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A New Kind of Church: Understanding Models of Ministry for the 21st Century
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A New Kind of Church: Understanding Models of Ministry for the 21st Century


Baker Books 2007

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How should we do church in a changing world? There’s no question the world is changing. Many churches are changing with it, adopting new models for ministry: emergent, seeker, purpose-driven, multisite, and so on. These models have been greeted with enthusiasm, but also with controversy and criticism. What are we to make of this? Does Scripture prescribe a standard model for doing church? Or is there freedom within certain guidelines?

In A New Kind of Church, respected church consultant Aubrey Malphurs addresses these important questions. The heart of the book outlines a means for evaluating any church model, including:

  • A proper way of interpreting what Scripture says about the local church
  • A theology of change
  • A theology of culture and church
  • A definition of the local church

This important book is for anyone concerned with the state of the church, but it is especially valuable for church leaders considering change in their own churches.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Examines how the church is changing
  • Outlines how to evaluate any church model
  • Provides insights into ways the church could change in the future


  • Changing Times
    • Who Is Changing? Churches Are Changing
    • Why Are Churches Changing? The Buck Stops Here!
    • Should Churches Change? Arguments against New-Model Churches
  • Changing Churches
    • Doing Church: Interpreting the Biblical Passages
    • The Changing Church: Developing a Theology of Change
    • The Connecting Church: Developing a Theology of Culture
    • Defining Church: Developing a Definition of the Local Church
    • The Serving Church: The Biblical Concept of Servanthood
    • The Thinking Church: Evaluating Church Models
    • The Strategizing Church: Developing a New-Model Church

Praise for the Print Edition

Anyone who is a student of church health will greatly benefit from the sage wisdom Malphurs provides. This sort of insight is rare and valuable. Audrey helps us confront our assumptions so we can move toward health and vitality in our congregations.

—Alan Nelson, executive editor, Rev! magazine

A New Kind of Church will encourage you to think biblically and strategically about the church in North America today. Audrey Malphurs loves the church and its leaders and his insights will inspire.

Ed Stetzer, visiting professor of research and missiology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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About Aubrey Malphurs

Aubrey Malphurs (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is senior professor of pastoral ministries and leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary and president of the Malphurs Group. He engages in church consulting and training, and is the author of more than 20 ministry books, including Doing Church: A Biblical Guide for Leading Ministries through Change.

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