Dry Bones Can Live

Dry Bones Can Live

How to be part of a healthy church

The Christian Church in the west is in rapid and serious decline. “Dry Bones can live” proposes a dynamic remedy.


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Many people believe in Jesus Christ but want nothing to do with the church. Some others who call themselves committed Christians will not commit to a local church. We have to be honest. There is a dearth in the church in many countries. At times the church has been very sick and the illness seemed to be terminal; yet it survives and in many places grows phenomenally. Dry Bones can live, addresses this problem and proposes a dynamic remedy; setting out a strategy for local churches to consider. It is full of stories from the pastor’s casebook, which illustrate the reality and effectiveness of the Gospel in transforming lives. The text offers practical guidance for leaders and the whole church drawn from over forty years in ministry, where the principles discussed have been successfully put into practice. Its emphasis in making, growing and keeping disciples is a must for the church in the 21st century. I believe with all my heart that the local church can not only change the world but shake it.

REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

I read a book on growing a church with greater interest when I know it is written by a ‘hands on’ practitioner. It is a bonus if you know the author personally. I can tick both boxes on ‘Dry Bones can live’. John James is a personal friend of 25 years and this book is straight from the breadth of his pastoral wisdom and experience of growing and sustaining a healthy church. Highly commended. ~ Rev David Coffey, President, Baptist World Alliance

This is a welcome and rich resource for anyone serious about seeing their church grow. Drawing from the decades of his own experience of leading an effective local Church in Penarth, John provides stirring biblical insight, enlightening stories and wise advice. ~ Rev Elfed Godding, National Director, Evangelical Alliance Wales

This book is packed with the words of a pastor with a heart for mission. It is full of stories from the pastor’s casebook, which illustrate the reality and effectiveness of the Gospel in transforming lives. The text offers practical guidance for leaders and the whole church drawn from over forty years in ministry, where the principles discussed have been successfully put into practice. It’s emphasis in making, growing and keeping disciples is a must for the church in the 21st century. ~ Rev Dr John Weaver, Principal, South Wales Baptist College, & President Baptist Union of Great Britain

John James is well known for two things – his passionate commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ and his constant encouragement of local church renewal. I can therefore commend this book as an entirely accurate reflection of John’s life and ministry. We live in days of huge challenge for the people of God but also ones of staggering opportunity. I pray that John’s words will be carefully read and that they will help to enthuse and encourage many people. ~ Rev Jonathan Edwards, General Secretary, Baptist Union of Great Britain

John James hasn't just written about it - he has done it. Here is wisdom gained over many years of fruitful ministry from a man that believes with all his heart that the local church can not only change the world but shake it. ~ Rob Parsons, Author and National Director of Care for the Family

ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
John James
John James John James was Pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church Penarth from1982 to 2008 when he moved into an itinery Ministry. Tabernacle knew steady g...
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