an extremely important and profoundly insightful book about the church. He has an excellent understanding of North American Christianity and the cultural temptations which have shaped the current models for church. He lays out a foundation for the church as a christ-centered missional community. This book is rich in theology and philosophy and leads the reader to very practical conclusions about how we might "do church" differently. This is not a step-by-step method for the average church to apply to its existing programs. In fact it raises paradigm-shifting questions that speak to very foundational issues regarding the nature and purpose of the Body of Christ. It is a must read.