I just finished reading John Stott’s book, The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor. What an excellent read.
As a current church elder, and a potential church planter, thinking through what Church is and should be, how it should look from the inside and the outside, this book was timely and insightful.
Much of what he said resonated strongly with me either because I had experienced the fruit of a church that was operating in the way he described, or more often, because I had experienced the hurt of a church that wasn’t.
I would recommend every Christian read this book, but especially those who are involved in leadership roles with the local church.