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From the Back Cover May 11, 2010
From the back cover of the 1989 version from Zondervan:
"Why does new life spring up in the church precisely at moments when the church seems most dead? The author analyzes church renewal from a historical perspective, focusing especially on the Montanist, Pietist, Methodist, and Moravian movements. The themes that recur within these movements and throughout the church today include the following: * Primitivism (the wish to recover the vitality of the early church * The "new work" of the Holy Spirit * Judgment on existing patters of the institutional church * Commitment to the counterculture * More intimate fellowship for prayer and Bible study 6) Nontraditional leadership * Lay Ministry, and * Evangelistic vitality.
Howard Snyder then synthesizes the lessons of church renewal in history and applies them in such a way that we can build a renewal strategy for the local church today."