Just finished reading Paul E Brown's Church life . The strap line says, "its nature, privileges, demands and blessings". I think this book was sent to me. I do not remember buying it, but I may be wrong! I also could not find a link to it on Amazon.
The book was helpful, but the problem is that it attempts to cover all the relevant ground of church life. After reading, I was wondering who this book is aimed at. For church leaders it says nothing new and lacks sufficient depth. For church members it includes material not relevant to them, and says one or two incorrect things. It is still worth the read. I am just not sure who I would recommend it to!
In the [local] church people do not pick and choose what they are going to hear; they do not simply listen to well known or favorite preachers via the modern media. It is their pastor who brings the Word to them, someone who knows them, who meets with them, who is growing in his knowledge and understading of the memebrs. Church members often do not realise what a blessing it is to have ministry like this week by week.
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