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Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community (Re:Lit)

Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community (Re:Lit)

Two pastors outline and apply a pair of overarching biblical principles that call the current body of Christ to a deep restructuring of its life and mission.

“Church is not a meeting you attend or a place you enter,” write pastors Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. “It’s an identity that is ours in Christ. An identity that shapes the whole of life so that life and mission become ‘total church.'” With that as their premise, they emphasize two overarching principles to govern the practice of church and mission: being gospel-centered and being community-centered. When these principles take precedence, say the authors, the truth of the Word is upheld, the mission of the gospel is carried out, and the priority of relationships is practiced in radical ways. The church becomes not just another commitment to juggle but a 24/7 lifestyle where programs, big events, and teaching from one person take a backseat to sharing lives, reaching out, and learning about God together.

In Total Church, Chester and Timmis first outline the biblical case for making gospel and community central and then apply this dual focus to evangelism, social involvement, church planting, world missions, discipleship, pastoral care, spirituality, theology, apologetics, youth and children’s work. As this insightful book calls the body of Christ to rethink its perspective and practice of church, it charts a middle path between the emerging church movement and conservative evangelicalism that all believers will find helpful.

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What’s the total membership number for First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana?

Question by What’s it all about?: What’s the total membership number for First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana?
Then, how many of those are actual active members?

Best answer:

Answer by The Amp Man
They have one service on Sunday mornings in a 7,500 seat auditorium.

In 1990 they supposedly had a weekly attendance of 20,000. Under Jack Hyles they were running about 3 services on Sundays mornings. Now in a 7500 seat building attendance has doubled, according to the Church website.

Something about their math sounds funny as I have also heard they have over 100,000 members by Pastors loyal to all things Hyles-Anderson.

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