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The Rebirth of the Church: Applying Paul's Vision for Ministry in Our Post-Christian World
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The Rebirth of the Church: Applying Paul's Vision for Ministry in Our Post-Christian World


Baker Academic 2013

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Churches across the western world have become increasingly fragmented and marginalized, often struggling to survive. In The Rebirth of the Church, Eddie Gibbs addresses the challenges of reimagining the church in a post-Christian world. He gleans critical biblical insights from the early church’s experience to help contemporary leaders and churches minister more effectively.

Gibbs compares the social and cultural context of the twenty-first century with that of the first century, exploring what can be learned about the birthing of churches in the book of Acts and in Paul’s letters. He identifies the issues Paul faced in order to sustain a movement growing exponentially and considers what lessons might be learned in addressing current challenges in the church. The book examines vital issues not only for the survival of the church, but also for its revitalization and rebirth.

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Key Features

  • Discusses cultural and political issues in the modern church
  • Draws examples from Paul’s ministry
  • Examines ways to revitalize today’s churches


  • Comparing Contexts
    • Engaging Twenty-First-Century Post-Christendom Contexts
    • Engaging First-Century Contexts
  • Issues and Insights
    • Urban Engagement
    • Birthing New Churches
    • Caring for New Churches
    • Welcoming and Incorporating New Members into the Body of Christ
    • Upholding the Apostolic Message
    • Relationships within the Church and with the World
    • Mission and Ministry, Then and Now

Praise for the Print Edition

This is a robust, prophetic missiology for the post-Christendom era from a mature expert who has helped guide us for the last four decades. The advice is sound and the implications are unavoidable. Definitely a worthwhile read.

Alan Hirsch, founder, Forge Mission Training Network

In The Rebirth of the Church, Eddie Gibbs offers a rich, thought-provoking, and thoroughly biblical approach to church leadership. Gibbs brings his wise and winsome approach to bear on key leadership issues that pertain both to New Testament churches and twenty-first century communities. Only he could write a volume that illuminates and addresses these two worlds in such a compelling way.

—Ryan Bolger, associate professor, Fuller Theological Seminary

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About Eddie Gibbs

Eddie Gibbs is professor emeritus of church growth at the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, and contributes to the study of emerging churches at the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. He is the author of ChurchMorph, Emerging Churches, ChurchNext, and more.