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Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church Paperback – October 1, 2012
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In Creature of the Word you will learn that the Bible is not about us; it is about Jesus and how to live all of life with Him, like Him, and for Him. This is a foundational, practical, and helpful book for both Christians and church leaders.
About the Author
Matt Chandler serves as Lead Pastor of Teaching at The Village Church in Flower Mound, TX. He has served in that role since December 2002 and describes his tenure at The Village as a re-planting effort where he was involved in changing the theological and philosophical culture of the congregation. The church has witnessed a tremendous response growing from 160 people to over 10,000 with campuses in Flower Mound, Dallas and Denton.
Alongside his current role as lead pastor, Matt is involved in church planting efforts both locally and internationally through The Village and various strategic partnerships. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over 10 years where he spoke to thousands of people in America and abroad about the glory of God and beauty of Jesus. His greatest joy outside of Jesus is being married to Lauren and being a dad to their three children, Audrey, Reid and Norah.
Recently, Matt was named president of Acts 29, a worldwide church-planting organization. Over the last 10 years, Acts 29 has emerged from a small band of brothers to over 400 churches in the United States and networks of churches in multiple countries.
Matt speaks at conferences throughout the world and has written a book, The Explicit Gospel, published in April 2012.
Eric Geiger serves as one of the Vice Presidents at LifeWay Christian Resources, leading the Resources Division. Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary. Eric has authored or co-authored several books including Creature of the Word and the best selling church leadership book, Simple Church.
Eric is married to Kaye, and they have two daughters: Eden and Evie. During his free time, Eric enjoys dating his wife, playing with his daughters, and shooting basketball.
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i will write in brief for those in ministry. Lots of other reviews will focus on the content of this book. What makes this book of such great value, IMO, is the focus on the Gospel as a Philosophy that undergirds all ministry decisions.
In short, this is Matt Chandler's philosophy of ministry of the Village church. Whether or not in 100% agreement with his philosophy, I believe you will benefit from this read as he gives us the process and theological framework of his philosophy. Pastors and elders can discern if these categories for and what their specific ministry focus should be. .. Still, I think most evangelical (especially those who are broadly reformed) will agree with the framework and then would be encouraged to tweak for their specific focus.
If you aren't actively deciding and or implementing ministry functions, I think you will find this less interesting than others will. Still, I have to give this 5 stars as it has been some time since I have read such a detailed philosophy of Christian Ministry that is so far reaching and helpful.
So when everyone and his pet monkey kept talking about being "gospel-centered," I began to wear out on the buzzword and felt compelled to avoid it. We are a "gospel-centered" church, but avoided the lingo as to not get caught up in fads or appear like a copy-cat church.
That's why, since our inception, we have talked bout being a "Jesus-centered community." In our context, everyone talks about God. But something happens when a person truly meets Jesus. So we focus on Jesus and his death & resurrection in everything we do.
So when I saw that Matt, Josh, and Eric put out a book with a subtitle of "The Jesus-centered Church" I was at first bothered that they would steal my lingo <insert eye-wink here> but also curious that someone else appeared to be talking about the type of church I was aiming to build to reach our community with the gospel.
What an encouragement it was to read a book by guys who have been in the trenches talking about the very things I have felt compelled to do personally as I lead my new, young church. It was incredibly affirming to me in how I have aimed to plant our church. And I'm glad I didn't read it before we planted - or I might have steered clear as to not be a "copy-cat." And that would be a mistake. Because this book isn't about surface issues - it's about heart issues. Both new churches and existing churches can benefit from this book. Both modern churches and traditional churches can glean wisdom from this book. This isn't about trying to create copy-cat churches - this book is about making Jesus the center of everything you do as a church.
This is why our small staff of two is reading it together right now. And this year, as we start our very first leadership team/elder board, this will be one of the books we read together. So thanks Matt, Josh, and Eric for such a great book that is helping my small, new church plant keep its focus on Jesus.