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"Challenging, passionate and insightful. Here is a vision of a whole-life, whole-mission 'Total Church' that embraces both gospel and community."
—Chris Stoddart, Director, Reaching The Unchurched Network
"Here is radical, punchy teaching that provokes, stimulates, challenges, and inspires."
—Vaughan Roberts, Rector of St Ebbe’s, Oxford, England; Director, The Proclamation Trust; author, God's Big Picture
"Total Church digs deep and provides a solid biblical foundation for what it advocates. The argument of the book is very compelling and at the same time very practical."
—David W. Jones, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Coordinator of ThM and Thesis Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Reforming the Morality of Usury
"Written not by armchair experts but by hands-on practitioners, Total Church explores what it means in practice to be both gospel-centered and community-centered. This would be an excellent book to give to your leaders, and to the wider church membership, to provoke discussion and prompt change."
—Peter J. Grainger, Senior Minister, Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh
"Reformed theology and new ways of being church are often regarded as incompatible notions. In this book Tim Chester and Steve Timmis aim to bring the two together in a way that they believe will help church leaders identify ways of relating a conservative theology to the culture, without compromising dearly held principles."
—John Drane, Freelance Consultant to churches in the UK; Professor of Practical Theology, Fuller Seminary, California
Tim Chester (PhD, University of Wales) is a pastor with the Crowded House in Sheffield, UK, and director of the Porterbrook Seminary, which provides integrated theological and missional training for church leaders. He is the coauthor (with Steve Timmis) of Total Church and is the author of over twenty books, including You Can Change, A Meal with Jesus, and Good News to the Poor.
Steve Timmis is the executive director of the Acts 29 church planting network and lead pastor at the Crowded House in Sheffield, UK. He is the author of Gospel-Centred Leadership and I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said That, and the co-author (with Tim Chester) of Total Church.
If only "leaders" of "churches" were serious about doing church and not playing church, building their empire, or their legacy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Moore
Tim Chester and Steve Timmis aim to present a gospel-centered vision of the local church as a fellowship community oriented towards missions in Total Church: A Radical Reshaping... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J.W. Wartick
Haven't finished this but I'm about to and it's awesome! Very engaging, thoughtful, Biblical, and challenging. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Josh D Vick
As someone who has been in church most of my life I am refreshed by the notion of being the church.Published 6 months ago by Bryan Larison
I bought and read Total Church looking for a book that wedded together the centrality of the gospel and the centrality of community. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Andrew Kim
Filled with straw man arguments and false characterizations. A lot of stuff has been written about reaching out to people, using small groups, being accountable, doing discipleship... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brent R. Kelly
This is probably the best book I have read on what the church should be. It is refreshing to see how Chester has done church planting in England and how it has strive to shape it... Read morePublished 6 months ago by despond
In Total Church, authors Chester and Timmis argue for the importance of community, not merely as an aspect of church life, but as the context in which genuine Christianity and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Skip Rainbolt