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Revolution in the Church



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By Russell Burrill

ISBN: 9781878046291 | 128 pages | Hart Books, dist by Review and Herald Publishing | Copyright 2001

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"As Adventism burns with intense heat in the third world," author Russell Burrill writes in the first chapter of this book, "it barely flames in its homelands. . . Hiring pastors to do the work of the ministry while the laity pay, attend, and observe is not God’s plan for the Adventist church."

What the author proposes here is indeed revolutionary–nothing less than a radical change in how we Adventists "do church." He contends that both pastors and laity have strayed from their biblically assigned roles.

Regardless of how things may have been done in the church for decades now, ministry–soul-winning, evangelistic ministry–is not the primary task of Adventist pastors. As the author clearly establishes from the Bible, the chief job description of pastors is to train lay men and women for ministry. Likewise, the laity must cease delegating away its evangelistic privileges and responsibilities to a paid "priesthood" and rediscover the power of "the priesthood of all believers.

For those comfortable with the status quo of laity as spectators and pastors as the performers of ministry, this book may be less than fully welcomed. But for those eagerly awaiting the second Pentecost, the ideas proposed here–if implemented–will prove to the spark that ignites it.

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"As Adventism burns with intense heat in the third world," author Russell Burrill writes in the first chapter of this book, "it barely flames in its homelands. . . Hiring pastors to do the work of the ministry while the laity pay, attend, and observe is not God’s plan for the Adventist church."

What the author proposes here is indeed revolutionary–nothing less than a radical change in how we Adventists "do church." He contends that both pastors and laity have strayed from their biblically assigned roles.

Regardless of how things may have been done in the church for decades now, ministry–soul-winning, evangelistic ministry–is not the primary task of Adventist pastors. As the author clearly establishes from the Bible, the chief job description of pastors is to train lay men and women for ministry. Likewise, the laity must cease delegating away its evangelistic privileges and responsibilities to a paid "priesthood" and rediscover the power of "the priesthood of all believers.

For those comfortable with the status quo of laity as spectators and pastors as the performers of ministry, this book may be less than fully welcomed. But for those eagerly awaiting the second Pentecost, the ideas proposed here–if implemented–will prove to the spark that ignites it.

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Pages 128
Author Russell Burrill
Publisher Hart Books, dist by Review and Herald Publishing
Language ENG
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Title Catalog Revolution in the Church
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Year Published 08/09/2001
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Russell Burrill


Russell Burrill served as director of the North American Division Evangelism Institute for more than twenty years. He also served as a pastor, evangelist, and church consultant. His other books include The New World Order, Revolution in the Church, Radical Disciples for Revolutionary Churches, The Revolutionized Church of the Twenty-first Century, Rekindling a Lost Passion, Hope When Your World Falls Apart, and Creating Healthy Adventist Churches Through Natural Church Development.