Thursday, 8 October 2009

Reading Group

Our Church has recently started a Reading Group which meets a couple of times a year. The book for this term was Total Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. I found the book interesting and challenging. Although I did not agree with all their ideas about church there were some interesting ideas. I liked the concepts of church as being Gospel-centred and Mission-centred and being very involved in Community. They were rather into church planting in the book, and while that is not always suitable for established traditions, I think the challenge is to think "outside the box" and find ways in which we can "church plant" in different ways and take the gospel message out of our churches and into the communities around us. They also challenged those churches that celebrate anniversaries to look forward as well as backwards. This is very relevant to our Church this year as we celebrate our 125th Anniversary. The challenge is how to continue to bring the gospel to people and to look forward to the next 125 years!!!!

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