The Gospel-driven Church: Retrieving Classical Ministries for Contemporary Revivalism

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This book by Ian Stackhouse is part of the Deep Church series, Dr Andrew Walker is editing, and published by Paternoster. I first met Ian several years ago when I went back to do some postgraduate theology and he was finishing his master degree, at the London School of Theology. Ian has now done a PhD, and this book is the result of that work. Ian is now senior minister at a baptist church in Guildford.

This is an amazing book. Something to chew over and digest. If you want to take an intentional look at the modern church, and yet don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, Ian offers a way to renew existing traditions, and retrieve ones we have lost.

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Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver B.C., Canada. ‘A most welcome ally in our "stay against confusion."

Book Description from Amazon.com Charismatic Renewal has at the core of its ideology an aspiration for revival. This is a laudable aspiration, but in recent years, in the absence of a large-scale evangelistic impact, it has encouraged a faddist mentality among church leaders. The Gospel DrivenChurch documents this development and the numerous theological and pastoral distortions that take place when genuine revival fervour transmutes into revivalism. Moreover, Stackhouse aims to show how a retrieval of some of the core practices of the church, such as preaching, sacraments, the laying of hands and prayer is essential at this crucial stage in the trajectory of the renewal movement in the UK. He commends to church leaders a recovery of these means of grace - including Spirit baptism - as a way of keeping the church centred on gospel rather than mere pragmatic concerns about size and numbers.