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Arnold Come's chief concern is a re-evaluation of the ministry of the Church, but before he can proceed with this, he first works in detail through the purpose and mission of the Church, with some surprising and challenging results. When he has formulated the function and purpose of the Church, he is in much better position to describe what its ministry should be, and he produces some very radical thoughts. Not the least is that the present distinction between clerical and lay members of the Church must cease, because all have a specific ministry in the body of Christ. Then he challenges us with the fact that the Church has been too much pre-occupied with its ministry to itself, and has therefore often lost its mission to the world, which can only be discharged by all the members, and not by a few pros doing the work for the rest. Above all the Church must recognize that its calling as the elect in Christ is not to enjoy privileges, but rather to act as his agents in the reconciliation of the world and every person in it to the will of a heavenly Father who has already made himself known not merely by promise, but by the personal revelation of himself in Jesus Christ. The writer has cast his message in non-technical form, so that pastors might well pass the book along among their parish leaders and thinkers. Whether or not its points are accepted entirely, they deserve a good hearing, and the concept of church life will be clarified for many by Arnold Come's suggestions.

Publisher: Westminster Press