Does the Bible prescribe a standard way of doing church, or is there freedom within certain guidelines? Offering a "cautious apologetic" for various contemporary models, Malphurs suggests that there is room for innovative ways to carry out ministry while remaining true to Scripture. His theological and interpretive insights and practical suggestions will help your congregation implement change. 192 pages, softcover from Baker.
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Overall I am disappointed with this book. In the first chapter Malphurs with broad strokes began painting a picture of the local church changing radically with the 21st century. He had my attention, with me hoping for some kind of new insight into how to address those changes. Instead, by chapter 3 he fell into a comparison of newer model churches such as Saddleback or Willow Creek to traditional model congregations. Throughout most of this volume, the author summarizes what has been said by other church growth authors, or what he has said in his other books. The best chapters of this book are chapters 1, 2 and 7. Chapter 1 identifies the changing church, and chapter 2 gives insight into why churches are changing. Chapter 7 addresses the vital nature of the local church, and what it is and isn't. With all the emphasis today on small Bible study groups and para-church movements, the authors’ thoughts here are worth the price of the book.This title is worth the money due to presence of the three chapters mentioned. It isn't worth the time to read it in its entirety, especially if you have read other works by Malphurs.