Everyday Church

Everyday Church: Mission By Being Good Neighbours, my latest book co-written with Steve Timmis, is published today. It’s a kind of follow on from Total Church. The premise is that we live in a post-Christian and post-Christendom culture in which we can no longer assume people will ‘come to church’. Instead we need to do church and mission in the context of ordinary life. The book involves a missional reflection on 1 Peter, looking at how Peter equips his readers to live on the margins and do mission in the face of hostility. But the heart of the book is a number of practical ideas for doing evangelism, discipleship and pastoral care in everyday life. For those of you familiar with my book You Can Change, Everyday Church includes chapters on using ‘the 4 Gs’ from chapter 5 of You Can Change in both everyday pastoral care and evangelism.

Here’s a short ‘trailer’:

Everyday Church is published in the UK by IVP and will be published in the US by Crossway and Re:Lit.

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9 thoughts on “Everyday Church

  1. Very excited for this new book, Tim. Any idea of when Crossway plans on releasing it in North America? Thanks.

    Mark

  2. Fantastic! I’ve been waiting for this book for some time. Instead of waiting for the US release (Crossway) I payed the extra amount to ship here from the UK. I prefer the UK’s IVP edition, which has a better binding and paper.

  3. Hi Tim

    Not a biggie, but just wondering why you give each of your GCs a name. We’re in he process of transitioning to GCs and have just launched our first 3. At first I though it’d be good to give our GCs names (i.e. get them to come up with their own) to promote unity and ownership (rather than just calling the group “Matt & Sue’s group” i.e. the leaders) but also wonder whether it’s a bit too self-conscious if you know what I mean – kinda too official, not “organic”.

    What do you think?

    In Christ

    Pete Thompson

  4. We give our gospel communities names partly because they tend to acquire them in any case. When people want to refer to a specific group they will find a way of doing so. But we also want them to have a clear sense of identity, to be self-conscious about who they are. They are church, after all. Perhaps this is even a kind of test as to whether you really get what missional communities are about. If they are the primary place for belonging and identity then they are likely to have a name. People will want to name the church to which they belong. Perhaps the real question is should you give your gathering a name!

  5. Hi Tim

    Thanks for responding. I suppose we give our gathering a name in a sense to position ourselves in “the marketplace”. In our context (Australia), as in yours, the Sunday gathering is still a valid front-door and people may reach that door through various channels. Having a name often helps. I guess entry into a gospel community however will be much more relationally-based (although this will of course sometimes also be true of entry through “the Sunday door”) so that for this reason at least a name seems less pertinent.

    I take your point about GCs being primary community and agree wholeheartedly. I sometimes refer to GCs as church plants that don’t have to worry about “doing church”. So I think we do get that. But at the same time, I feel that the nature of a transition requires that we be careful not to appear (or to be) separatist or elitist.

    Any further reflections from your own experience or what you’ve seen and heard around the traps?

    In Christ

    Pete

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