Chav Christianity: Exploring What it Looks like to Be a Working-Class Christian Paperback – 18 Nov 2013
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About the Author
A member of the Evangelical Alliance council, Carl Beech is an enthusiast for Japanese motorbikes and an endurance cyclist. After earning a degree in engineering, he worked variously as a financial consultant, church planter, youth worker, and senior pastor of a large multi-congregation church.
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Throughout Chav Christianity, the reader is urged to accept the working-class church member without judging them negatively. This interesting book concisely highlights the diversity of the domestic and familial standards between the classes and the more open and sharing way of life often found in working class communities. The latter part of the book looks at the popularity of the Welsh Revival showing the effect of preachers like Evan Roberts, asking if such another revival could have a similar affect now and rally the working class in church together, showing that the Word is real for everyone and can be applied at all times.
Darren Edwards makes a clear and valid point, because one can easily see the subconscious conformity to perceived middle-class norms by newcomers in most churches, sometimes forcing members to show an alternative face for when attending church and possibly leaving others to fall away. Nevertheless, in the same way that many churches are now attracting and keeping younger members, by adapting their style in presenting the message – this can easily be applied to churches in working class areas. Churches should not be just for an hour a week and a select few, but welcome, incorporate and involve all of the community, for most, if not all of the week without shunning those who are just different and possibly in need.
If only my adopted Church of England would take some of its practices and measure them against the attitude and insight this book shares!
Thank you Darren Edwards. I would like to see more like this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Refreshing and challenging . The status quo under fire. Earthy reality about how the unchurched think and behave. Easy reading but be prepared for down to earth language.Published on 5 April 2014 by Amazon Customer
A good punchy read about how to relate to and reach out to working class people from one of their own. Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2014 by StuDennis
Really well written by a real chav! It's ok now to wear a tracky to Church! Darren is a great guy with real insight. Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2014 by T. Wilcox
Well written an very challenging. Invites the reader to examine their views on reaching working class people. A must readPublished on 2 Mar. 2014 by John Glass