The New Testament Church as Ekklesia

Church renewal is “in the air.” Renewal theorists such as Lawrence O. Richards have stimulated serious thought in the minds of frustrated pastors who, in turn, create a spirit of re-formation in their congregations. The new interest often results in superficial change, adding yet another link to the program-chain that keeps the church intact. But sometimes it results in a totally new approach to Church life. Robert Girard describes his transformed pastoral ministry in his book, Brethren, Hang Loose. Donald Allen writes of his pastoral experience in a house-Church in his book, Barefoot in the Church. Other churches are studying Body Life by Ray Stedman.

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