This month’s free book, Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional, begins with a balanced view of a hot debate—that between the traditional and emerging church.
The author, Pastor Jim Belcher, then introduces a third way, “deep church” (a term coined by C. S. Lewis).
In Belcher’s words, this award-winning book (2010 Christianity Today Best Book, 2010 Golden Canon Award Leadership Journal) is for:
- Those “caught in-between. They are unhappy with the present state of the evangelical church but are not sure where to turn for an answer.”
- “Those on the outside who want to understand the debate. They are new to the conversation and want to understand what all the fuss is about. They have heard of the emerging church but have no idea what the term stands for or what it is advocating. The whole conversation seems foreign and is outside their church reality. Why is this debate important? How does it affect their church world? Should it concern them?”
- “Seminarians, those who are attempting to work out their ecclesiology—their theological view of the church, its purpose, structure, and goals. Seminary is a great time to test inherited beliefs, dig deeper, and then slowly work out in greater depth biblical convictions about ministry. This book lays out the options, the two sides of the debate, so seminarians can get a handle on what they believe Christianity and the church is all about.”
- “Pastors who have been in the ministry for a while and have begun to question how ministry is practiced in their context. . . . Though they may not know how to achieve it, they know they want a deep church, one that is profoundly meaningful to them and their community and brings glory to God.”
Read about deep evangelism, deep worship, deep preaching, and more in this book Tim Keller calls “important.” Get it free now.