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Everyday Church [Kindle Edition]

Tim Chester , Steve Timmis
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Most people in the West have no intention of ever attending church. Indeed, many only use Christ's name as a swear word. And while some prominent churches are growing, much of this is transfer rather than true growth. Yet many of our approaches to

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'In this helpful follow-up to 'Total Church', the practical everyday aspects of being a church in community on mission are clearly explained. This is a great book.' --Mark Driscoll

'How can Christians infiltrate an increasingly hostile world? The answers in this book may surprise you.' --Adrian Warnock

About the Author

Dr Tim Chester is a leader within The Crowded House and Director of the Northern Training Institute. He is a prolific author. He is married to Helen and they have two daughters.

Steve Timmis is the Acts 29 Network Director for Western Europe and Director of the Porterbrook Network. He is also the founder of The Crowded House. He is married to Janet and they have four children.

Tim and Steve are joint authors of 'Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community' (IVP).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 259 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: IVP (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,187 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dr Tim Chester is a director of the Porterbrook Institute which provides affordable, Bible-college level training for church leadership and missional church in the context of your ministry ( He is a leader of The Crowded House, a church planting network ( He blogs at He has previously been Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK and a part-time lecturer in missiology. He is the author of a number of books and series editor of The Good Book Guides (The Good Book Company). He is married with two daughters.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Theology that transforms 7 July 2011
Chester and Timmis go to considerable lengths to make the point that the church is no longer at the centre of society but on the margins, and so we can no longer expect respect, privilege or institutional influence. In other words, Western Europe (and much of the USA) can no longer be described as `Christian society'. Personally I felt they spent an excessive amount of time hammering this point home: perhaps that is simply because I am utterly convinced of this already; presumably they know people that haven't accepted this point. However, the rest of the book uses the book of 1 Peter as the basis for a reflection on how Christians are to live as strangers and aliens in the world, so establishing the links between our context and that of 1 Peter is important.

The book then starts to explore the implications of a marginalised "outsider" church in a secular culture:
- the secular culture is no longer Christian culture
- it's a mission field - but are we really starting to act like missionaries? and practical cross-cultural mission?
- we need to rediscover the culture, understand it, and love it
- we are called to be a distinctive community - chosen and sanctified for missional obedience (1 Peter 1:2)
- this distinctiveness comes from love (in everyday life) - not by trying to imitate the culture (cool events)

So how do we `do community'? Their answer is we don't! Community has to come out of a focus on God's Word, rather than as the focus itself. Chester and Timmis provide some great insights in how we can care for each other on a daily basis by applying the gospel to each others' lives. In particular, they use the 4Gs (God is great... good... glorious...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and clearly thought through 23 Jun. 2011
By Andy K
As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, it is plain to see that the church has a very different place in our society to that of the second decade of the 20th century. Where the church was a fairly focal point of both local life and the state as a whole a hundred years ago, now the church is seen to have no real place in society. We have become a nation that used to be Christian, now Jesus is no more than a name from the past or a baby that appears at Christmas.
This is why this book is important for us to read. Not just leaders of the church, but also the 'everyday Christian.' What Chester & Timmis do is to show the state of the church as it is today and how we 'should do church' in light of the culture we live in. Their argument is for us to show our culture that church isn't a building but a life lived as Christians together.
There isn't anything radically different here compared to other books of a similar nature but it is a model that is clearly producing fruit in a tough area of the UK. The authors want to show us how living lives with gospel intentionality has been far more beneficial than just getting people to come to an event in a church building. This is so helpful to be reminded of and the examples they give of how it has been worked through in their ministry add weight to their argument.
What they do in Sheffield won't exactly fit into every church setting throughout the country but their heart for the lost people of the UK will. This book is invaluable if we are to reach a culture/country with the love of Jesus and the hope of eternity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stimulating and challenging 27 July 2011
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This is a stimulating and challenging book for church leaders. Its cover suggests a book for the ordinary church member, but it would be too conceptual for most. Those who can cope with theology and analysis, and are looking for new ideas and insights on evangelism and church life, will find here much to provoke thought and action. I'm still thinking about how it will apply in a semi-rural situation with an elderly congregation. I'm very glad I bought and read the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh challenging approach to evangelism 14 Oct. 2011
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Having listened to the author at a recent conference, I purchased this book for further study. To my delight I found the contents challenging and stimulating in the current climate of evangelism. It offers new approaches and gives insight into understanding the current mindset of many non-churchgoers. It is a very preceptive book written by two authors, yet a clear united understanding of not only the current problems of evangelism, but also numerous alternative ways for outreach. All this underpinned by a clear scriptural application and encouragement. I am recommending this book to my church leader with a view that it will be used widely within the church teaching programme.
A thoroughly good read full of innovative ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Christian should read this book! 7 July 2013
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I love this book! It has moved on my idea of church and made me understand more about the early church in Acts. It has helped me see how individualised we have become in Britain in the way we live generally but also as Christians. We need to be sharing our lives with one another as well as our Sunday meetings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 Oct. 2014
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Excellent application of what a Christian church community should be seven days a week.
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