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Uniting Church and Home, A Blueprint for Rebuilding Church Community Paperback – January 1, 1999

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"...a stimulating book on the relation of church and family. Theologically sensitive and passionately practical." -- Dr. Dan Doriani, Vice President for Academics and Professor of New Testament Covenant Theological Seminary

"Eric Wallace shows that he understands both the crucial nature of the Church as the Body of Christ and the reasons why, as we enter a new millennium, that community is failing to fulfill the vision of its Lord. His understanding of households as the critical focus of local church life, together with his approach to equipping households for ministry, holds the promise of a reformation in the way we structure and grow our churches, and may just help to point the way toward real revival in our day." -- T.M. Moore, President, Chesapeake Seminary

"Home schooling families especially will find this to be an encouraging book, filled with practical, workable ideas for integrating the church and home." -- Mike Farris, President, Home School Legal Defense

"In a day of raging confusion about ministry-models, Eric Wallace speaks with clarity about the necessity of uniting church and home. This approach expresses the covenant concept of home and church working together to tradition the faith to the next generation. This timely book is, indeed, a blueprint for covenant community." -- Susan Hunt, Director of Women in the Church, PCA Christian Education and Publications Committee

"In this age of 'high tech' we need to be 'high touch.' This is especially true in terms of ministry. Mr. Wallace has demonstrated for us in practical terms what it means to walk by grace through faith in terms of relationships within the body of Christ. I believe this book presents a great remedy to the 'business-as-usual,' bureaucratic form of ministry which builds walls between people rather than tear them down. It is wonderful to read a book on ministry which carries the 'sweet savor' of the gospel throughout its presentation." -- Rev. Benton Taylor Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church

"These ideas that have been expressed to me over the years in embryonic form have finally been fully developed and written in a clear and precise manner. This book clearly defines an innovative and challenging vision for the renovation of the modern church." -- Rev. Floyd Hall, Penn's Woods United Methodist Church

"This is an important book, it offers a cooperative, integrated, and covenantal approach to life rarely seen in these fragmented, individualistic times..." -- Dr. George Grant, President, Bannockburn College

"This book is a must read for Evangelical parents, church leaders, and educators." -- Dr. John H. White, Former President, National Association of Evangelicals

About the Author

Eric Wallace is director of Solutions for Integrating Church and Home which seeks to restore a household approach to ministry in the local church. He serves as director of Family Ministries for the Harvester Presbyterian Church in America in Springfield, Virginia; as an advisory board member for the Home Educators Association of Virginia, and has served as a staff writer for Mary Prides, Practical Homeschooling magazine. He has spoken at conferences and churches across the country. He and his family live in Springfield, Virginia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Solutions for Integrating Church &; Third Printing edition (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966731107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966731101
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By torowan on January 3, 2004
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In this book, Eric Wallace challenges the tendency
* to be programme-centric, and especially to promote programmes that pull households apart into separate directions, and
* to barrage individuals with teaching and activities that are so disjointed they can't be effectively acted on.
Western culture has largely torn apart the household and treats each person as an autonomous individual, to our collective loss; this book challenges the church to put that sociological trend in reverse.
There are many excellent ideas, and interesting and helpful suggestions, in this guide. Wallace seeks to develop relationships that build people, whatever their status: for example, children should be an integrated part of ministry, rather than someone to just entertain until they can grow up and contribute.
The ideas presented in this book are largely sociological, rather than theological; and are based on anecdotal rather than systematic interpretation of scripture (a frequent too malaise of popular books!). Wallace tends to simply state premises as facts (e.g., "the primary means of evangelism in the early church was in the household"), without giving a scriptural defence of their truth.
Wallace emphasizes the idea that the church is the collection of people who believe in Jesus Christ, wherever we are, rather than a building -- a very correct idea. This is valuable if considered as a contribution on one topic within a balanced Christian worldview. The risk I fear is our trend to make such ideas The Big Thing, and give them much more of a place of centrality, much more prominence, than they deserve.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2000
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Uniting Church and Home presents an old and honorable formula for today's families and churches to learn anew--truly structuring the modern-day church to strengthen families instead of undermining them. Eric Wallace lays the groundwork for understanding what paradigm shift needs to be made and how to do it. I recommend that all pastors read this. I also recommend that every family looking for answers to why "church" seems to be more of a hindrance than a help read this book. Be prepared to have your thinking challenged. Having come from a church that has made the blueprint work, I know that it can make a wonderful difference in the life of church and family.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rob Tong on April 10, 2008
I bought this book b/c I'm looking to start a Sunday School class for parents that would equip them to lead their household rather than use the church as a crutch (see Voddie Baucham's excellent book "Family-Driven Faith"). As one reviewer said, there are a lot of anecdotal stories but not much scriptural analysis. But the real fault is how he states his principle that relationships through age-integrated church & classes, not programs, bring about life change...by just beating this dead horse for 12 chapters! I was amazed how many different ways an author can restate his position.

When I finally got to Chapter 13 (the supposed application of this principle), I got a few one-paragraph examples of churches who went age-integrated but no specifics on how it was carried out. There was one example of father-child projects in a S.S. class but that was about it.

I like the principles Eric describes, but the book is a mile wide but only an inch deep. Get the book if you need to be convinced the age-integrated church model is better than the program-centric church model; skip the book if you already agree with that philosophy and are looking for specifics.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1999
Eric Wallace has hit upon a deep heart-desire of many Christian families to be a part of a real functioning body of fellow believers who value the family as a unit rather than divide it into component parts. In this day of fractured families, Eric has pointed the way clearly for the church and families to be united in their life and mission. This is a vital message for all Christians! The next generation depends upon it! Must reading!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rochelle Sundholm on May 31, 2001
What a blessing to find a book that verbalizes the very things we have been feeling for so many years! The household approach to worship, teaching and ministery is exactly what is needed to bring our families back to living out their faith together in a manner that witnesses to the world.
It was with such relief that we read this book. Churches need to support the role of the families, and families in turn need to support the church. When these two are working to build each other up, a beautiful relationship that doesn't pull the family away from each other, but toward each other will result.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any family, household and pastor that senses a need for a different kind of balance between church and home, one that brings the family together AND stimulates the life of their church, all while eliminating segregation between the ages and encourages biblical roles and responsibilities.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rochelle Sundholm on March 4, 2002
Over the past few years, my husband and I have been growing in our uncomfortableness with the way our church and most churches have organized themselves. Without understanding why, or what it was we were sensing, we began to discover that what we were growing to want and believe in, was something very different than what contemporary churches were offering. We treasure our family, and wanted to find a way to worship, learn and grow together, not just at home, but in our church as well.
The segration of ages was disturbing to us because of what we were seeing happen. We couldn't put a finger on it, but something didn't feel right.
After reading this book, we were so encouraged! Most people didn't understand what we tried to explain to them because they had never felt like anything was wrong with the current way of doing things. And unfortunately, most still don't.
This book clearly lays out the very things we had been trying to understand, and gives great biblical insight into why we need to become churches that are uniting families, and not pulling them away from each other.
I could never even begin to explain how much reading this book meant to us, or how much it taught us. Our prayer now, is that someone, somewhere in our community will be receptive to the ideas in the book, and desire to become a church that doesn't segregate, but joins families together in worship and learning.
Eric Wallace has written a tremendous book that I hope you will read!
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