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North American evangelicals learned to do church in relation to modernity, asserts David Fitch. Furthermore, evangelicals have begun to model their ministries after the secular sciences or even to farm out functions of the church whenever it seems more efficient. As a result, the church, too often, has stopped being the church.

In The Great Giveaway, Fitch examines various church practices and shows how and why each function has been compromised by modernity. Discussing such ministries as evangelism, physical healing, and spiritual formation, Fitch challenges Christians to reclaim these lost practices so that the church can regain its influence. Pastors, leaders, and students who minister to the postmodern world will find in this book fresh insight that will stir the hearts of many and spark much-needed discussion about the evangelical church.

Review:

"This is a searing but loving insider critique of the individualism that marks North American evangelicals. Fitch, senior pastor of the Life on the Vine Christian community in Arlington Heights, Ill., blames an embrace of modernism for attempts by evangelicals to 'individualize, commodify, and package Christianity.' He criticizes mega-churches that end up functioning like capitalist businesses with CEO-style pastors judging success by the number of 'decisions for Christ' produced. Each chapter outlines the various ways evangelicalism has 'given away' its influence and then offers concrete practices designed to help the church reclaim its mission. Fitch's most scathing criticism is saved for the evangelical willingness to embrace modern psychology, which he blasts as patient-centered rather than Christ-centered. He challenges evangelical churches to think smaller (in terms of congregation size), place less focus on coercive evangelism, return to communal catechesis, offer more liturgical worship and provide opportunities for small group intimacy where Christians can confess their sins, repent, read scripture and pray together regularly. Intellectually rigorous, this book's critical tone will undoubtedly upset many conservative evangelicals, but will point the way for the more moderate ones for years to come." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A provocative and timely book that shows how the church can reclaim its mission that has been lost to modernity.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801064838
Editor:
Fitch, David
Publisher:
Baker Books
Author:
Fitch, David
Subject:
Religion - Church Life & Growth
Subject:
Evangelicalism
Subject:
Mission of the church
Subject:
Institutions & Organizations
Subject:
Christianity - Church Administration - General
Subject:
Christian Church - Church Administration
Subject:
Evangelicalism -- United States.
Subject:
Mission of the church - United States
Subject:
Christianity-Pastoral Ministry and Church Leadership
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
263
Dimensions:
8.74x5.90x.78 in. .82 lbs.

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Product details 263 pages Baker Books - English 9780801064838 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This is a searing but loving insider critique of the individualism that marks North American evangelicals. Fitch, senior pastor of the Life on the Vine Christian community in Arlington Heights, Ill., blames an embrace of modernism for attempts by evangelicals to 'individualize, commodify, and package Christianity.' He criticizes mega-churches that end up functioning like capitalist businesses with CEO-style pastors judging success by the number of 'decisions for Christ' produced. Each chapter outlines the various ways evangelicalism has 'given away' its influence and then offers concrete practices designed to help the church reclaim its mission. Fitch's most scathing criticism is saved for the evangelical willingness to embrace modern psychology, which he blasts as patient-centered rather than Christ-centered. He challenges evangelical churches to think smaller (in terms of congregation size), place less focus on coercive evangelism, return to communal catechesis, offer more liturgical worship and provide opportunities for small group intimacy where Christians can confess their sins, repent, read scripture and pray together regularly. Intellectually rigorous, this book's critical tone will undoubtedly upset many conservative evangelicals, but will point the way for the more moderate ones for years to come." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A provocative and timely book that shows how the church can reclaim its mission that has been lost to modernity.
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