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The Rebirth of the Church: Applying Paul's Vision for Ministry in Our Post-Christian World by [Gibbs, Eddie]
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"A robust, prophetic missiology for the post-Christendom era"

"This is a robust, prophetic missiology for the post-Christendom era from a mature expert who has helped guide us for the last four decades. The advice is sound and the implications are unavoidable. Definitely a worthwhile read."
--Alan Hirsch, author of numerous award-winning books, founder of Forge Mission Training Network, and leader of Future Travelers (www.alanhirsch.org)

"In The Rebirth of the Church, Eddie Gibbs offers a rich, thought-provoking, and thoroughly biblical approach to church leadership. Gibbs brings his wise and winsome approach to bear on key leadership issues that pertain both to New Testament churches and twenty-first century communities. Only he could write a volume that illuminates and addresses these two worlds in such a compelling way."
--Ryan Bolger, Fuller Theological Seminary; editor of The Gospel after Christendom

"We have all come to appreciate Eddie Gibbs's insightful critique of the church--and of church leadership--in the contemporary Western world. The Rebirth of the Church is classic Gibbs with a twist. Here he delves deeply and skillfully into the New Testament documents in order to provide direction for the church in the pluralistic culture we now inhabit. The result is a refreshing and persuasive challenge to exchange an unbiblical, consumerist institutionalism that has been so characteristic of American evangelicalism for a relationally robust ecclesiology that offers hope for the future."
--Joe Hellerman, Talbot School of Theology; team pastor, Oceanside Christian Fellowship; author of When the Church Was a Family

"Eddie Gibbs's newest book could be his most influential. The recovery of Christianity's engagement with secular communities is crucial; if that does not happen, not much else will happen."
--George Hunter, School of World Mission and Evangelism, Asbury Theological Seminary

About the Author

Eddie Gibbs (DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor emeritus of church growth in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and contributes to the Study of Emerging Churches at the Brehm Center for

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  • File Size: 1760 KB
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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0801039584
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (July 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 15, 2013
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  • Language: English
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By Dr. Robert J. Vajko VINE VOICE on August 19, 2013
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The author of this book takes a look at Paul's ministry context in the first century, discovers the principles that he used and then reapplies them into the twenty-first century. He wants to avoid an approach characterized as " `restorationism,' as though the New Testament church existed in some ideal form to which we need to return. Rather we will revisit the early church from the perspective of our post-Christendom awareness to see what we might have missed in our previous reading because of our Christendom-bound cultural bias or blindness" (25).

Gibbs does this in two main sections: Part One: Comparing Contexts and Part Two: Issues and Insights. In part one he deals with the context of the 21st century and the context of the 1st century.

Then in part two, Gibbs applies Paul's ministry principles to our what he calls our "Post-Christendom Contexts" (10). He critiques the following tendencies: 1) the preaching of an "individualistic, therapeutic, and life-beyond-death version of the gospel" (165); 2) the planting of churches that need discipleship rather than forming churches of disciples (67); 3) an academic training for the ministry that is "strong in the area of rational intelligence but weak in terms of relational intelligence" (241); 4) "churches that operate with a solo-or lead-pastor model" (234-5); and 5) the training for the ministry that "has tended to neglect spiritual formation and character building" (236).

This reviewer appreciates this book's emphasis upon a biblical basis for ministry as seen in church planting with a clear grounding in the Trinitarian working of God (186), the four characteristics of effective leadership: character, competence, charisma, and commitment (167 & 248), and the importance of vision in leadership. This last quality is seen as Gibbs comments, "It has been said that a church that isn't going anywhere doesn't need a leader; a caretaker will do!" (74).
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Many different churches, denominations, movements have tried to relate Church, mission, and culture, but few have reportedly succeeded in what they planned to do. In the past few decades, the idea of "church growth" was the popular paradigm for Church and mission. Programs and literature are produced to accompany the excitement. The next paradigm becomes "church health" in which churches tend to prefer to be healthy inside first before reaching out to others. More recently, the excitement hovers around the term "missional" which is an initiative to let any mission work reflect God both directly as well as indirectly. The belief is that the heart of missional work is not about initiatives, projects, or programs. The heart of missional is God. Missions in this instance is not simply a program, but a full-fledged demonstration of one's identity in a missional God. While in the past, the evangelicals tend to be more "defensive" of key doctrines and theological stands as they live counter-culturally; the liberals tend to be more concerned about "relevance" to the culture around them; the Anabaptists work toward purity and separation from the culture; the missional aims to be the Church within the culture. All of these movements struggle with acceptance by the wider Christian population. All because of the increasing separation of Ecclesiology and Missiology, so says Eddie Gibbs, Professor Emeritus of Church Growth at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Gibbs begins with a no-holds-barred criticisms of the post-modern Church, calling them fragmented, reductionistic, and largely reflective of the culture around them, instead of being an influencer or them.
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Rebirth of the Church
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The contents are related to Today's world and very helpful to my course.
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