This book tackles what the character of evangelicalism as a loose coalition of Christians says about the movement's attitude toward the church. Are certain ecclesiologies more in keeping with the evangelical ethos than others? What is the role of parachurch organizations in shaping evangelical church structure? Contributors from several disciplines and a variety of denominations, including Howard Snyder, George Hunsberger, and Roger Olson, examine the state of the evangelical church. What do evangelicals need to hear and say about ecclesiology today? This volume brings together fresh reflections-and provocations-on the subject of the church.
Part 1 Inspiration from Our Heritage 1. Is Evangelical Ecclesiology an Oxymoron? A Historical Perspective -D. Bruce Hindmarsh 2. Recovering a Trinitarian and Sacramental Ecclesiology -Kerry Dearborn Part 2 Programmatic Proposals 3. The Marks of Evangelical Ecclesiology -Howard A. Snyder 4. Evangelical Conversion toward a Missional Ecclesiology -George R. Hunsberger Part 3 The Best Ecclesiology? 5. One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic: Awaiting the Redemption of Our Body -Edith M. Humphrey 6. Free Church Ecclesiology and Evangelical Spirituality: A Unique Compatibility -Roger E. Olson 7. The "Gift" of the Church -Michael Jinkins Part 4 Responses 8. Paul Zahl 9. Richard Beaton