Everyday Church – Tim Chester & Steve Timmis
Steve Timmis and Tim Chester are passionate about the church being the church. I love this passion. I think we need more of it. This passion is on full display in Everyday Church. I will admit there were moments as I read through this book that I wondered if my review would be positive or more mixed, but I kept reading and I am glad I did.
I know there are many different models of church currently being deployed in the world today. There are the various incarnations of seeker churches, whether they follow the Willow Creek Model, or the Purpose Driven Model, or the Andy Stanley model, or are just an attractional amalgamation of all of them. There are the more incarnational churches. There are still some thriving traditional churches. There are house churches and there are churches that are a strange mix of all of these. I knew before I opened the cover of this book that these two authors fall fully within the house church camp. My own ministry philosophy is in a different camp, if I had to classify it I would say it is more incarnational, but with a few differences. I say all this to say that I knew I would be stretched and challenged as I read. I have gleaned much from Chester & Timmis’s previous book Total Church, so I read with anticipation.
I was immediately challenged as to how believers should be being the church every day, not just on Sunday. I was pushed to consider new ways that we can bring community, pastoral care, mission, evangelism, and worship to our lives between Sundays. There was a point I was wondering whether or not the authors were elevating all of this above corporate worship. This is where I was unsure as to what nature this review would take.
I still kept reading though and was pleased to see in the conclusion the authors say that weekly corporate gatherings are important. I believe we can learn much from the house church practitioners and we should be incorporating their principles for pushing the light of the Gospel into the dark places of the world. However I believe we can never do this at the expense of weekly corporate gatherings and I was pleased to see Chester & Timmis declare this as well.
I received this book in ebook form from the publisher, Crossway, for the purpose of review with no requirement to write a positive review.