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The Ten Most Influential Churches of the Past Century: And How They Impact You Today Paperback – January 20, 2015
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About the Author
Elmer L. Towns is Dean Emeritus of the School of Religion and Theological Seminary at Liberty University, which he cofounded in 1971 with Jerry Falwell. He continues to teach the Pastor’s Bible Class at Thomas Road Baptist Church each Sunday, which is televised on a local network and Angel One.
Top Customer Reviews
The book starts with the Azusa Street Revival and the spread of Pentecostalism, then moves on to discuss the Chinese house church movement, the Civil Rights movement, the Yoido Full Gospel Church, the Sunday School movement, the Bible-expositional preaching movement, seeker-model churches, Baby Boomer churches, Praise-Worship churches, and media-and-marketing outreach churches.
Lessons about the church which the author draws from his study of these influential churches include:
• God is not impressed with denominational labels or systems of theology
• God understands culture and expects us to live our faith in the culture in which we find ourselves
• Churches have life cycles like all other living, organic things
It is easy for a church leader to develop firm convictions about the one correct way to run a church. This book helps to challenge such convictions by showing many different ways in which churches have been “successful”, but also by shining a light on the flaws in those churches and in the characters of their leaders.
The author basically summarizes what he considers to be the top 10 20th century movements vis-a-vis "historic Protestant traditions". He does not cover Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, Scientology, et al, although acknowledging their impact as well.
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Dr. Towns does a masterful job of articulating where we are today based on the 10 main churches God used for Kingdom expansion. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kyle Windsor
Good review of the impact of these great churches. Also an update of the work of the Holy Spirit in the world today--past and present.Published 8 months ago by Kenneth Mayton