I just took a roadtrip to Sydney to see Stryper – they were awesome. I took with me 12 hours of talks from The Total Church North America Conference 2008. They were very good – challenged me about a lot of things – but also these guys were talking about what I have been thinking about myself lately.

Have any of you guys come across the ‘Total Church’ stuff before?
Steve Timmis talks about what Church looks like apart from a Sunday.
Does Church cease to exist after we stop meeting?
What does it mean to ‘be church’ during the week?
Lot’s of good stuff about community and relating to each other.

This talk on rethinking attractional Church was good. The Q&A times are worth listening to too.

I have just ordered ‘TOTAL CHURCH’ to read. Is anyone interested in reading it together and discussing it on Pastor 2 Pastor?

9 Comments on Total Church

  1. Got the book – downloading the talks.
    When do you want to read it? What program do you have in mind? Let me know.

  2. Who is Stryper?

    I heard Timmis at the KCC Pastor’s Conf last week and found him very thought provoking. He helped me engage in thinking about God’s church at Epping.

    I’m keen to read TOTAL CHURCH and chat about it – count me in.


  3. Who is Styper???? O Russ you are missing out. When were you born?

  4. Pete Thompson says:

    Hi Guys

    I read Total Church about 2 years ago now and it’s been shaping my thinking ever since. It’s powerful stuff. We had Steve Timmis up here last week for a day with the presbytery (and a few other hangers-on) and did a lot of Q&A with him. It was pretty exciting.

    I’d love to chat more with you guys because I think this is important stuff.


  5. paul says:

    Russ you seriously need a an attack of yellow & black!

  6. Alistail Bain says:

    I’m a very big fan of Total Church. But not really a fan of Stryper (when they covered *Friends* by Amy Grant they lost me – http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=.....re=related

    But as for Total Church: I’m a big fan. We had Tim Chester down here last month and I lapped it up.

    Anything he’s written is worth reading. Ordinary Hero is my fave.

  7. Alistair Bain says:

    I can’t spell. Not even my own name.

  8. Yes Alistair they did go through a bad patch that went for 20 years. But their first three albums are great, and they are back again!

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