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Tony Merida – Love your church: 8 great things about being a church member

The Good Book Company ISBN 9 781 784 986087 175 Pages ​Price £7.99

The timing of this book’s publication could not have been better. It appears after more than a year of seismic global challenges caused by the Covid pandemic. The shock waves have been felt in every strata of society, including the Church. At such a time as this we are forced to review our priorities and revaluate our commitments.

As we re-emerge eventually into more face-to-face church meetings and programmes, a reset will be required. Church leaders and members might well find a book like this an invaluable resource in this process. The author revisits eight key aspects of being part of the church: Belonging, welcoming, gathering, caring, serving, honouring, witnessing and sending.

I like the way that the author combines robust biblical foundations with really down-to-earth practical applications for building on those foundations. This emphasis is enhanced by placing substantial Action Steps at the conclusion of each of the main chapters.

This is a book full of healthy teaching, engagingly written, sensitively illustrated and practically applied to the everyday life of local churches.

Any pastor thinking about a reset in their church at the moment might want to get a copy of this book into the hands of the congregation.

John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex

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